November 16, 2012 2 Comments
The five human senses. They are as individual as you and me. They shape the way we think and react, but without them we would be as exciting as a stunned mullet. Our sense of hearing gets us dancing to our favourite song, our sense of sight gets us thrilled with new content but most importantly, our sense of taste gets us really going! So diverse is our sense of taste, that as a group we will never achieve a unanimous agreement. One thing is for certain though – we all chase after that great taste. As humans beings we are all suckers for good food. To celebrate the diversity that makes Melbourne’s taste buds roar with excitement, the Taste of Melbourne is running from Thursday 15 Nov to Sunday 18 at Albert Park.
We arrived after work on the opening night of Taste of Melbourne, transferring some money into ‘crown’, the currency used at this event ($1 = 1 crown). We apologise upfront for the quality of our photos in this blog – whilst we’d remembered to drag our camera along we forgot to reload it with the memory card. D’oh!
We started off by wandering the vicinity, wetting our appetites with a little starter drink, whilst admiring the good on offer by neighboring restaurants.
The Point had a very interesting display to attract customers!
As we did a lap of the ground we found many exciting products and produce. We just loved some of the gorgeous displays on offer!
We passed a stall by The Aylesbury and knew we had to try it – we’d heard so many amazing things. We ordered the Meredith’s Goats cheese stuffed zucchini flowers, rooftop honey [8 crowns]. It was an explosion of flavours and textures. The honey was a beautiful addition that was perfectly matched to the crispy batter and goats cheese.
Next up was the Salt bush lamb shoulder, peas and mint [8 crown] from Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar. The lamb was nice and tender and the peas were sweet but overall the dish was a little underwhelming. It needed a bit more punch in the broth.
Mahjong was our next target – who could resist Mahjong chili trio dumplings (duck, pork and chicken) [8 crown] and Steamed BBQ pork buns [6 crown]. Miss SL felt that because the dumplings were served luke- warm it them a bit chewy. Mr LB, however, felt the dumpling were of a high quality and we both agreed that the chili dipping sauce was a real hit. The BBQ pork buns were great value for money and served really fresh. The bun itself was light and fluffy and really beautifully made.
As we continued wandering around we noticed the Sensology tent, where cocktail classes were being made. There was an 8pm session to learn how to make Whisky Sours [10 crown] and Miss SL jumped at the chance. We booked in and went to the nearby 666 Tasmanian Vodka stand, where we ordered a cocktail for the pure novelty that it was served in a coconut [14 crown].
We lined up outside Sensology when we bumped into fellow bloggers Miss I-Hua and Agnes (Off The Spork). It turned out there were a number of other bloggers there in the same session as us.. it was apparently the place to be!
It was getting dark and it was time for dessert. We’d passed Burch & Purchese Sweets Studio (commonly known as B&P) earlier in the evening and Miss SL was keen to go back.
Taste of Melbourne is operating at Albert Park Pelican Lawn (closest to MSAC) during twos servings – a lunch session between 12pm – 4pm and a dinner session between 5.30pm – 9.30pm.
Standard tickets can be purchase at Ticketek for $25 or at the door for $30. There is no ATMs located in the event so it would be wised to bring cold hard cash. All stalls operate on a ‘crown currency’ but some do allow to buy items with cash. It’s also not just about eating food for the night, as you can buy an assortment of jams, chutney , sweets and even interesting variations of the traditional Christmas pudding.
- Make sure you pick up the Gourmet Traveller mag
- Movida & Mamasita are quite popular, but Taxi was pumping out good food. Also, if you want splurge 22 crowns for a dish at Taxi you can get 200 grams of delicious Wagyu beef- food envy
- Must try the Pana Organic Chocolates, they will blow your mind
- There is plenty of beer, cider and wine to select and taste
- Sensology is so worth the 10 crowns, plus you could win their cocktail set
- Keep an eye out for celebrity chiefs and owners of brands
Final thought: “Best enjoyed on a warm summers night”