I was a lucky girl the other day and was taken out for dinner at La Luna, in Carlton, Melbourne.
Well, I made myself lucky. The man went here with is friends previously, and I was JEALOUS, so he had to take me.
This is the restaurant of Adrian Richardson, who Aussies might know from the T.V cooking show ‘Good Chef, Bad Chef’, shown on channel 10. Who, I admit, I have a little food crush on! This is the place to go for meat, he and his team, make their own small goods, and hang and age meat on the premises.
Please excuse the photos, the restaurant is fairly dark, and as I still feel like a bit of a douche taking photos of my food, I didn’t put my flash on, and I’ve had to edit the photos to brighten them.
I really wanted to try the chef’s feast, were the kitchen chooses for you, for $85 per person. But decided that was a little expensive and as we are ‘eating well’ probably too much food. However, after seeing the table next to us get it, we regretted it, every thing looked amazing and not too big portions, and they got to try more of the menu.
We shared the the Bacon and Onion Croquettes with Bacon Mayo. You can’t go wrong with bacon and mayo, can you? The mayonnaise had an insane savory smokiness. However, the man thought the Garlic Prawns he had at his last visit were better!
I had the Pepper Crusted Hanger Steak with Salsa Verde. To tell you the truth I got this as a healthier choice, and wasn’t expecting it to be fantastic. But it was pretty good. It was really fresh and zingy. It was cooked perfectly medium rare, and hanger steaks have lots of flavor. The salsa verde, was fresh and piquant. It was served on a bed of wilted spinach.
The man had Crackling wrapped roll of roast pork, roasted vegetables, balsamic shallots. Again perfectly cooked, and the crackling was some of the best I’ve tried. The pork was topped with a really fresh shaved fennel mix, that he really enjoyed. But again be thought that the 500g Rib Eye he had last time was better!
Then we shared a a dessert mezze plate – it was amazing and my last big sugar blow out, for awhile.
It consisted of mini -Creme Brulee, Chocolate Brownie, Triple Choc Mousse, Raspberry Sorbet, and some other delicious homemade ice cream with a Sesame Tulle. Here it is after…
The Brulee was awesome, and the sorbet was just yum fresh insane raspberry flavor!
The restaurants itself is quite small, with an extra seating area up stairs. As mentioned before it quite dark, with decor indicating the chefs love of meat. It could be quite romantic, however, it was very busy were there, and there was little elbow room between tables. It’s in a nice spot, with a little court yard type area adjacent, which provides a bit of a European feel.
Service is knowledgeable, friendly and efficient.
The best part? Adrian himself was there. Earlier in the meal, I saw in helping the floor staff set up extra tables. When we left he was near the cash register and asked if we enjoyed the meal, if we had enough to eat, and told us that it was ok to pick up the bone and chew on it at his restaurant. He then has a bit of chat to us about what were up to later. This was lovely, these days its fairly unusual to see these ‘celebrity’ type chefs, at their restaurants, and it was obvious that he really cares about the food and his customers!
Go there, soon. It will be pricey but worth it, EVERYTHING will be perfectly prepared!