A Vist to the Bad Chef at La Luna -Melbourne

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Then we shared a a dessert mezze plate – it was amazing and my last big sugar blow out, for awhile.

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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…

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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!

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Marcianos Cakes

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YUM YUM

We ordered a birthday cake from here, it was fantastic! Really good value.

The man serving us, told us the Marciano’s delight was the most popular flavor of cake.

It consists of traditional millefeuille (puff pastry) with layers of dulce de leche  and vanilla custard for the bottom half and  Vanilla sponge layered with dulce de leche(caramel), crème Chantilly and fruit for the top, them it is covered with meringue.

 

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I love this cake shop. It offers South American style cakes. On the day we ordered the birthday cake we got there around 2:30 and were starving. Unfortunately they had run out of the traditional Chilean beef empandas, so we went for a sausage roll and cheese empanada. The pastry of both was soo flaky and buttery. The sausage mixture was sweeter with a little spice compared to a standard Aussie version.

They have a large range of  sweet pastries, many filled with dulce de  leche. I’m not sure what these are called, but one that we shared cake was like a Swiss roll filled with dulce de leche instead of jam and coated with icing sugar. The other was  a sponge ball with dulce de leche in the middle, and also used as a coating and ducted with coconut. They are moreish and big, you will need to share!

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A visit to Casa Iberica and Zeigote, Fitzroy.

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I’m planning on feeding a number of people a Mexican feast in the next couple of weeks, and needed to find somewhere in Melbourne that stocks ancho chillies, chipotle chillies in adobo, tomatillos and a few other things.

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A quick Google, led me to Casa Iberica (25 Johnston St, Fitzroy). It stocks products from Spain, well as all over South America and also continental goods. It is also a deli, where you can get small goods, rolls filled to order and sweet and savory pastries. It was awesome! I wish I had more time to explore but we were in a bit of hurry. I’m going back the day before my feast to get fresh corn tortillas, cheese and maybe, some Jarrito or Inca cola soft drinks.

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As you can see from my haul,I found all that I needed (and more), and also found Sherry Vinegar which I have been after for awhile!

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Afterwards, we had a quick lunch at Zeigote, which is a couple of doors down. I had a ‘Spicy Indian Omelet’, it was yummy. Yellow from  turmeric, and full of spice, capsicum and nicely charred onions.

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Hope your all enjoying your weekend!

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