I was fortunate to join the media dinner hosted by MCVB and MCEC during AIME.
Apart from the Business Events media there were a number of food and wine writers at the dinner and I shared a table with the founders of the Australian chapter of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (Kevin Maloney and Graeme Kemlo) and the international president, Maralyn Hill.
After being in such auspicious company I’m not going to attempt to do a review of the restaurant – it wouldn’t be objective anyhow because I enjoyed it too much.
So I enjoyed an entree of Aromatic Seared Quail with crispy porcini risotto, macadamia, parsnip and Chinese five spice.
followed by Seared Ocean Trout with orange, verjus, tomato
we did have vegetables with it as well.
Then for dessert Strawberry Mille-Feuille – now you will note that I took the lead from my learned colleagues at the table and took photos of the first two courses – well now for the wine list (and you might appreciate why I didn’t get around to photographing dessert)
Crittenden Estate Pino Gringo (Mornington Peninsular)
Mandala Chandonnay (Yarra Valley)
Toolangi Estate Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley)
and of course I had to sample each of them so that I could report that they are all very fine drops.
DUCK DUCK GOOSE, which is in Melbourne’s QV building, is modern and described as French Chinese. I think it is a damm good example of how Australians embrace food styles from many cultures and match it to the fresh local produce to create a wonderful dining experience.