Posted on | April 10, 2011 | 19 Comments
Recently I went on a girls’ night out with friends, Emily and Jo. Nothing dodgy of course, just a nice dinner at a semi-flashy restaurant. We went to Comme Kitchen (a 1-hat restaurant in the Good Food Guide, if you’re into that sort of thing), which is located in a beautiful, historical building down a cobblestone laneway. As you walk in, you’re greeted by a grand staircase, and to the right is a large bar area with soaring high ceilings. The dining room, adjacent to the bar and tucked under the staircase, is much smaller and more intimate, only seating about 40 people.
We skipped entrees, and just nibbled on bread to start with so we’d have space for dessert!
For my main, I had the Plains Paddock lamb (loin, ossobucco, sweetbread), with Dutch carrots, black olive & lamb jus ($39 I think?). With the different parts, it was like a celebration of lamb, and I loved it. The meat was tender and flavoursome, and look at perfectly cooked the lamb loin is! I was also pretty excited to see the sweetbread (way down the far end of the plate). I know lots of people have major problems with offal, but imho it doesn’t get enough exposure on menus. Perhaps if it was more common, more people would eat it?
For dessert, I had the Valrhona white chocolate mousse, cherry sorbet, blackberries and vanilla macaroons ($17). How gorgeous does this look?? I’m not normally a white chocolate kinda gal, but I loved all the different flavours and textures in this dessert, and the white chocolate mousse was perfect with all the sour elements of the dessert.
It was a very nice evening catching up with my friends and having some girl time. As a bonus, I liked Comme Kitchen and enjoyed my meal. The prices are on the expensive side, but the food was interesting, well cooked and gorgeously presented. I also loved the fit out of the building, though I did find that the dining room got a bit noisy when it was full.
We have another night out planned for May – any restaurant suggestions for our next girls’ night out?
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[googleMap name="Comme Kitchen" width="600" height="300" directions_to="false"]7 Alfred Place, Melbourne VIC Australia[/googleMap]
7 Alfred Place
Phone: (03) 9631 4000