My dear friends V & A were joined in holy matrimony a few weekends ago. The ceremony was touching and humorously reflected their personalities and the food at the reception was ah-may-zing! I count myself blessed to have friends who love their food because it guarantees good eating in their company.
The reception dinner was held at Matteo's in North Fitzroy which dabbles in a bit of Italian-Asian fusion. I am generally wary of fusion cuisines but the folks at Matteo's somehow marry these diametrically opposite food cultures up and create exquisite plates to remember.
To prove my point, here is what we had:
|Soft boiled duck egg coated with yuzu curd, organic quinoa salad with avocado, hazelnuts, Myrtleford ricotta and preserved lemon|
|Japanese seafood plate|
|Crisp skin Cone Bay barramundi, jasmine rice congee with scallop & freekah, finger fennel & mustard green|
|Seared wagyu beef skirt steak, tamarind beef sauce, panko-crumbed tomato-sambal eggplant, braised snake beans, bell pepper piperade|
This was P's mains choice. He was still reminiscing about the wagyu a week later. The mains came with sides. If veggies tasted this good all the time, I would happily be a vegetarian.
|tatsoi salad with nashi pear and daikon, dried wasabi peas, wasabi mayonnaise|
|Fried royal blue potatoes, sesame and furikake salt|
|Five spiced quince & pistachio frangipane tartlet|
|Coconut milk panna-cotta with plum wine jelly|
|Warm, dark chocolate fondant pudding|
After such a lovely experience, I have decided to have my birthday dinner at Matteo's! So hopefully more pics to come later on this year.
Until next time...