Moon Under Water
211 Gertrude Street
cheese biscuit // yellowfin tuna w oyster cream
Having had lunch at gastropub Builders Arms Hotel just next door, I was all ready for MUW’s prix fixe menu. And in one night, I fell in love with yet another Andrew McConnell establishment.
The interior, like the menu is simple & refined. The entire affair relied on and showcased their freshest produce. To start, yellow fin tuna with oyster cream in a neat bite. Followed by the punchy cheese biscuit.
green tomato, tiger prawn, fried bread & fennel
And we begin. The tiger prawn is fresh & supple, cooked perfectly, draped over a bed of clear green tomatoes with mild heat, crisp fried bread for texture, and finished with red tomatoes & fragrant sorrel.
zucchini flower, purslane, pinenuts & currants
Circles of squash & zucchini, pan fried zucchini flowers - light & bright, against the creamy slowness of the whipped pine nuts, the savoury notes of the dish subtly highlighted against the sweet currants.
roast pork, lovage & leek
The fat luscious, the skin crunchy & salty - done quite simply, the rest of the dish work to offset its richness, with a celery & parsley puree and a path of cornichons & capers.
A side of fluffy Nicola potatoes from Daylesford, brightened with red wine vinegar.
black figs, soft chocolate, flaky pastry, hazelnut
We opted for the cheese course before dessert. The Delice from Burgundy was sensational. It’s creamy yet soft light & nutty - I could finish one whole wheel.
The figs, were sensational. The soft chocolate almost forgotten, what with the fresh figs, halved, so supple & sweet. The crisp flaky pastry, hazelnut cream & soft chocolate coming into play, supported the figs perfectly.
Tomorrow, a night out at Cumulus Up - yes that duck waffle.