23 Bourke Street
Our dining experience at Society was a slight letdown. The night was peppered with decent dishes and misses, and there wasn’t anything particularly outstanding.
Delicious whipped herb butter.
Peppered Black Angus Beef Carpaccio, with Spiced Rocket, Grana Padana & Maddon Sea Salt ($19)
Hervey Bay Scallops with Fennel Cream, Citrus Salad and Pan Seared Leader Prawn ($19)
A lovely combination although I wish it was served hot. The scallops were fresh and slippery, in a delicious fennel cream with a juicy grapefruit sliver. However, the prawn morsels were deceptively on the tougher side.
Seared Lamb Fillet served with Baby Spinach, Pine Nuts & Pumpkin Chutney ($18)
Cured Meat Platter - Wagyu Bresaola, Pancetta San Danielle, Felino Salami ($15)
Duo of Bendigo duck; slow roasted leg & pan seared breast with Celeriac Puree & Cherries ($42)
One of the better main courses.
Risotto with Red Onions, Slow Roasted Pork Belly & Tomatoes ($32)
Three of us opted for the risotto, and we all found the risotto to have a fair bit of a bite to it. I love my risottos and pastas al dente, but this was bordering undercooked. The pork belly was good, but only if you love the pork fat. I would have preferred the crackling to be crispier. We had been warned the risotto was on the sweet side, but even then the dish was sweeter than expected. I found the pork fat helped with levelling the sweetness of the dish.
Papperdelle with Porcini Mushrooms, Truffle Oil & Grana Padano ($28)
Ocean Trout & Scampi
No one was in the mood for dessert after the first two courses. I left feeling slightly unsatisfied. There wasn’t anything particularly bad about Society, but surely one expects more than just a mediocre dining experience. With the prices Society commands, I much rather Bottega, which is just a stone’s throw away.
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