24 Russell Street
With chef and owner Phillipe Mouchel heading up the pass all night, PM24 promises a wonderful evening out, with good food and good wine.
PM24 offers a bistro degustation for the whole table ($100), with a wine matching option ($160). We opt for the carte menu tonight.
Crusty yet soft within, with creamy butter.
Enchanted by our recent dalliance with Yarra Valley, we started with the Yeringberg Chardonnay which was quite smooth and not too dry.
Freshly Shucked Oysters, served with Lemon & Shallot Vinegar ($35 per dozen)
As soon as we heard that the oysters were from Coffin Bay, we couldn’t resist. And after the first dozen, we had to have a second. And a third. Stunningly fresh and slightly creamier than expected.
Burgundy Style Snails - Tomato Fondue, Garlic & Parsley Butter and Toasted Bread ($19 per half dozen)
The snails are smothered in a delicious garlicky buttery concoction with a tomato base beneath. Accompanied with golden sticks of toasted crunchy bread. Simply divine.
Hapuka Filet with Risotto Vermouth Sauce ($37.5)
Pork Trotter with Borlotti Beans & Sauce Charcuterie ($36.5)
The pork trotter was unexpectedly minced into a round shape.
Four Point Rack of Lamb with Persillade & Vegetable Gratin ($45)
The rotissoire is their specialty, and the lamb proved to be a popular choice round the table. Tender, succulent and a gorgeous hue of pink, but the flavour fell short.
Duck Leg Confit with Garniture Grand Mere & Hazelnut Vinaigrette ($35)
The highlight of the night. Crispy skin conceals juicy tender flesh, full of flavour. One of the better ones I’ve had in Melbourne.
Gold Band Snapper Fillet with Summer Vegetable Marinade, Olive Oil & Chick Pea Fritters ($37.5)
Another popular choice, the snapper was firm and fresh. The coating of the chick pea fritter was softer than that of The Estelle.
Green Beans with Shallot Compote ($8)
A selection of sides. The green beans were a favourite.
Salad with French Vinaigrette ($7)
Potato Gratin ($8)
Marc Bredif Vouvray 1996
I’m not fond of dessert wines, they tend to be far too sweet for my liking. But this was spectacular. Lightly sweet notes and so fragrant. This could be my daily nightcap.
Pistachio Souffle with Caramel Ice Cream ($17)
Desserts were undoubtedly the favourites for the night. The pistachio souffle was a popular choice. Rising beautifully, so fluffy and soft, with gorgeous hints of pistachio and lime green hues beneath. The warm souffle was accompanied by a rich caramel ice cream.
Tahiti Vanilla Creme Brulee with Grand Marnier ($16)
Bruleed before our eyes, it wasn’t too sweet, tapping past the crispy top coat, reveals light creamy textures and boozy undertones.
Cherry Clafoutis with Pistachio Ice Cream ($16)
Warm comforting cherry pie with huge round cherries waiting to be devoured.
House made Ice Cream & Sorbet - Mango, Pistachio, Vanilla, Coffee, Strawberry ($16)
The ice cream and sorbets melted quite quickly, but each one was true to its flavour.
The complimentary marshmallows were like soft fluffy pillows with strawberry flavours.
PM24 delivers, with their desserts winning everyone’s hearts. The gorgeous array of French dessert wines have to be sampled.
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