Quaff Restaurant & Bar
436 Toorak Road
There’s nothing my dad loves more than the convenience of taking a walk down to Toorak Village for a bite to eat. Over Christmas, his beloved Manhattan was closed over Christmas, so we resorted to sampling the other Toorak Village offerings including Romeo’s and Topo Gigio. The last one to complete the trio was Quaff.
Seared King Prawns & Avocado Salsa, Dukka Spiced Crisp & Chlorophyll Oil ($22)
Seared Japanese Scallops with Scordalia, Sauce Vierge & Fried Leek ($16)
Saffron Fettuccini, Rich Tomato & Basil Sauce, Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Lamb Fillet ($19/$32)
The lamb fillets were a little dry and the fettuccini had a fair bite with a tangy tomato sauce.
Quaff’s Taste Plate - Chef’s Selection for Two ($26)
Terrine, prawns and sweet diced mangoes, and the slightly greasy soft shell crab.
Sticky Slow Roasted Pork Belly & Crackling, Asian Herb Salad & Salted Peanut Brittle ($17)
The crackling was crispy, and the pork belly was sticky and soft.
Tempura Zucchini Flowers stuffed with Spinach, Leek & Fetta, Lemon Chutney ($18)
The zucchini flowers batter was quite heavy with a creamy fetta filling.
The main of the lamb fillet spaghetti.
Chargrilled 450 grams MSA Rib Eye Steak, Crispy Chat Potatoes, Roast Garlic & Thyme Aioli ($38)
Enticingly pink within but the eye fillet steak was the winner of the two. This was rougher and the cut wasn’t as tender.
Chargrilled Eye Fillet Steak, Beetroot Tapenade, Grilled Asparagus Spears & Red Wine Tapioca Jus ($36)
The eye fillet steak was pink, tender and juicy, with a delicious red wine jus.
Quaff’s Fish Pie - Ovenbaked Ocean Fish Fillet, Fresh Vegetables, Truffle Oil & Cream Sauce ($35)
A gorgeous pie crust, golden and flaky, concealing a fragrant hot creamy fish broth with thick fresh fish slices within.
Passionfruit Brulee Tart, White Chocolate Ice Cream & Passionfruit Syrup ($17)
Traditional Lemon Souffle, Lemon Curd & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream ($19)
The lemon souffle was warm floaty and light, enhanced by a delightful lemon curd atop, with a creamy vanilla ice-cream complementing the fluffy soufle.
Cheeseboard - A selection of Cheeses with Quince Paste, Walnut & Raisin Bread ($21)
There were some dishes like the Fish Pie, the Eye Fillet and the Lemon Souffle that I was quite fond of. Nothing I’ll be back in a hurry for.