Address: 1 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Phone: (03) 9682 4500
On a rather ‘Melbourne Weather’ (cloudy one minute, sunny the next) day, I met up with Audrey for a lazy Saturday afternoon lunch.
We actually planned for this lunch for about 2 months because our schedules kept on conflicting, but hey we managed to get here in the end!
Usually the first to arrive, I actually arrived a little later than Audrey. Audrey had already settled down having her glass of Lemon Lime Bitters. She later told me the waitor was rather rude and plonked the drink on the table.
The food and the presentation of the dishes were well executed, however I believe the service could have been better.
One who knows me well would know that I have recently discovered a strong liking for Ciders. Without doubt I ordered a Swedish pear cider – Rekorderlig to be exact. I have nothing to complain about the drink other than it was way too much for me to finish it all.
As for the bread… well I felt it was slightly on the burned/bitter side and a bit rock hard for my liking. I cant really comment much about breads, because I’m not much of a bread eater (carbs!!!) myself.
We went for Left Bank’s Express Lunch 1-2-3, where 2 courses for $28, and 3 courses is only $35! We both decided on the 3 course meal.
Audrey made a wonderful choice of School of Fried Prawns, whilst I settled down for Terrine. Before my visit to Left Bank I’ve never tried Terrine and wouldn’t have the slightest clue as to what Terrine was. Audrey likened it to “dog food” when I asked her.
When my terrine arrived I looked at it, and tried to hold in my giggle. It did look like dog food, but the classy looking one on a bed of salad. But don’t get me wrong, it tasted great. It reminds me of cold meat that you find inside Vietnamese bread rolls (Banh Mi Thit Nguoi) .
As for Audrey’s School of Fried Prawns, they were fried to a beautiful crunch and tasted great with the sauce.
Audrey ordered the Croquette & Quail Egg, which comes with a bowl of soup. I had a bit of the croquette and found it delicious. The cutest thing about this dish is the Quail egg. It’s so small! Audrey left it to the very last to eat it! :) Save the best til last!
As for myself I ordered the salmon wrapped in prosciutto, with beetroot, beetroot puree, creme fraiche, and kipfler potato. So beautifully presented that I couldn’t bare to eat it. I just sat their in awe. However I did eat it, and I must say the dish was well executed. I normally don’t eat beetroot (probably due to the colour), but I actually really enjoyed it. The sweetness of the beetroot and potatoes complimented the salmon wrapped in prosciutto very well. The creme fraiche was a bit weird for me, but nevertheless, I finished the dish :)
Both desserts that Audrey and I had ordered were delicious.
I think the two desserts that we ordered actually complimented each other very well. I would say that if one was to order the Berry Trifle with oatmeal cookies should also order the English breakfast Creme Brûlée.
Why? Well the Berry Trifle was very tart – tart to the point that I had to cringed for each spoonful. But the creme brûlée made it better. :)