Happy Birthday to me! This year I wanted a simple birthday but I received way more than what I expected. Jan was extra sweet this year that my friends mentioned that they might be developing diabetes anytime soon. He made reservations for a romantic dinner at Melbourne's tallest building, Eureka 89. Not only that, he surprised me with a little something the next morning, delivered all over from Bristol, UK. It was something that I have been eyeing on for quite some time now but never actually bought (Visit my instagram page to see what he bought!). Followed by a totally unexpected party at his place, decorated with balloons and a banner, where our closest friends were waiting to surprise me and see me in shock. Seriously you guys... managed to make me tear a little. Went for a scrumptious dinner at Red Hot Wok before blowing the candles. Jan also pre-ordered a cake from my favourite cake shop, Burch & Purchese, and we popped a bottle of Moët & Chandon reserve imperial to end! During the third day of celebration, I knew I had to have an intimate brunch session with friends, who matter. We had the most amazing brunch at one of Melbourne's most beautiful brunch places, The Stables Of Como. Stay tuned because I would be blogging on that real soon. I ended up celebrating the whole weekend in glee, bottled up with love and feeling grateful for friends I have made in the short period of time I have been in Melbourne. Most importantly, I would never be as happy as I would or be the person that I am if it weren't for Jan. And Jan, if you are reading this, its a little thank you to tell you how truly grateful I am, because I know I can never thank you enough.
So.. back to blogging on my wondrous experience at Eureka 89. Jan booked a five course degustation course meal and we dined for almost four hours. We looked out on the vast open districts of lights and Melbourne's dazzling skyline, as we indulge on the most amazing dishes, while enjoying each other's company. It was fun trying to spot where within the darkness were our apartment buildings hiding at.
The bar sits on the center of the restaurant, illuminating a glowing red of lavishness. Dinner costs 100AUD per person for the five course meal, 135AUD for seven including an additional foie gras entree, and a selection of cheese platter to end. Jan knew I was never a fan of foie gras so we sticked to the five course. Again.. I'm not an alcoholic drinker and Jan needed to drive. But if you'd like, pay additional fees (155AUDpp for the five and 215AUD for the seven course meal) if you want to pair each course with specialised wines.
The dainty looking square of art wasn't a part of the five course meal. Courtesy of the kitchen, we got to try a unique taste, merging corn, goat cheese and cauliflower into a delicious compound. It was a soft, sweet and cheesy corn snack.
I ordered a mocktail consisting of black currants, cranberries, pineapple and fresh lime. It was a refreshing drink, something I would love to drink all day during the summer. We also asked for breads with a block of butter. It was simple, presented warm, and simply, one of the fluffiest white bread ever. It was definitely superior to other typical white bread loaves because the exterior of this one was crusty.
The actual first course was the Kingfish with tartare, seaweed, avocado and umibudo. Umibudo is also known as sea grapes or green caviar and it has a soft and succulent texture. The horseradish greens were decorated beautifully with tobikos and some cheese drizzles. My favourite part was the kingfish itself. It was exceptionally fresh and I definitely tasted a bite of the ocean. First course devoured and I'm already hooked for the next.
Cheesy taleggio baked potato with artichoke and leek bits. When cut opened, the cheesy liquid flows out, boy... it was incredibly delicious! I love how simple everyday ingredients can be made exquisite.
Its another experience to see the CBD area from high above. You could truly see how neat and systematic the rectangular city formation is from up here. Can you spot Flinders Street Station, Federation Square or the St Paul's Cathedral?
Smooth and melt-in-your-mouth roasted Murray Cod laid in bed with a tasty special sauce. My favourite was the Southern Rock Lobster placed surrounding the cod. It was mildly chewy and absolutely fresh. I am not the biggest fans of clams but the few bits on this plate were marinated with some unique black ink sauce that was seriously addictive. This dish was the epitome of pure excellence, and one of my favourites of the night.
Flinders Island Lamb
We moved on to the next main with three pieces of gently seared Flinders Island Lamb topped with mushrooms, stinging nettle, and lets face it, we all love a good spray of truffle! The pea puree underneath was a nice balance to all that savoury goodness. And small turnip on the side never hurt.
We also received a complementary mouth-washer pre-dessert cup of blood orange jelly and some ginger foam on top. Jan thought it was a little too sour but I didn't think so.
My plate of dessert has that 'Happy Birthday' sign written on it. It made me feel a little more special. The chocolate stand was a lava cake with vanilla cream and orange sorbet scoop on the side. It was incredible and I thought it tasted better than eating it with a regular gelato. I have been eating so much these days especially bingeing on at least a piece of cake everyday trying to just finish up with what was left on the fridge. But hey, its my birthday! I can eat whatever the hell I want right?!
Finally, a dark chocolate crust with hazelnut chocolate filling and a raspberry jelly to end.
View of Southbank and the iconic Crown Casino
Thank you Jan for this night and thank you Eureka 89 for the most amazing food and view. I had one of the most memorable birthdays this year. Thank you friends and strangers for the heartfelt Birthday messages on my Facebook wall, phone call, texts, whatsapps, tweets, Insta messages and so on. I really appreciate each and everyone of them! Finally, thank you everyone for just simply reading and being a supporter of this blog. I am truly grateful. Cheers!
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