The Table Restaurant

The Table Restaurant

We have just eaten our way through the Prahran Markets in Melbourne’s South Yarra and now it’s time to meet Winston from “The Hungry Excavator” and the beautiful Daisy from “Never Too Sweet” for another “bite to eat”.

Daisy, Winston & Julie

Bloggers Lunch Daisy, Winston & Julie

Just to recap, Mr GG and I have only 24 hours in Melbourne.  We are catching up with friends, (Rach & Scott) and trying to sample as much of the city as we can in this limited time.

The Table Restaurant

Before arriving I contacted local food bloggers Winston and Daisy for some “must do” suggestions.  With their help we constructed a loose itinerary and we are now catching up for lunch at The Table Restaurant in St Kilda.

The Table Restaurant

Decor @ The Table Restaurant

Our party is the first to arrive so we made ourselves comfortable at a large homely table which Winston had reserved for the group. The table itself looked like it would be at home in a rustic old Mexican farmhouse. The rustic decor was in contrast to the modern external appearance of the restaurant and signage but it was relaxed and comfortable.

Decor @ The Table Restaurant

Decor @ The Table Restaurant

Once settled the girls ordered a bottle of 2010 Poggiotondo Rosso Toscana, a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from the heart of Tuscany between Florence and Pisa. It was a fantastic choice full of wild cherry flavours and mellow supple finish.

Rosso Toscano Red Wine

Rosso Toscano Italy

In keeping with the Mexicana flavour the boys decided to choose some “local Mexican” beer. Mr GG had the Cerveza Pacífico Clara, or Pacífico, as it is known.  It is a Mexican Pilsner style beer which was first brewed in 1900 when three Germans opened a brewery, in Mexico.

Pacifico Clara Mexico

Pacifico Clara Mexican Beer

Scott ordered a Dos Equis Special Lager another refreshing beer from Mexico. Both beers were enjoyed immensely by the guys.

Dos Equis Special Lager

Dos Equis Special Lager

It took the group a little while to order as each menu item looked so delicious! Also I had not met Daisy and Winston prior to today so we were busy catching up and getting to know one another.

Guacamole Platter

Guacamole Platter

First dish to be decided on was the house made warm blue & white corn tortillas with three salsas & guacamole.   The corn chips were heaven sent. The dough was mixed and rolled in the tiny open kitchen, and then cooked as required and seasoned deliciously with just the right amount of salt. The tortillas were a far cry from the packaged variety.  These two toned beautys were the perfect thickness for submerging in the accompanying guacamole and dips and then crunching on loudly!

Blue & White Corn Tortilla's

Blue & White Corn Tortilla’s

One of the great things about sharing a meal with fellow food lovers is that plates are passed around the table and everyone is sampling all the dishes.

Bloggers Lunch

Bloggers Lunch @The Table

I had to laugh at this photo, taken by my friend Rachy, and non food blogger.  Here she documents the downside of dining with food bloggers. Not even a piece of corn on a plate is disturbed prior to the photography! I hope the non bloggers weren’t starving at the other end of the table!

In the soft taco range we ordered the following dishes;

Poached Scampi in Agave Taco

Poached Scampi in Agave Soft Taco

Poached Scampi, in Agave & Tequila with Avocado Panna Cotta & Radish

Confit Duck w Smoked Chipotle Soft Taco

Confit Duck w Smoked Chipotle Soft Taco

Confit Duck with Smoked Chipotle, Roasted Tomato & Savoy Cabbage

Roasted Pork Belly Soft Taco

Roasted Pork Belly Soft Taco

Roasted Pork Belly with Tequila Poached Quince & Candied Black Turtle Bean

Crispy Snapper Soft Taco

Crispy Snapper Soft Taco

Masa Harina Battered Pinky Snapper, Avocado Puree & Pico de Gallo

By the time we moved on to the mains the restaurant was quite busy. We had a bit of time between courses to take some photos and compare food and travel stories.

The rest of the group at "The Table Restaurant"

The rest of the group at “The Table Restaurant”

Onto mains and we have ordered the following dishes;

Salmon Cerviche w Chiptle Glaze

Salmon Cerviche w Chipotle Glaze

Salmon with Flaked Quinoa Crumble. Agave & Chipotle Glaze. Cream Fraiche Parfait

Roasted Duck

Roasted Duck & Agave Cabbage

Roasted Duck Breast, Duck Rillettes Tostada, Agave Cabbage. Date & Tequila Puree

Crispy Pork Belly & Tartlet

Crispy Pork Belly & Tartlet

Crispy Pork Belly, Scallop, White Bean & Smoked Manchego Sopes, Mango
& Jalapeno Puree

Chocolate Fondant W Hot Choc

Chocolate Fondant W Hot Choc

Patzcuaro Hot Chocolate with Milagro Anejo, Vahlrona Chocolate Fondant & Mexican
Vanilla Ice Cream

Fig and Pannacotta Dessert

Fig and Pannacotta Dessert

Cardamom Spiced Panna Cotta with Tequila & Agave Poached Quince, Hazelnut Tortilla

Fried Coconut Tamale w coconut ice-cream

Fried Coconut Tamale w coconut ice-cream

Fried Corn & Coconut Tamale with Coconut Ice Cream with Wild Berry Compote & Blood Orange Consomme

Each dish was just miles ahead of any Mexican food I have experienced before. It was all fresh, home cooked as ordered, and an amazing melding of traditional Mexican flavours with unique and inspired non traditional ingredients.

I don’t usually like to dwell on the negative but in fairness I feel that I must point out to readers that the portion sizes are miniscule. As a point of reference I am a petite girl and I could have happily eaten 10 tacos at $6.90 each for my lunch.

The quality of the food is however second to none. The staff were welcoming and accommodating. We were the first table to arrive for lunch, and the last to leave, and at no point were we hurried along. I will leave you with one more image of the most divine dessert.

Chocolate fondant & Hot choc

Chocolate Fondant & Boozy Hot Choc

The Table Restaurant

49 Fitzroy Street

St Kilda, Victoria 3182

Ph:03 9534 6803

[email protected]
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Comments

  1. Great article Julie – can’t wait to get down to Melbourne and try it myself.

  2. OHHHHH JULIE!! I’m so sorry for being MIA on the blogosphere the past few weeks can’t believe I missed this post!! I was patiently waiting for it so I’m glad I stumbled upon it. Anyway, thank you so much for a magnificent meal and company that day. It was really amazing to finally meet you and catch up in real life! And I must say I was genuinely amused by the amusement from the “non blogger” end of the table when we were happily snapping away. Too funny! Had such a blessed time with each of you looking forward to the next time we get to eat together again. Take good care, Juls! =)

  3. It was definitely amazing to have met you in person when you were here in Melbourne :) I hadn’t noticed you had already blogged this most ~ you took some amazing shots! now I’m a bit shy about doing my post as I know my photos aren’t as lovely hahaha :P Great review! Gosh we really did go through quite a few dishes ~ I feel sorry for your non-blogging friends too, really hope we haven’t scared them away :)

    Hopefully, we will meet up again soon Julie and next time it’ll be at Coffs Harbour!!! Even thinking about it makes me smile and excited hehe ~

  4. The food looks amazing, it is making me so hungry!! I would love to be crunching on the homemade corn chips!

  5. How lovely to be dining with Daisy and Winston. I follow both their blogs and would love to share a meal with them one day. I do think this is the best looking Mexican food I’ve seen although I do agree that the portions did seem a little lean for me – that’s just not the Mexican way! Great review, Julie xx

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