I can't quite find the words to describe how spectacular the evening and the food was; especially since we got what I believe to be the best seat in the house (right in front of the chef's preparation table) and the last thing I want is to degrade it through ill-fitting words. Hopefully these photos will do a better job (though I'm sure nothing will do the justice of experiencing it)...
AMUSE BOUCHE: "Petite Clair-de-Lune oyster served with a seaweed consommé and grapefruit air"
The 7 magnificent main courses were ...
RAVIOLI D’AVOCAT ACCOMPAGNÉ DE CAVIAR
Open avocado ravioli of smoked salmon and redclaw with watermelon, pumpernickel and Osetra caviar
RISOTTO AUX TRUFFES
Classically inspired truffle risotto
BOUILLABAISSE ‘EN CINQ MINUTES’ ET TARTARE DE KINGFISH
5 minute bouillabaisse, tartare of kingfish, buffalo milk skin, finished with aromatic herbs, and a touch of theatre
PARFAIT DE FOIE D’OIE
Parfait of goose liver ‘powdered’, nasturcium leaves, crispy rice and Thai capsicum curry
ÉCREVISSE À L’ORANGE
Marron, poached in an orange Pernod and saffron sauce with smoked clams and fennel
JUS AU VERJUS (Liquid frozen verjus) was served here...
For picture see the bottom left corner of "the itty-bitty" above.
POULET AUX CHAMPIGNONS
Poached breast and confit leg of chicken with hand made Brussels sprouts and mushroom reduction
CANARD À LA CANNELLE
Roast duck breast and confit leg with cinnamon and baby turnips
FROMAGE: "Goats curd served with sugared rose petal, rose jelly topped with goats curd ice cream"
SALADE DE FRUIT: "Fruit salad"
PULLET EGGS: "Prune and Armagnac Eggnog; Pistachio Custard; White Chocolate and Orange Mousse"
Here comes the double dessert course...
‘CHEESECAKE’ AUX FRUITS DE LA PASSION
Passionfruit cream with frangipane sand and passionfruit soufflé
BISCUIT AU CHOCOLAT
Michel Bras' classic self-saucing Valrhona chocolate biscuit with mocha sauce, coffee and milk powder and iced double cream
NOTRE SÉLECTION DE CAFÉS, THÉS, INFUSIONS ET PETITS-FOURS
Peppermint Tea & Petits-Fours
CHOCOLATS POUR SAVOURER A LA MAISON
Handmade chocolates to take home
The close up kitchen view!
Getting tips from the chef...
The look of two very satisfied and happy customers!
PS: Check out Far View on Food « Far Blog - gosh - I want to go on Foodie trip too!!!
Updated on 14th Oct 2008:
I found these very well written posts from a Sydney foodie who had visited Vue de Monde three times.
Steph's Food Journey: Vue de Monde, Little Collins St, Melbourne [January 21, 2006] || Steph's Food Journey: Vue de Monde, Little Collins St, Melbourne [August 18, 2006] || Steph's Food Journey: Vue de Monde, Little Collins St, Melbourne [January 18, 2008]
Now I know, if I ever got the chance to visit Vue de Monde again, the table that I had and will only take is Table 2!!! :)