Crown Complex, Southbank
P: 03 8648 1900
When I looked at how many pictures I'd taken at Rockpool, I was a little surprised... But with three people, visiting twice (lucky, lucky, lucky us!), is it any wonder I had quite a few? So I've decided to combine a few pictures into one space... which I think I've done well enough, considering the only program I have to do that is Paint!!!
Clockwise from top left we have wagyu shin braised in red wine with gremolata and potato puree; 250g Cape Grim fillet dry aged 36 month old grass fed fillet with assorted condiments (the best of which I thought was the Bearnaise it came with); um... oh crap... I can't for the life of me remember which fish dish the next one was... maybe the seared crisp snapper?....; and finally the corned wagyu girello with slow cooked carrot (note: carrot, singular) and mustard sauce. I can say with absolute certainty that each dish was divine.
And, finally, here we have a mountain o' meat, with a li'l dish of mint jelly/sauce on the side (not in the pic). I should have written this stuff up weeks ago...
Sides from left to right are; mac and cheese; pumpkin and sweet potato with burnt butter and garlic butter; and potato and cabbage gratin. All three were incredibly good. For my money I loved the potato and cabbage gratin best, but that sure as hell doesn't detract from how good the others were. What's not shown here is the king prawn and nectarine salad. Very nice.
Mmm, and now desserts. On top is the orange crème caramel. Light and tasty. On the bottom are passionfruit marshmallows and caramel peanut chocolates. I can't believe how much passionfruit flavour was in those soft little cubes. It's making my mouth water even now, as I type. As for the caramel peanut chocolates - sinful. Little flakes of salt really got the taste buds popping. It was a rather rich dish, though, so I'd recommend sharing it with friends (I did try, but my companions were having too much fun with their own dishes).
Other desserts were fresh and poached summer fruits with mascarpone sabayon and lemon biscuits (top), and crème brûlée with prune and Armagnac (bottom). Bootifull.
I had hoped to find chocolate cake on the menu, but it wasn't. Instead, I tried the chocolate and caramel rice crackle cake. It was soooooooo good. Even while I was eating it, and feeling very full, I kept going back for just one more bite.
So yeah, Rockpool definitely lived up to the hype for me. Can't wait for my next trip!