Christmas Eve at Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne

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I have to apologise to you my dear readers for my recent habit of taking you back and forth in a time machine of my life. This ping ponging through space will continue until I finally manage catch up on sharing all the wonderful food experiences from these past few months.  I blame my horrendous blogging back log on our wedding. Although tremendous fun, wedding planning was very time consuming stuff and something just had to give.

Today I take you back to one of my most favourite times of the year: Christmas. Every few years the Boy and I take a return trip back home to Melbourne to spend this festive time with my family. Last year I tallied our trip up with my wedding dress fitting.  Strategically I ensured the fitting was done first thing on my arrival so I could let loose for the rest of our stay and make an absolute glutton of myself. It was Christmas after all!

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Our view to the heart of deliciousness

In the lead up to our wedding we were faced with a number of difficult family dramas. It really is true what they say; weddings bring out the best and the worst in people. These sad events meant we were unable to spend Christmas Day with my Mum and were thus allocated time with her on Christmas Eve instead. The Boy and I were trying so hard to save all our pennies for Thailand so we agreed that there was no need to spoil each other with Christmas presents. We decided that our gift to each other was to be our Christmas Eve dinner with dearest Mum. To make the most of this occasion I booked us a reservation at Rockpool Bar & Grill in the Melbourne Crown Casino.

Every year we go completely over the top lavishing gifts for each other so seeing as this meal was our only opportunity to do so we took the liberty to order a lot of food! We really should have remembered that Rockpool’s meal sizes are not exactly tiny as by the end of the night we could barely walk!

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Sautéed White Asparagus

I ordered the sautéed white asparagus for my starter.  The dish combined my two favourite obsessions for the year; shiitake mushrooms and slow cooked eggs. How could it ever get better than this? The gentle flavours of translucent Onsen style eggs and earthy ‘shrooms are fine for a breakfast dish but add in the sharp bite of melted parmesan cheese and this seemingly simple entrée became so much more exciting. Burnt butter was drizzled over it coating every part of my asparagus in salty deliciousness. At least for my first course I was sticking to my Meatless Monday vow!

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Warm salad of Wood fired Grilled Quail

The Boy ordered the warm salad of wood fired grilled quail with smoked tomatoes and black olives.  The dark meat flaked off the bone without encouragement and his plate promptly filled with its juices as he continued to cut the bird apart.

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Redgate Farm Partridge with Pigs Cheek

Mum decided not to order an entrée and was happy to wait for her mains as her choice sounded quite substantial.  She ordered the Redgate Farm partridge with roasted eschalots, peas and house cured pigs cheek.  Partridge is a pale pink coloured meat and has very tender flesh with a light but gamy flavour. I didn’t get a great deal of adjectives from her describing her dish but I can assure you that her plate was clean by the end.  My mum is a light eater so I think that is saying something!

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Duck Confit with Grilled Mango

Where I go a bit nutty for my mushrooms and my slow cooked eggs, the Boy goes nuts for mangoes. Fresh mangoes, grilled mangoes, mango daiquiris, mango ice-cream you name it, he will love it. The duck confit was served very simply with a grilled slice of mango and apple balsamic. The skin was thin with a slight crunch yet the meat was smooth like butter. Total dish envy!

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Seared Grouper with Tomatoes, Peppers, Capers and Fratelli Prosciutto

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Seared Grouper with Tomatoes, Peppers, Capers and Fratelli Prosciutto

I confess that my dedication to the Meatless Monday movements went out the window for my main dish. Rockpool source their seafood from sustainable sources and although this wasn’t a vegetarian dish, I felt at least I wasn’t contributing to the demise of our fish stocks. My grouper was seared and served with tomatoes, peppers, capers and delicious crispy Fratelli prosciutto.

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Sautéed Mixed Mushrooms

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Pumpkin and Sweet Potato with Burnt Butter and garlic Yoghurt

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The feasting begins

A meal at Rockpool is never complete without some of their sides. The problem with this is that they are all so good it is hard to choose. As always we order too many and struggle to finish all three. My two favourites that I order everything are the sautéed mixed mushroom and more importantly the pumpkin and sweet potato. They are not to be missed I tell you!

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Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice-cream, Hazelnuts and Chocolate

Despite all of us protesting loudly to our fun and friendly waitress that we had no room for dessert she still discreetly left us the dessert menus on our table for perusal. Curiosity always kills the cat and none of us could resist a quick peek to see what was on offer.  Before we could stop ourselves we had ordered not one dessert to share, not even two desserts to split amongst ourselves, but proceeded to greedily order one each! Mum and the Boy ordered the profiteroles. Crispy outer shells of Choux pastry were piped with homemade vanilla ice-cream topped with hardened chocolate and hazelnuts set on top. They bore some resemblance to a classier version of the movie cinemas Choc-Tops.

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Crème Caramel

My only gluten free option other than ice cream was the crème caramel.  Not a bad choice to be left with but I do like to have a selection of gluten free dessert options. Growing up in a household with a French father, crème caramel was a dessert that was made to perfection at home.  Flawlessly set like a slice of heaven Perry’s rendition of it was a match for my family’s chefs!

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Salted Caramels

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Caramel Corn

It was creeping past midnight and we all needed to head home to allow our bodies to perform some serious digesting before we would be able to have any room for the following day’s festivities. Once again, reliable Rockpool left me filled to the brim with a beaming smile on my face; a successful fine dining experience without the pretension and fanfare.

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne
Crown Casino, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006 | (03) 8648 1900 | www.rockpool.com
 
Price:                     $$$$ (Entrees $19-30, Mains $23-115)
Food:                    5/5 (can I say perfection? This time round it was truly faultless)
Service:                4/5 (impeccable and entertaining without being obtrusive)
Ambience:          4/5 (relaxed but spacious with views right through the shining kitchen)
Drinks:                  4.5/5 (successful wine matching by the sommelier meant I could relax and enjoy the company)
Total:                     17.5/20

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4 Thoughts on “Christmas Eve at Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne

  1. Rockpoooollllll. I really liked the sweet potato and pumpkin dish too although I wish I could have more of that delicious dressing :)! By the way, your hubby’s duck looks incredible!!

  2. What a beautiful meal! I do like buying friends meals and having a bit of one on one time, rather than buying gifts. Time is priceless after all no? :)

    Haven’t been to rockpool in ages, the profiteroles look mouth watering!

  3. I loved my experience at the sydney location, but your food looks impeccable. There was so much – you sure did go all out! Why wouldn’t you? It was the festive season so all the more to celebrate! I can’t even pin point what stands out the most, because all those dishes sound delicious and look amazing too!

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