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Amarantha

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  1. The Vegetable Connection on Brunswick St in Fitzroy sometimes has unusual veg. I've seen some interesting mushrooms, tomatoes, bananas etc there that I'd never seen anywhere else.
  2. They're both in little laneways (god I love Melbourne). TFB is in Malthouse Lane, off Flinders Lane between Exhibition and Russell. Gills is in Gills Alley, off Little Collins just west of Elizabeth.
  3. Another vote for Cutler&Co. And his other place, Cumulus Inc. Just as good as Cutler & Co but a simpler style of food and a cosier atmosphere. Especially lovely at breakfast time with the sun coming in the windows. Bistrot D'Orsay is miles better than the French Brasserie imo. My husband much preferred it to Bistro Vue also, though for me the quality was similar. Gills Diner does rustic dishes of a marvellous quality. We found Bistro Guillame's dishes to be excellent, but without that je ne sais quoi that justifies such prices. Phillippa Sibley's dessert, however, was truly specia
  4. Friday night, The French Brasserie. Beans, confit duck leg, sliced pork belly, sausage. Quite yummy, but rather gluggy. Had to wash it down with loads of wine and water. The entire party agreed that TFB is well overrated. The food was good, but not 15/20 good, and the service wasn't great. Saturday night, Gills Diner. Beans, confit duck leg, confit rabbit leg (even more moist than the duck), square chunk of pork belly with strips of crunchy crackling, sausage and some vegies. A bit lighter and more moist than the previous night's version. Richer than it looked (not too starchy but wond
  5. Ooo, now there's a tempting offer I'm busy Friday night, and I think they're booked out a few Saturdays in advance, but any other day is good for me. My husband says he probably can't make it, so it's likely just me. Lemme know if it's Tuesday, or if that changes.
  6. Peychaud's bitters! Well, assuming they're old enough and into cocktails
  7. We went back a second time a few weeks ago. I meant to do another review, but have been too busy to even look at the fora - I should be writing an assignment on bond portfolio evaluation at this very moment We had the same appetisers as last time, a garlic? soup and lyonnaise salad for entrees, the above-mentioned duck dish and a vegetable tart for mains, and the ice-cream sandwich and something else for desserts. Still just as impressed as ever. I don't recall it being particularly noisy, but I can see how it could get that way. I think I've figured out wherein lies the genius of Andrew
  8. We've had a couple of breakfasts lately at La Luna, and it was all incredibly good. We went there because we'd bought Adrian Richardson's book and been highly impressed with it. Although somehow we managed to get overcharged the second time. We didn't realise until later in the day, but we'd each ordered a $18 dish and a pot of tea, and we were charged $60 something for it. I'm sure we'll forgive them and go back there, though - it would have been an innocent mistake, and the food is just so good
  9. It's a little simpler than Three, One, Two's menu in that it doesn't offer a degustation, but just half a dozen or so each of appetiser, entree, main and dessert options. I gather that there's a bar menu, but I didn't see it, so I don't know how much it has in common with the restaurant menu. I can't recall seeing anything on the menu that I particularly recognised from Three, One, Two. But as soon as you see/taste a dish, you recognise the style Regarding the renovations, the restaurant takes up numbers 55-57 Gertrude St, but there was one of those big yellow proposed-renovation notices on
  10. I posted this recently in the "Dinner at Three One Two" thread, but it's been suggested that Cutler and Co get its own thread now that the former is defunct. Therefore: We had the same problem we've had at Three, One, Two, which was too much wine. Cutler and Co doesn't offer a degustation (or at least didn't that night), so we ordered appetisers, entrees, mains and a dessert. We decided to have either a single bottle of wine, or two glasses each, matched to entree and main. But somehow, after talking to the sommelier, we ended up accidentally ordering two whole bottles. So ya, great night
  11. Hehe, that's what sheol said *has egg on face* I'll decide whether to make a Cutler and Co thread or a general McConnell thread, and then do the re-post when I come back.
  12. I forgot to mention at the start of my post that I was adding some comments by sheol as well as my own. The part you quoted is his. I'll see if I can edit it to put his section in a quote box (edit - apparently not once a reply has been added). And ya, it's hard to find unless you know it's there. The address is 55-57 Gertrude St, and it's got mirrored windows so it's hard to see in. The only sign is a more-funky-than-readable neon one that's turned off when they're closed. Is it possible to edit the thread title now that Three, One, Two is no more? I know on some forums the OP can do it;
  13. Sorry about the delay, was a bit hung over yesterday We had the same problem we've had at Three, One, Two, which was too much wine. Cutler and Co doesn't offer a degustation (or at least didn't that night), so we ordered appetisers, entrees, mains and a dessert. We decided to have either a single bottle of wine, or two glasses each, matched to entree and main. But somehow, after talking to the sommelier, we ended up accidentally ordering two whole bottles. So ya, great night, but I don't often get quite that drunk. (Speaking of which, I apologise if this post is a bit incoherent; sheol
  14. We're booked in for Tuesday night (lovely surprise from my husband ), so I'll report back after that.
  15. Ooo, I haven't tried it without the sugar. You'd think my non-sweet-toothed self would have thought of that by now. *makes mental note to do so* The last one I ordered in a bar arrived with the rim only sugared on one half, which happily gives the drinker the choice. I've just finished a rather satisfying Virgin Mary, which seems like it would be a great winter drink. (I'd normally do it with chilli vodka, but I have a head cold. Which is a bloody shame, really ) Hey, my sig will be topical for this one...
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