One of the cheapest places to eat on Smith Street also turns out to be one that’s up there with the best of them. Ming’s Noodle & Sushi isn’t about innovative, forward-thinking delights, this is straight up traditional noodles and stir fries done simply, done well […]
Third time’s the charm for Proud Mary, and I think I have a good view of the place with that many visits now. Service remains shit, the staff have an aversion to greeting and you stand in the front door a solid five minutes before […]
Bluebird Espresso has some amazing scores on Zomato, but I can’t say I fell in love with the place myself. I dragged my friend Jo to check out the food and whilst the service was warm and hip, the food left a little to be desired. The spot is great and it wasn’t too busy at all when we got in, which is a boon as the seating is a tighter around the edges. We had the zucchini and mint fritters ($16) as well as the grilled halumi sandwich ($12.50) with mushroom, dukkah, spinach and mayo. The fritters were alright, but were soggy in the middle with the mint being hard to taste. The harrisa labne was a highlight. The burger was okay, but was a bit too plain.
The crispy sides of the fritters were great, as they should be. But inside the filling was wet and didn’t feel cooked through. Compare to the South Melbourne Borek Shop in which the zucchini fritters are $2 and crispy like the fences of the underworld. We did enjoy the flavours of the harrisa labne which brought the dish up and were a good accompaniment for the eggs.
Continuing the short-lived vegetarian theme, my friend Jo had the halloumi sandwich/ burger. The halloumi was well cooked and the bread was solid, but the dish was a bit bland. A sweet sauce or something else with a sharp taste would have helped make it a little more memorable than cheese, leaves and mayo in bun.
[Edit: Permanently closed] I wanted to like Bedford Street, but ended up feeling a little underwhelmed by the offering in the end. After a busy morning I headed up the road to try some of the American-inspired menu options. Fried chicken features prominently on the […]
The newest Fonda opened up last week in Collywood, and I supposed I should have checked it out given it’s proximity to the home base (and Messina). I’ve seen its mini-transformation from a weird cheesecake shop and barber and was eager to see what they’d […]
As you walk into the store you realise just how super funky Xeom is with its high ceiling and tasteful interior features. There isn’t too many Viet options around Collingwood so I hobbled in to give their menu a sample for my dinner. The place was pumping and the crowd probably gives you an idea of who it’s aimed towards, this is like Miss Chu territory. I enjoyed my lemongrass beef vermicelli salad from Xeom but couldn’t help feeling there wasn’t quite enough of it. Victoria Street isn’t too far away so there’s even more options for this kind of food, with better pricing and quantities but stickier floors.
I have a clingy relationship with Gelato Messina. My friends often joke I moved to Collingwood so I can be across the road from the store. That’s only partially true. Over the years I’ve enjoyed the massive array of tantalising flavours including seasonal ones and here […]
Putting the delicious in deli any time of the day is Smith Street Alimentari, handily located on well, Smith Street of Collingwood. It’s a bustling spot every time I’ve been, with tables packed and queues across the gorgeous cabinet offerings. I popped for a midday bite […]
This week I’ve been raving about my experience at The Noble Experiment, a drinking and eating house located in Smith Street of Collingwood. The experiment is undoubtedly a worthwhile and memorable one and I’d highly recommend it for anyone to give a go with a creative menu in food and drink that really delivers.
Jamie, Matt and I headed in for their $65 Chef’s Menu on a work evening, which gave us six courses over the space of two hours with innovation and theatre in abundance in each plate and drinking vessel that came out. This option would deliver some house favourites and new dishes, so were excited to see what would come, given that everything on the regular menu already looked enthralling enough. Spoiler alert, if you’re already keen on going, possibly skip the descriptions as part of the fun is in seeing what arrives next.
First to the table was the swordfish ceviche and goat’s cheese croquette. Although the first bites start out on the petite end, we more than had our fill after the full sitting. Both dishes here had punchy flavour and had a modern twist on their dishes. As someone who typically avoids seafood, I could quite enjoy the less-fishiness of this ceviche and I always will dig any form of fried cheese. A great start.
The second bite was the 12 hour lamb steamed bun with red miso and peanuts. This was a somewhat surprising follow up to the first course in terms of concept, but a good surprise at that with tender meat and thoughtfully spiced peanut sauce. It steers away from the usual bao executions you get in other places and avoids ever imitating another type of cuisine.
I was excited about the next item, which was Pork belly served with seared scallops and pickles. I can’t recall what the components of the sauce was, but it was delightful and with a pleasant sweetness that added to saltiness and crunch of the pork. The meat had a tasty sear with the pickles keep the plate from ever feeling too heavy.
I should mention that the cocktails at The Noble Experiment are an absolute treat and each one we ordered arrived with much anticipation and were followed up with satisfaction. It’s hard not to like the cleverness of the bath tub cocktail with it’s teensy rubber duckie, as well as my Tropical punch that came in a mock sunscreen lotion bottle. The silliness of the presentation is backed up with some solid cocktail making abilities in the diverse and original menu options.
The next dish was sourdough served with a soft cheese and some sauce thing that was green. This was a nice filler bite until the almighty main course arrived – 48 hour short rib with apple cider glaze and apple relish. There was also a plate of Smoked honey glazed carrots with a cacao sauce. This final savoury dish filled us up completely, we loved the delicate sweetness of the meat, it was tender and enjoyable to eat. The carrots were well roasted and the cacao continued the surprise factor. I didn’t care so much for some of the garnish items on the beef plate (too sweet) but this course solidified my joy with the restaurant.
We couldn’t not have a dessert course and the sixth part of the evening was the Sloe gin compressed watermelon with lime, mint and cucumber granita and a yoghurt parfait. This was an intriguing bite, but I loved the twist on classic watermelon and the flavours were all potent, and came together nicely. It was a great palate cleanser and a perfect end to the evening. Service was fantastic over our time and The Noble Experiment has a nice vibe; they also happened to be doing a special Mexican street menu dinner event at the same time. No doubt they’re always trying new things and that’s a really good thing for the eating scene. The Chef’s menu represented value for an interesting and creative eating out experience.