The Royal Croquet Club: making croquet ok

Gelato Messina's gelati in a can: aka "soup kitchen" at the Royal Croquet Club

My mother in law is a crack croquet player and for years had a bumper sticker on the back of her car which said “croquet is ok”. She was ahead of her time as croquet has suddenly become cool this year with the advent of The Royal Croquet Club popping up for two weeks at Birrarung Marr on the banks of the Yarra river.

Pimms at the Royal Croquet Club
Pimms at the Royal Croquet Club

I was invited to check out The Royal Croquet Club last night at a media and blogger preview. It’s a great free event (woohoo) for everyone you just pay for any food or drinks. But you won’t make it out of there empty handed as while the Pimms is on the weak side, there is serious temptation on the food front.

Meat Mother's burnt ends at the Royal Croquet Club
Meat Mother’s burnt ends at the Royal Croquet Club

A range of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants are serving up their wares from food trucks.  There’s Meat Mother burgers made from burnt ends slathered in sweet and sticky BBQ sauce ($12) and roast porchetta ($10) from D.O.C encased in a soft ciabatta bun.  

Miss Chu spring rolls
Miss Chu spring rolls

Despite going into administration Miss Chu is serving up crunchy and moreish vegetarian net spring rolls (4 for $6) and Mr Claws has got its killer lobster rolls (literally) by the truck load.  

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Porchetta roll from D.O.C at the Royal Croquet Club

The must try item is Gelato Messina’s gelati in a can.  I sampled three of the flavours (someone had to do it) and the winning flavour has to be the Zuppa Duppa ($9) – hazelnut with pistachio crumbs.  Just the perfect blend of silky gelati and crunchy nuts.  

MTV in action on the croquet court
MTV in action on the croquet lawn

So far the crowds are pretty good so there are none of the crazy queues for food like those at the noodle markets.  If you can grab a mallet and take to the croquet lawn to find out what all the fuss is about.  Croquet really is ok.

Gelato Messina's gelati in a can: aka "soup kitchen" at the Royal Croquet Club
Gelato Messina’s gelati in a can: aka “soup kitchen” at the Royal Croquet Club

Gourmet Chick was invited to review the Royal Croquet Club. 

Essentials
Details: The Royal Croquet Club, Birrarung Marr Jan 16- Feb 1, 2015.
Damage: Free entry.  Drinks and food at reasonable prices.  
9/10

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