Best eats at Taste of Melbourne 2015

Soft shell crab souva from Gazi at Taste of Melbourne

I should start off by admitting my pick of the best eats at Taste of Melbourne doesn’t include what the judges decided was the winning dish, duck fat ice-cream from the Royal Mail Hotel.  It’s not that I tried the duck fat ice-cream and hated it (although I have to admit the flavour combination does sound bizarre) but it was only on offer for two days of Taste of Melbourne and those were not the days that I made it there.  

Soft shell crab souva from Gazi at Taste of Melbourne
Soft shell crab souva from Gazi at Taste of Melbourne

So I can only tell you about what I did get to eat.  Highlights included some old favourites, the soft shell crab souvlaki from Gazi ($12) was as crunchy, sweet and downright delicious as ever. 

Sunny days this year at Taste of Melbourne
Sunny days this year at Taste of Melbourne

It’s pretty hard to walk past the Movida team with the charcoal grill and not order one of the lamb pinchitos ($10) covered in the most moreish slightly spicy mix of “Moorish” spices.  

Lamb skewer from Movida at Taste of Melbourne
Lamb skewer from Movida at Taste of Melbourne

Taste of Melbourne is a great opportunity to get some Mamasita corn ($6) without queuing up at the restaurant.  I could eat that chipolote mayo they douse it in by the bucketload. 

Mamasita's legendary corn at Taste of Melbourne
Mamasita’s legendary corn at Taste of Melbourne

The one real fail I ordered was the slow cooked cooked ox cheek ($8) from Circa which sounded delicious on paper but in reality was dry and over cooked.  

Slow cooked beef cheek at Taste of Melbourne
Slow cooked ox cheek from Circa at Taste of Melbourne

My main tip for young players (you would think I would have worked it out by now) is not to leave your Taste of Melbourne run to the last day. I missed the chance to try the duck fat ice-cream and a few other dishes were also sold out.  

Essentials
Details: Taste of Melbourne, Albert Park Lake, Melbourne.  
Damage: Pricey. Entry is $30  and food costs up to $12 a dish.  I had a free ticket to Taste of Melbourne but paid for my own food and drink.
7/10

One comment

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