|House cured pancetta|
|Lamb tongue croquettes|
Lamb tongue croquettes were crisp and crunchy with a creamy inside, served atop a pool of cooling aioli flecked with artichoke. The croquettes seemed to be more potato than offal heavy and to me the filling erred on the bland side.
|House made bull boar sausages|
La Luna’s take on bangers and mash featured house made bull boar sausages and almost liquid pureed mash. It was topped with crunchy walnuts which added some nice textural contrast. This was good, solid comfort food but did not excite to the same extent as the headline act of the beef ribs. The ribs featured tender meat coated in a rich, spicy tomato sauce and scattered with kernels of corn and pepper which added colour and some sweetness to the dish. It was a knockout.
The express menu offered a choice of three glasses of wine, and the white was a glass of fresh and fruity trebbiano from Campbells in Rutherglen. Service throughout was outright friendly and staff were helpful with any questions we had. While some dishes were more successful than others, overall I was impressed by the ethos of La Luna and the passion evident in a restaurant where both the pancetta and sausages are made in house.
Details: La Luna Bistro, 320 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North 3054 (Ph 03 9349 4888) Open: Tues – Sun 12 -3pm, 6pm – 10pm.
Damage: Reasonable with the Restaurant Express menu of $35 for two courses and a glass of wine.