Twice a year, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival arrives to showcase the best of the city’s (fabulous) food culture. Events are held featuring well-known and up-and-coming chefs and sommeliers where you can learn tips and tricks about how to use the best seasonal produce in the kitchen, the origins of wine and much more. I made the most of the great specials available, and took my mum out for lunch at a restaurant I have wanted to try for a while: Albert Street Food and Wine.
Albert Street Food and Wine, on the bustling Sydney Road in Brunswick, is famous for its “Snickers” dessert, as seen on the 2010 season of Masterchef. By happy coincidence, the day we went was the Sydney Road street party, so the area was packed by midday! We checked out the market before lunch and it had a great selection of clothes, home wares and food stalls.
For lunch, mum ordered from the $40 special lunch menu, which included two courses, a glass of wine and a coffee. For entrée, she had the 63 degree egg served with tongue and crisp fried pancetta; and for main, the lamb belly served with smoked yoghurt, wild rice and mint sauce.
(63 degree egg and tongue)
I decided to order from the main menu because I couldn’t resist their choice of desserts, most of which weren’t offered on the special menu. I ordered the whole flounder served with crispy fried whitebait, fried potato crisps and grilled calamari. It was delicious, and the portion sizes were suitable considering the price of the dishes. It came with a whole small flounder, which was well cooked, and served with herb butter melted on top. The whitebait and chips were addictive, and the calamari had a nice bite and flavour.
The “Not cherry ripe” dessert was, to quote my mum, the best dessert she’s ever eaten. (I’m yet to decide my favourite!) It came as a deconstructed cherry ripe, consisting of a sorbet with a cherry chocolate surprise inside, served atop tempered chocolate, with a piece of brownie underneath, and macerated cherries and berries surrounding this deliciousness. The coldness of the sorbet matched well with the crispness of the tempered chocolate, the freshness of the cherries and the delectably guilty pleasure of the brownie underneath.
Definitely a go-to place, where you get value for your money, both in quality and quantity. But, just don’t forget to bring your wallet!
Albert Street Food and Wine
Corner of Albert St. and 382 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Ph: 8354 6600