Monday, 28 February 2011

Event Review: Docklands Community Flood Relief Fundraiser [24 February 2011]

J and I had the opportunity to attend the Docklands Community Flood Relief Fundraiser on the 24th of February 2011. It was held at Watermark Bar. A bar located on The Promenade in Victoria Harbour. It started at 7 and finished at 10pm. There was such a buzz about the place, with an open bar and delightful canapés being served all night. To raise funds, there were silent auctions (pictured above) as well as public auctions. We all drank and talked all night, while enjoying the harbour views. Public auction booklet. Corey was up for auction! We were fortunate enough to have a photograph with him. Live entertainment: Headlined by the fabulous Bobby Valentine andthe popular Very Tall Show featuring TracyBartram, Geoff (Coxy) Cox and Wilbur Wilde. Corey "Homicide" Williams on auction! His bid got up to $170. Thank you, Watermark for a lovely evening. Watermark on Urbanspoon

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Restaurant Review: The Point

Location: Aquatic Drive, Albert Park Lake
Phone: 03 9682 5566
Link: http://www.thepointalbertpark.com.au/
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Overall Score: 6/10 Our reservation was for 6.30pm but due to unforeseen circumstances, we arrived at 7pm. J had been told on the phone whilst making the reservation that we had to leave by 8pm so we were slightly worried about being ushered out the door before we were ready. It was a lovely evening for dinner at Albert Park.The menu turned out to be a lot more extensive than we had anticipated. We had come to sample the steaks they had on offer after reading review upon review filled with words of praise for them. Notably, The Point had just gained a 2 hat status in the 2011 Good Food Guide (one extra hat from 2010). Needless to say, we had high expectations. The funny thing about having dinner at 7pm is that it feels like day. We were fortunate enough to watch the day turn into night from where we sat.
The meal started off with a Salmon *something* with apple foam and apple pomegranate salad.

The balance of flavours were completely off with this complimentary course. The taste of raw onions permeated throughout the dish in an unpleasant manner. The apple foam was however, interesting. The dish tasted clearly experimental. Unfortunately, the experiment had failed. Western plains suckling pork, frilled maron, sauce ravigote and carrots vichy

Now this was perfect. The crackling was amazing, the pork juicy and succulent and just the right amount of fat in between. The sauce really brought the whole dish together. Our taste buds danced with joy! Hervey Bay Scollops tartare, basil seeds, crayfish consomme and Osetra caviar

Beautifully presented on the plate, this mouth-watering sight was a very big disappointment. The crayfish consomme overpowered the star of the dish, the scollops. I could hardly taste any sweetness from scollop itself. It was however, texturely interesting.
Beef tasting plate. Individual portions of Sher Wagyu, Hopkins River grain and Cape Grim pasture fed beef.

We had requested for the beef to be cooked to 'medium'. Unfortunately, although the pieces of beef itself were delicious, they were not cooked as promised.
250g grain fed Clare Valley Eye Fillet, Roasted bone marrow, wilted spinach, lemon, radish mustard and red wine sauce

For this main, we had asked for it to be cooked to 'medium rare" but it came out "medium well-done". Again, full of flavour and delicious but disappointing given the execution.
Various sauces to go with the steak
The sun setting as we ate
Dessert time
Palate cleanser
Fig and honeycomb parfait, gingerbread and aged balsamic
Poached stone fruits, black currant pearls, basil sorbet and coconut ice

Highly recommended! This delicious dessert hits all the right notes. The basil sorbet really brings a little something special on the plate. Beautiful balance of sweet and citrus-y goodness.
Overall, this was an enjoyable meal. The service delivered was incredibly attentive. We were especially delighted that they did not rush our meal given our late arrival. Pleasing at various turns, but sometimes missing 'The Point'. I was left questioning the hype about it being one of the best steakhouses in Melbourne.
The Point Restaurant on Urbanspoon