Tonight we celebrated Frances’s birthday at one of the finest dining places at Crowne Plaza. Here’s a quick review.
Oysters, 4AUD Each
Oysters for starters and you can take your pick for oysters from various territories in Australia from the New South Wales, South Australia and even Tasmania. There are so many types from Coffin Bay; Cape Hawke Rock Oysters; Smoky Bay; even Pipeclay Lagoon from fresh waters down south.
Olive Oil Confit Ora King Salmon, 42AUD
Most of us, me included, ordered a cut of salmon and it was the best piece of thick cut salmon I have had in awhile. The meat is firm and delicate at the same time that it melts in your mouth with every bite. Underneath it was a cassoulet beans mixed with chorizo, soured with preserved lemon and saffron, drenched in fino sherry sauce. There were also grilled octopus meats that we wished we could have more of. Just in case you are wondering, the black crisp is not black truffle, just a random crisp.
Baby Snapper, 41AUD
This Baby Snapper was caught all the way from Port Phillip Bay. The skin was supposedly soft textured but firm.
Pan Roasted Hapuka, 42AUD
The Hapuka is cooked solitarily and put on top of braised fennel, confit tomatoes and asparagus that were all soaked in crab foam. The hapuka was boneless.
300G Full Blood Black Angus Scotch Fillet, 45AUD
We expected our Scotch Fillet to be cooked perfectly but was very disappointed with it. It was wood fired, seasoned with classic ingredients including sea salt, lemon and olive oil. We asked for medium rare and it obviously came in medium well. Perhaps the cooking temperature was too high that the exterior was visibly burnt. The burnt taste was also very distinct, and its such a pity that chefs of a highly raved restaurant would skip out on the quality check. We can’t believe they still have the guts to send this out to our table. Even I would have done a better job at grilling this!
Here’s tonight’s crew
Honey And Ginger Cassonade, 20AUD
The first dessert we got was a sweet cassonade with caramelised pear, caramel ice cream, and biscuit like kataifi pastry.
Black Forest Devil’s Cake, 22AUD
I got to share the Black Forest Devil’s Cake with molten chocolate lava within. There were crumbs of royaltine crunch and it was delicious when you have a spoon of the whole cake with the cherry sorbet. The griottine cherries melts in our mouths and it was a magnificent end to our meal.
The waiters were very kind and informative. They cleared and wiped the tables before coming in with a surprise complimentary birthday cake. It was a sweet gesture and Frances was definitely surprised.
Service was top notch and the ambiance was beautiful. We sat outside at seats closest to the Yarra river and we watched the fire exhaust every coming hour at the Crown promenade. I would recommend The Atlantic if you are looking to fine dine. However, order the seafoods as opposed to other meats extracted from land. Here’s a picture of the girls in black and the special one in white. We didn’t even coordinate this, I guess great friends think alike.