I was lucky enough to experience this amazing degustation last year in November 2013 and just never really got around to blogging about it. However dinner at Champion’s Bistro at Bowls Clayton was one of my most memorable meals.
As soon as the secret was exposed by an article published by Goodfood.com.au that former Vue De Monde Chef, Clinton McIver was serving up 5 courses for just $50, my brother got straight on the phone and secured a table for our family.
Vue de Monde has an excellent reputation for fine dining and exceptional food, so it’s no wonder tables at the Champion’s Bistro filled up fast. There was soon no more space on the waiting list and the phone was probably going straight to voice-mail. So this would be my one and only chance to have such an unique dining experience.
It was nice that the tables were well spaced out, not over crowded. They definitely provided a professional service in a non-pretentious setting. Actually to be expecting fine dining at a local suburban bowls club does feel awkward, but I think when you become so excited about the food – it really doesn’t matter at all.
Initially they had intended to have an al-a-carte menu. However I believe due to all the exposure they received from the press at the time, a set degustation menu was probably much more manageable. It appeared that once you had booked the table, the table was yours for the night. No rush to have you in and out by any fixed time.
Unfortunately my photos do not really do the food justice. I’m a bit sad about that, but oh well here we go.
Slow roasted tomato with garlic ice-cream and sweet crispy pastry flakes.
The tomato was exceptionally sweet and the combination with the garlic ice-cream was amazing. Overall it was a more sweet than savory appetizer, however I was mind blown by how all the flavors worked well together.
Salt Cod, Potato, Broad beans.
The thing that was good about this dish is the flavour are rich and just the right proportions. Very easy to eat!
Victorian grass fed beef, smoked mulberry juice, caramelized onion puree and wild watercress.
Only the best and most tender cuts of beef. The smoked mulberry juice was AMAZING! wow. wow. wow.
Yes! TWO desserts!
Blueberries, Liqourice, Bronzed Fennel and yoghurt.
Lucky for me I love the flavours of Liquorice and Fennel, so this dessert was an absolute delight. The ‘furry’ looking things are Liquorice and the Fennel was caramelized making it sweet and crunchy.
Chocolate green pepper margarita.
This dessert really did pack-a-punch. A delicious chocolatey mousse complemented with a spicy citrus margarita, which gave your taste buds the hot, cold and sourish sensation. I suppose the experience is similar to eating chilly chocolate, but with a twist of course.
Whilst this is a very unique dining experience, I am sure it has change the way a few things operate around at the local bowls club and hope they will continue to put up good, honest food.