The bread was warm and soft and reminded me of a spiced bread with the aroma of cocoa.
Black bread with cardamon and house churned butter
The duck rillettes were seasoned well and with a smooth consistency, they were complemented by the pickled radishes and soft boiled quail egg. There was also a sweetened apricot/peach (I forgot which) type fruit which went extremely well against the salty duck rillettes.
Pork rillettes with pickled radish and soft boiled quail egg
The duck liver pate was rich, smooth and moreish although the crisp biscuits were a touch over-salted for my liking. I much preferred to eat the pate with the bread - delicious!
Duck liver pate
My favourite dish of the night were the veal sweetbreads. They were tender, velvety and would even sway those on the fence in regards to offal. The onion-based béchamel sauce was perfect in conjunction with the sweetbreads and savoury chicken sauce. This would certainly be on the list of dishes to reorder.
Veal sweetbreads, soubise, chicken sauce
The heirloom carrots were still quite raw and too hard for Mr A's preference but I didn't mind it so much. They were bathed in creamy and honeyed concoction which went so well together.
Baby carrots, honey, goat's curd, sesame, beetroot
Pork done three ways, how could we resist? The pork belly was tender with a crisp skin, the pork neck was succulent and rich but the pork jowl was the winner on the plate. It was so tender it could melt in my mouth, incredibly luxurious and delicious. Sorry for the horrible photo, I was rushing to eat!
Pig - belly, jowl, neck
We didn't want to be overwhelmed with meat so we opted for a main of potato and calcot pie. It was similar to scalloped potatoes inside a buttery and flaky pastry. It was quite a rich dish and had we not been getting extremely full, we probably would have been able to eaten more than half of it.
Potato, calcot and gruyere pie
They have their dessert offerings trollied out but we were stuffed to the point of imminent food-coma so we declined. We were struggling so much, we had to have a quick rest in the car before gathering the strength to drive back to the city!
The space has retained some aspects of its former glory and shows an interesting mixture of old and new.
Our waitress that night was delightful and incredibly helpful. The food at Epocha was superb and the service was the perfect balance of attentiveness so we were well looked after in all aspects. I can't fault a single thing so I would love to come back for another visit soon.
Will I return? Yes, we had an excellent meal!
49 Rathdowne Street
Carlton VIC 3053
(03) 9036 4949
Lunch 12pm onwards Thursday - Sunday
Dinner 5:30pm onwards Tuesday - Saturday