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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Virginia Plain

Flinders Lane is playing host to some pretty cool restaurants these days and with the likes of Cumulus Inc. pumping customers in and out from breakfast to dinner, Virginia Plain has got some healthy competition opening up next door. It was Melbourne Cup Eve when I was strolling up towards that end of the city to meet Mr A for lunch, when I was suddenly stopped in my tracks by the darn Melbourne Cup parade *shakes fists*. Frustratingly, I had to weave through the throng of people and walk all the way down to the Yarra river before getting back on track. We debated over where to eat and having eaten at Cumulus Inc. more than enough times, we settled comfortably into a table at Virginia Plains.

I really liked the space at Virginia Plain which was much more spacious than the exterior suggested. The open space is polished and inviting particularly with the bright sunlight streaming in. I liked the features from the details in the long bar to the lighting fixtures and the plush, textured seating along the walls. The service was pleasant and attentive - I mentioned I was freezing halfway through our meal, as the air-conditioning seemed to be on high and even the hanging lights were swaying around, to which our waitress quickly adjusted.

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The Spring Lunch special ($35) consisted of a choice of two courses with a glass of wine and coffee. To start off our leisurely lunch, we were served some warm bread which we also later used to eat with the duck rillettes.

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Warm bread with olive oil and salt and pepper

The duck rillettes were flaky and flavoursome accompanied well with the sweet fig jam and charred bread.

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Duck rillettes with fig jam and frisee salad

Mr A neglected to mention he wanted his steak cooked medium rare but luckily, when he sliced into it, it was beautifully pink and juicy. He was very pleased with his steak and there was a good amount of chips and salad that came with the steak. I had a taste and it was delicious.

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Grain fed Wagyu steak with handcut chips

I was a bit envious when I caught sight of many Wagyu steaks passing me by but that quickly faded when my dish was set in front of me. It looked simple enough but the snapper was cooked perfectly and drizzled in a delicious caper butter sauce. The mash and spring greens (asparagus and green beans) finished the dish off nicely and I left the plate sparkling clean - so yummy. I did find two fish bones which made me slightly wary while eating the rest of the snapper but no big deal.

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Fish of the day - snapper with spring greens and mash

There was no way we were going to pass on the hot chocolate fondant and we didn't regret it. Cutting into the chocolate fondant revealed a gooey dark chocolate liquid centre which was rich and balanced out by the tart raspberry sauce and milk ice cream.

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Hot chocolate fondant with milk ice cream

After our relaxing lunch, we ordered our coffees to go which were freaking hot (I almost burnt my tongue) so I let it cool down while I did a bit of shopping. God I love it when the office is empty and I don't have to do any work!

We enjoyed Virginia Plain's lunch menu and thought the food was executed well and at good value. Luckily, the dinner menu also offers a reasonably priced 'degustation' type meal featuring the chef's best dishes. I'm keen on trying out the 'Bring it on' menu so I hope to make it back sooner, rather than later.

Food: 8/10
Service: 8.5/10
Value: 8.5/10
Will I return? Yes, we enjoyed our meal and must return for dinner.

Virginia Plain
31 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9290 0400


Mon to Wed 11am - 11pm
Thu to Sat 11am - 1am

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12 thoughts:

  1. Another place on Flinder's lane? I can't KEEP UP!!!! LOL I've never heard of this place but it sure looks and sounds very nice and you know me!

    I can't literally CAN'T take my eyes off that Hot chocolate fondant!!

    Will you go back with me please?!?!

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  2. Wow, the hot chocolate fondant looks absolutely pleasant! There are so many places popping up on Flinders Lane whilst I've been cooped up studying all semester. I can't wait to try some of these places that you've blogged about. It all seems like an exciting culinary journey! Keep up the great blogs :)

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    1. Thanks! There are so many places popping up everywhere and it's a bit hard to keep up, not to mention it hurts the wallet but I can't resist the food...... Thanks Sophie! :)

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  3. Whoa this place looks brilliant! But again, booooo, they NEED TO MOVE CUMULUS, YU-U, Nama Nama, Piadina Slowfood, City Wineshop, Virginia Plain up to my arse-end of town!!!! Stop setting up restaurants in the Spring St end *yells out in frustration*

    Hahaha!

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    1. Haha I know, but lucky for me, it's only a ~5 minute walk from my workplace! You hav eHenry & the fox and gypsy & pig down your side of town though, a pain in the you-know-what for me to get to. Grass is always greener..... you know haha :)

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  4. I absolutely love Flinders Lane, but it must be hard for restaurants to make it there, what with it being lined by all the big names in food (movida, cumulus, chin chin, cecconi's, kenzan - you get the idea). Your lunch looks lovely though, especially that chunky, juicy steak :)

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    1. I know what you mean but considering that alot of these restaurants are always packed to the rafters, it might be good to be the back up plan ;)
      The steak was so good, I'm heading back there soon again!

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  5. For food that looks that good, $35 for two course is a steal! The presentation of all the dishes really impressed me. Gotta make a booking!

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    1. Yup and it includes a glass of wine with coffee, pretty decent!

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  6. Glad to hear you had a better experience that what we did when we went along. We blogged about it and certain people kicked off - but I believe it was a fair and measured review.

    Might have to give it another go - but go incognito...

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    1. Yes lol I remember the whole hoo-haa about it. I'm going again for dinner in a few weeks time so I hope my experience will be the same..

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