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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trocadero

Trocadero is one of three new restaurants taking up residence at the newly remodelled Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre. Being a hub for performances, the clientele mainly consisted of the 'pre-theatre' crowd who were in and out before we were done with our meal. Located off Flinders street and overlooking the Yarra river, the interior is neutral and sleek with the wait staff donning matching grey uniforms.


A glass of pinot gris was for appropriate for the warm evening.

Red Claw Pinot Gris ($10)

The crusty bread was warm and satisfying, a great way to jump start our appetites. I chowed down on the bread fully knowing that I would regret it later when my stomach would give up but bread and butter is just too good to resist.

Warm bread with butter

The seasoned, spicy chorizo slices were covered in an airy potato foam with a side of tangy aioli which complemented well as the foam lifted from the heavy flavours of the chorizo. The chorizo slices were very hard which would be my only complaint but we enjoyed it a lot as it reminded us of Movida's famous cured wagyu, egg and truffle foam dish (albeit, Movida's was much better).


Chorizo, potato foam, aioli ($14)

The list of starters was made up mainly of charcuterie items which I wasn't feeling so I went with the zucchini flowers. They were lightly battered and very delicious drizzled in lemon and fresh tomatoes.

Fried Zucchini flowers, ricotta, tomato, lemon ($15)

My main was all about the humble onion - from the heady flavours infused in the risotto, the long shards of tacky caramelised onion and the charred ringlets of pickled onion. At first bite, the sweet caramelisation of the onions shone through while the toasted grains added a crunchy texture. As I continued to eat, the sweetness of my dish became increasingly overwhelming and the pecorino could only do so much to help, so I alternated with pieces of Mr A's steak to alleviate the sweetness. I was only able to get through 3/4 of the dish before I gave up.


Onion risotto, toasted grains, pecorino pepato ($29)

The Wagyu scotch fillet was a large portion which would please any meat-lover. The steak was incredibly tender and barely gave the jaws a workout. The béarnaise was rich and creamy, accompanying both the steak and fresh rocket salad perfectly. There are no cross-section photos  but it was cooked medium rare and absolutely mouth-watering.


Rangers Valley Wagyu scotch fillet (320g) with béarnaise sauce ($40)

Onto desserts, we were quite predictable with our choices, opting for waist-expanding desserts over the light and fruity options. The much lauded caramel cooked cream dessert was made up of three parts - the mellow panna cotta; a gooey, luscious caramel layer scattered with pine nuts; and a fluffy layer of salted popcorn crumble hiding cubes of poached pears. Each element alone didn't excite but together, it was decadence on a spoon. Being considerably sweet and rich, the serving was ideal to share between two.


Caramel cooked cream, pear, popcorn crumble, chocolate ($17)

We love our chocolate puddings but there is always that a worry when breaking into the pudding that there is no oozy-goodness. Luckily, the soft-centred chocolate pudding was rich and indulgent however the salted caramel ganache added a new level of decadence. The milk toffee ice cream and chocolate pops did well to alleviate from the richness of the dessert and is one of my favourite chocolate puddings I've had so far (the best one is still from Machi in St Kilda).


Chocolate pudding, milk toffee ice cream ($17)

Don't worry, we ate every last bit of dessert, despite how full we were and it was worth it.


Trocadero are great about managing time if you are in a hurry and will ask prior to sitting you down. Service was friendly and very helpful as our waitress gave us suggestions when we were stuck. With the exception of the onion risotto, we enjoyed all the dishes and would agree with the public consensus that Trocadero excel at desserts and I wouldn't hesitate to return.

Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Will I return? Yes, food and desserts especially were great but would return solely for desserts.

Trocadero
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 8698 8888


Open all week 11am - late

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12 thoughts:

  1. I just had to get the caramel cooked cream. It looks to pretty to eat...not that it stopped you or I from demolishing it!

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    1. It was a delight to work through the layers, incredibly rich but too good to resist!

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  2. Glad you managed a visit here. It's one of our favourite restaurants. :)

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    1. You've been MIA! But I can see why as they are fantastic at desserts.

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  3. Trocaderoooooo (Hmmmm can't resist humming the Canyonero jingle from The Simpsons to myself lol).

    I love the look of the foam and chorizo, and the beef whoa!!! Hrmmm... I must try the Cooked Caramel Cream and Pear thingy hehehehehehehe *evil laugh and heads to the kitchen*

    :D

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    1. Haha oh geez, if you create the cooked caramel cream, must share the recipe! I may even give it a try seeing as it was so tasty!

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  4. definitely one of the new fave venues in melbourne. looks awesome.

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  5. So need to make my way down there after work. Everything looks so colourful, fresh and more importantly, delicious!

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  6. I have heard soooooo much about Trocadero and it's super close to my work but I still haven't had the chance to tryyyyy! But I'm getting super jealous and really want that Caramel cooked cream, pear, popcorn crumble, chocolate!

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    1. Yes it is so close to you, I think you'd love the caramel cooked cream!

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