Roxborough (Invited)

Friday, January 27, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Roxborough located along Acland St, St Kilda over looking the iconic Luna Park and strategically placed just a few minutes from tram stops (No 96 from Melbourne CBD). Owned by Marco and Paul from Fitzrovia.
The restaurant look amazing with all white interior screams homey, minimalistic yet modern and matched with the heritage buidling right beside the restaurant. Another thing I notice they have an extensive wine list. So it's suiting for us to be greeted by a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from Spyvalley Marborough. It has a fruity smell and light taste, nicely partnered with seafood or with the summer dishes served by the restaurant.

We started with some polenta chips with truffled parsley and parmesan and fresh oyster as the appetizers. The polenta chips was amazingly crispy outside but remain moist inside, I was impressed and the smell of the truffle oil was really prominent, I love it. The oyster was really fresh with a jint of lemon, perfect way to start the summer banquet.

Then a legion of entrees started coming in and it begin with rabbit and chicken terrine with early summer pickled plums and sourdough toast. The terrine it self contained some pistachios giving it a lil bit of crunchy texture and surprisingly I enjoyed the pickled plums. It was fresh and went really well with the terrine.

We move on to grilled, pickled and shaved heirloom zucchinis with broad beans, mint, pistachio and ricotta salata. Marco said that the zucchinis were nor pre prepared bur freshly shaved in madoline slicers right after the order to maintain the freshness and sweetness of the zucchini. The bowl might contain different vegetables according to the season and for me this is one of the meal that definitely worth trying.

Vitello Tonnato - milk poached veal fillet with tuna tartare and rye pangaritata. My representative that comes in for me for this event is not a big fan of raw meat but she enjoyed so much because of the tuna tartare, It was so fresh with a tangy taste from the diced pickles making it the perfect balanced with the veal and a dash of horseradish and veggies on top.

The last entrees was pipies and clams with smoked pork hock, garlic shoots and parsley. A beautifully plated dish with a generous portion as well as a well balanced dish. Everything just goes well together. The grilled bread added extra aroma and crispy texture to the dish.

After all that, we still got mains ahead of us. Potato gnocchi with braised broccoli, zucchini, broad beans, asparagus with goats curd and pine nuts. This was the star of the night. Normally gnocchi fall flat, too chewy and bland if it does not cooked properly but this gnocchi is smooth inside and crunchy on the outside. It remain crispy for a long time since they pan fried the gnocchi.

La Porchetta - rolled crisp skinned rare breed pork belly braised chicory, organic black lentils and salsa verde. Another dish with a crispy outside and very soft inside, Roxborough nailed the technique. The seasoning was light but the meat was really tender. I honestly prefer more seasoning on the meat.

Dessert is always exciting especially it's pannacotta. Yoghurt panna cotta with roasted yelloe peaches, honeycomb and rosemary. The roasted apricot was glazed properly and tasted so sweet combined with delicious honeycomb and it comes in a genereous portions. Love it.

The service through the night was friendly and attentive, the owner was very accomodating makes it even better. Roxborough is definitely a place worth trying for a casual dining or a rather special occasion.


Roxborough Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

88 Acland St
St KIlda, VIC 3182