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If you know me well, i’m usually too busy to even blog my stuff, let alone, a review for a restaurant in a foreign country?!?
But yes, that’s exactly what i’m doing right now, a review for Maha Bar and Grill, on my own free will. (This is not a media invite)
WHY? You may ask.
Well, *shrugs*.. because the food is really good and it’s worth blogging about it even with no-standard(iPhone)-photos. :P
The gf and i wanted Vue De Monde initially, but alas.. reservation at VDM advance is needed, like a good couple of months, especially if you’re looking at dining on Friday or Saturday night. After combing through a short list of other restaurant reviews and menus, we decided on Maha, because it sounded pretty awesome for the price that we’d be paying. Uh huh, pretty affordable for a 9-10 course meal.
First up – drinks!
Gf’s : Turkish Delight
Mine : Pomegranate something something with Egg White. *giggles* Yeah, i forgot! It has been a few months already! But damn, this drink was gooood. It was so delicious, so so delicious that i almost ordered another, and another and another if not for my tight budget! If you do go, PLEASE, PLEASE, order this lip-smacking-good-drink please. If you don’t like it, come claim from Mama (read : me). I’ll reimburse you!
WHY THE HELL DOES THE COMPLIMENTARY BREAD DESERVE A SPACE IN THE WRITE UP TOO?
Because they were also SO DAMN GOOD that’s why.
We totally committed the very same boo-boo like (almost) all diners did (occasionally) which is, stuffing ourselves silly with complimentary bread. BUT. We’d very good reason. These breads were simply irresistible — i want their recipes!! You can’t stop at one each. In fact, i think we had 3 refills, with some gorgeously whipped butter no less! o.O
If you go, don’t say i didn’t warn you. Try sticking to 1 each okaaayyy? Oh alright, 2. 2 each and that’s that. Trust me and you won’t regret it, unless you can eat really a lot, like that guy in Man VS Food.
Smoked Pork Hock Broth, Quail Eggs, Beans, Silverbeet : the broth was a tad salty otherwise, very flavourful! I finished every single drop and morsels.
Corn fed chicken tagine, broken egg, corn bread, saffron, Iranian figs, sucuk oil : Again, impressive. Very well put together. Everything marries well with one another. If not for the limited stomach space, i would have loved to wipe clean the gravy with the corn bread. Yummeehh!
John Dory fillet, raw greens, preserved lemons, mushroom cream, almond mayo : Fish was well executed. Juicy and all, but with the limited stomach space (yeah, the breads’ fault!), i could only ate 3 bites. Almond mayo didn’t leave much impression though.
My customized swordfish course because erm, i refused to eat rabbit (just a personal preference though i’m no longer a pescetarian).
Verdict : not outstanding. I rather swordfish sashimi anytime.
Gf’s rabbit loin, morels, angel hair, braised legs, peas, foie gras foam, hazelnut coco nibs bastilla, in case you wanna know how the rabbit dish looks like. :P
Our table was all filled up, with the sides, the mains, the drinks, the breads, whoaa, so much food… At this point of time, we just stared at the table and sighed. How to go on? We both agreed that we were too greedy, way too greedy, to order the Sultans Menu instead of the Soufras but we soldiered on. Deep breaths in.. and we were ready again!
Next up : 12 hour roasted mt leura lamb shoulder, pistachio and green olive tabouleh – to be honest, i’ve got zero impression on this one. All i know is that it wasn’t stinky, it wasn’t dry and we barely touched it. Too full!
David Blackmore rib eye cap marble score 9+, honey, coriander seed, roast garlic parfait, shaved roots : Woohooooo, finally, the course that we’d been waiting for! David Blackmore’s rib eye!! Dear DB’s fans, don’t kill me please but i think it might be overrated? Slapping the steak with honey didn’t work for me. As for the steak, to quote my mother, Nothing special leh!
Sumac, tomato, cucumber, mint, leaves, roast garlic : complimentary salad but, mmmmmmMMmm.. it was good. After ingesting that much of meat, we welcomed this with open arms. If i remember correctly, i think we finished this. Teeheeeheeee!
Peanut butter parfait, baklava crumb, salted caramel, chocolate sorbet, orange blossom foam : Let’s just put it this way, i whacked everything and wanted another.
SO friggin’ good! Not exactly pleasing to the eyes, but trust me, detailed thoughts were put in into making this dessert. From the way the peanuts were stuck around the glass, all the way to the positioning of the foam, sorbet.. surprises abound at every turn as you hold the glass, eat, turn, eat, turn, repeat. So good.
White chocolate and honey soufflè : i had many many bad relationships with soufflè, but gawddd, this one here, the very plain, boring looking one here, yup that’s right, this one, completely changed my mind about soufflè. I’m now a convert and i cannot wait to make my own soon. Needless to say, i too, finished this course. Dearest friends would know that no matter how stuffed i am, i’ll always have an extra stomach for desserts, just for desserts and nothing else. *wink*
Thankfully it wasn’t that chilly that night like other nights where i’d shiver non-stop because all i had on was a LBD, stockings and a jacket — what’s with women and vanity right, sigh :P I know, can’t quite tell what i wore but oh well, i was merely showing off my new 4″ nude color heels, scored during one of the crazy sales i walked past when i was there. :D
Need i say some more?
Go to Maha and dine already!
Maha Bar & Grill
21 Bond Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
t +61 3 9629 5900
f +61 3 9629 5911