Just reading The Age online, and really really really needed to jot down these 'Wish List' dishes via the article '50 Best Dishes' as they look delicious!!!!!!!!
Saganaki, $11.50, at Hellenic Republic 9381 1222
It arrives piping hot on an iron plate with tiny sweet figs tempered by a balsamic reduction. The usual rubbery incarnations of this oft-abused standard should hang their heads in shame.
Stuffed zucchini flowers with hot yoghurt sauce, $24, at MoMo 9650 0660
Almond and barberry-stuffed zucchini flowers keep their crunch under the tangy sauce.
Seared momen tofu and eggplant, $8, at En Izakaya 9525 8886
Imagine a Crown croupier with miso‑stained dunked fingers shuffling thick cards of creamy cooked eggplant and slippery tofu and you have this beer-friendly cavort of texture and warm flavours.
Pea salad with ricotta and mint, $10, at Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons 9694 7400
Yes, cold peas. But beautifully swaddled in a tumble of shallots, mint, basil and shredded air-dried ricotta.
Smoked Potato, $20, at Attica 9530 0111
Sublime and simple, this dish illustrates three Ben Shewry fundamentals: reverence for produce (spud was never so heroic), gobsmacking technique (Maori hangi meets lab coat) and narrative (the dish is a poem to Shewry's native New Zealand). Oh, and it's delicious.
Tomato salad, $17, at Embrasse 9347 3312
Everything owner-chef Nicolas Poelaert prepares is a paean to produce,
but none sings so harmoniously as his tomato salad, a showcase for pure flavour that tastes like 10 types of sunshine.
Goat's cheese tart, $6, at La Parisienne Pates 9349 1852
Soft and pungent Soignon goat's cheese and feta folded into soft egg in a buttery pastry husk, topped with chives.
Salad roll, $6, at La Paloma 9380 8520
A two-hander, springy stone-ground bun with avocado mashed with lemon, thick slices of cucumber, basil, house-made mayo, Austrian cheese and crunchy cos lettuce. Prime summertime food.
If you're from Melbs, have you eaten at any of these places? I NEED TO GO BACK RIGHT NOW!