Another enjoyable visit last week to this stylish establishment in the State Buildings – running along the side of the building looking out onto Barrack Street – exposed untreated floor boards, rubbed back stone walls, no ceilings – just the air con ducts and the like – and old style hanging lights above the line of tables and chairs make for an attractive dining space.
The wine list is well put together always with something interesting to catch the imagination and on this occasion we chose a bottle of rose from the Yarra Valley. Luke Lambert “Crudo’ is a blend of nebbiolo and shiraz – raspberry and spicy aromas, cranberry and savoury notes on the palate – crisp, earthy and very drinkable.
As to our food, well for once I did not order the chopped broccoli salad which has been on the menu since day one I think – in any event I have had it many times and love it, but this time we decided on a charcuterie plate, a dish of grilled asparagus and a couple of daily specials – raw fish in hot sauce and crumbed artichokes.
The dried meats draped elegantly across the plate came with crisp bread, pickled vegetables and mild mustard; a salami flavoured with fennel seeds, a zesty chorizo and jamon among the selection.
The artichokes, crumbed and deep fried topped with shaved parmesan and green peas, delicately flavoured, a lovely presentation, and a hit with us.
Crisp sticks of asparagus, lightly cooked, were sprinkled with smoked and crumbed brioche and sat alongside a puddle of creamy buttery sauce for dipping – lots of fresh and seasonal Spring notes here.
And finally, my favourite and one I hope makes a regular appearance, succulent chopped raw fish swimming in a sauce of coconut and chilli – zesty, refreshing, beautifully integrated flavours. Outstanding.
It seems every time we come by we encounter another excellent dish or two and this was no exception – the food here really is top class – fresh ingredients, skilfully designed dishes, just so enjoyable. We are full of praise for the standard of the food and service, and Petition Kitchen is certainly recommended.