Phone: 03 9349 4888
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Overall Impression: 5/10
Cured kingfish, pomegranate & quinoa salad
The appeal of this dish was undone as there were segments of fish that tasted quite ‘fishy’. This was unfortunate given the beautiful flavour combinations for the parts that were not.
Pork cheek croquettes, artichoke aioli
The best croquettes that I have ever tasted have been from Movida. It was difficult not to compare these with those. These were inferior to that of Movida’s as they lacked any complexity. Although pleasant, they were merely fried pork-filled pieces of dough.
Crackling wrapped roll of roast pork, slow cooked beans, cabbage & fennel
There were parts of the pork crackling that were absolutely divine. The rest (and dominating parts of the crackling) were sadly rubbery. The pork meat was ambrosially flavoured with aniseed and fennel but was slightly dry and overcooked.
Crisp duck legs, orange, cherry tomato, Danish feta & lentil salad
The duck was an absolute stand out. It was perfectly cooked – extremely tender on the inside with a beautifully crisp and flavoured skin. The portions were generous. The bed of lentils and feta that accompanied the duck were scrumptious. This was certainly a highlight of our meal at La Luna.
Fish of the Day, chickpeas, tomato, zucchini, olives, basil & mint
The fish was cooked beautifully - well-seasoned and fresh, it was delicious. My enjoyment of the dish was however, extirpated by the sad looking vegetables it was served with. Clearly an afterthought, it certainly raised questions about attempts to upsell side dishes by serving incomplete mains.
The bombolones left much to be desired. The word 'pedestrian' comes to mind - they were literally fried balls of dough drizzled with syrup. Fortunately, the liquor ice cream was delicious. It was creamy and had a lovely density to it.