Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Green Park.
Blending the best of local produce with Spanish-influenced cooking, Green Park is an all-day eatery and bar. Occupying the space formerly known as St Ali North, the restaurant seeks to satisfy families and gourmet diners alike with good food made from the highest quality ingredients.
The original St Ali fit out has been adapted and redesigned by Eades & Bergman (the team that fitted out Bomba) resulting in a modern, inviting space. On the food front, the restaurant is in good hands with Jesse Gerner (Añada, Moro, River Café) and Howard Stamp (ex MoVida and Le Bon Ton) heading the kitchen with Todd Thorburn.
And of course, coffee lovers are well catered for as Green Park serves up delicious cups of Clement coffee.
Upper left: Casa mariol vemut negre, manzanilla, orange
Upper right: Local asparagus, aioli
Bottom left: Broccolini, lemon, smoked almonds
Bottom right: Deep fried rabbit
The dishes were simple but very well executed, allowing the fresh, locally sourced produce to take centre stage. The asparagus and broccolini were both deliciously fresh and perfectly cooked, displaying beautiful texture and flavour.
Braised murray grey beef ribs, onions and shallots
Our favourite dish from the night was the braised Murray Grey beef short rib. The short rib was tender and delicious falling away at the weight of our spoons. Coated in a delicious thick braising sauce and paired with sweet, caramelised shallots this was a wonderful dish.
Local snapper, stewed zucchini, garlic, thyme
Obviously pulled straight from the sea, the snapper could not have been fresher. The skin of the fish was perfectly crisp while the naturally sweet flesh was delicate and moist. The stewed zucchini provided a luxuriously textured accompaniment which melted in our mouths and paired beautifully.
Carrots, labne, mint, cardamom
The combination of the earthy sweetness of the carrots, tart labne and use of fragrant cardamom was lovely. Whilst merely a side dish, this beautiful dish of carrots shone in its own right.
Cakes and fancies by Park St Pastries
The platter of sweets was a stunning end to a fabulous dinner. Everything on the plate was delicious, however the passionfruit tart was of particular note. Encased in a buttery, crumbly pastry, the tart possessed complexity and a superb balance of sweet and sour.
Green Park impresses with the freshness of its ingredients, the quality of its service and the skill in the kitchen. A versatile space, Green Park is highly recommended for a place to take that special someone, the family or for a catch up with friends.
Location: 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
Phone: 03 9380 5499
Cuisine: Spanish, Wine Bar, Coffee, Breakfast