Wednesday, February 10, 2010


When I crave something crunchy- I really crave something really CRUNCHY. Thankfully, we have Mess Hall's crunchy polenta chips served with uber-garlicky aioli to satiate me in those dire moments. Just a trundle down Bourke St and they're open late!

Have I captured how crunchy they can be?
What is it about crunchy foods that is so toe-curlingly satisfying?

This is a hot sopressa (crunchy around the edges of course) and pesto pizza (thin, crispy base). Crunch!

This is P Diddy's slow cooked lamb and 'taters.

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Yesterday was our 2nd anniversary and boy was I spoilt. He surprised me with a brilliant bouquet after work and then we headed over to Shira Nui in Glen Waverly for the most amazing sushi/omakase experience I've had in my life.

Translucent dory,tuna steak, pan-seared salmon, marinated kingfish, grilled wagyu beef, fish-stuffed okra tempura nigiri sushi- they all danced across the palette like magnificent pirouettes across the stage. My favourite was the mackerel nigiri- served with finely choped spring onion, sprinkled with sesame, wrapped in a light green, translucent square sheet of sweet seaweed. Dessert was complimenatary: the lemon and melon sorbet served in a shot glass brought a beautiful, sweet, refreshing full stop to the meal.

It was a lot of excitmenet for all the senses- the noisy chatter, the tastes, textures, smells, the beautifully presented food, seeing Hiro-san swish his ridiculously long samurai-esque knives/swords about...

I didn't take photos sadly, but tummyrumbles has two great accounts of her experiences there (here and here), complete with photographs. At about $80-90 a head, it is not cheap..... but I believe it's an experience not to be missed!

247 Springvale Road,
Glen Waverley
Phone 03 9886 7755

51 Bourke St
p: 9654 6800


Bucca said...

Oh yum I love Polenta chips! Have your tried the ones at the wine bar attached to the European on spring st? awesome :)
I'll have to go and check out the mess hall - I have been meaning to for ages. I've read it's great 'home cooked' style meals - perfect for casual catch ups!

Flit About said...

Congrats on your anniversary <3

I feel like I'm the only person in this world who doesn't like chips. I must be missing out??

Blicious said...

OMG looks amazing!! your pictures are amazing!


June Paski said...

congrats!!, love ur pics


Lola said...

My gosh, that food looks ridiculously delicious!

rtf :)

Anonymous said...

Omg those chips are like food pornography they look soooooooooooo good! Might just be the BEST chips in Melbourne :)

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