I haven’t seen my friend Carina since the last dinner we held at our household which I gladly call ‘Cave’. She has been busy setting up her business Pathways to Performance which frankly always reminds me to sit upright. My spine and my confidence are in debt to her skills.
Carina and I share a lot together – we worked together at one stage, we share the love for food, wine, Melbourne’s hot spots, and entertainment and as of late passion for motivating each other to do better. Tonight was not any different.
We decided to start the night at the ‘Trunk‘ on Exhibition St as I blogged about it in my earlier blog. At 5.30pm place was already buzzing with young professionals hungry for gossip, the latest and for some much-needed cold beverage to quench the thirst created by dryness of the daily, mundane routine in a corporate job. I can say this as I too am a victim of such dryness during the day.
As we sat near the Coral Tree, sipped on the chilled glass of bubbly and exchanged stories of the latest in our lives, I couldn’t fail to notice that even though it is only Thursday, so many people are still enjoying the cheeky school night out. Things don’t change and if you are me, you would come to appreciate Thursday nights more so than any Friday or Saturday night. Some of the best ideas, friendships and fun was created on this specific night. As we sipped on Deutz from Marlborough, NZ and grazed on antipasti platter (highly recommended for those who are not all that hungry) I couldn’t go without noticing the warmth of the night, the charm that little fairy lights put on and people seated everywhere.
Filling up with the grazing platter and some ‘oh so much-needed bubbles’ I was trying to convince Carina it is time for her to try the Spicy Fish. The restaurant that serves this spicy delicacy is also named Spicy Fish. There is so much truth in meal’s title. Prepare your senses and pray that you have some taste buds left after you try the Spicy Fish meal. It is spicy. I sometimes wonder what is exactly I was expecting when I tried fish covered in chilli. This meal is not for faint hearted.
Our grazing platter was more than enough to make us feel full and the bubbly was just enough to make us feel a bit spontaneous and mischievous. As a result, we thought it would be a great idea to go and gatecrash John Cleese’s show at the Comedy Theatre. As we approached the ticket counter, we were contemplating which story to use – 1) we misplaced the tickets or 2) do you have any seats left, we are happy to act as the fillers. To spare us any embarrassment, the show was a sell out and we jumped to another thought – Tiramisu at the Mezzo on Little Bourke St. As we walked into the restaurant, Miss Mel Bourne has decided to shed some gigantic tears on pedestrians’ hair, skin and clothes. Mezzo being so close saved the day – with the service and of course, tiramisu. Back in the day, this place was called Oyster, the very same dessert got served in a big pot and the customers were given a ladle. Your piece got determined by your ladle skill. You’ll get what you could grab. I never saw anyone who successfully grabbed an entire pot, but it is one of the best Tiramisus I have tried and worth going to the top of Little Bourke St. The servings are not the same and there is no ladle, but the recipe is still authentic and worth popping in for.
The photos and more about Mezzo will come in my future posts.
If you are stuck for ideas where to eventuate for a night-cap I highly recommend City wine shop on Spring St. It’s right next to the European and its extensive and rich choice of wines from around the globe will make anyone ask for more. If you haven’t got a clue where your wine is originally from, there are maps on the walls in the dining room which may help out with the place of origin and potentially make you travel to a distant land. Don’t knock this idea. Wine is going to be often mentioned in my blogs as I’m not only a fan who likes to drink it and enjoy a good drop, I like to know and learn about its variety. Every drop is different.
As I’m about to take a mini-break from Melbourne and enjoy some much deserved warmth of Hayman Island, I hope you start exploring.
Dear readers, there is another big surprise coming soon so stay tuned. Till next time, go and have a piece of nona’s rich Tiramisu. It’s guaranteed to melt your heart
P.S. – The amazing Mezzo’s Tiramisu.