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- Jim on New Royal Children's Hospital 'too ... What has happened to the old hospital? Can't it still be used to treat patients more
- Dan from Wheelers Hill on Trucks explode in fiery collision I love it when all of these anti-truck nutters come out and start bagging the entire industry just because they perceive ... more
- mylene on New Royal Children's Hospital 'too ... In opposition Ted said it was too small but he still stood next to the Queen when she opened it. more
- Christine on New Royal Children's Hospital 'too ... What incompetent fools were in charge of this project? more
- Damien Tyl on Trucks explode in fiery collision Quick judgement by a pack of morons that hav no road sense whatsoever to even comment the way u hav on such a tragedy u ... more
- Garry on New Royal Children's Hospital 'too ... When this New Hospital was being built, I am sure I remember Neilo having a story that the new U Beaut hospital was going to ... more
- tony elsworthy on Trucks explode in fiery collision well I drove this highway for 10 yrs most of it was over night express so wot half of yous gona call me a cowboy coz I did ... more
- Craig on Rolling Stones add five concert dates ... Dont know how i am going to afford it, but i wont miss the Stones for anything. Saw them in 95, 03 & 06. They actually get ... more
- Craig on Trucks explode in fiery collision Time the state/Federal Government got off their ass and spent some money and make this a divided road...they have it...stop ... more
- Kenny Moore on Trucks explode in fiery collision All I really have to say is all the do gooders that are canning truck drivers , how about they get actual fact before ... more
- DORIS on Trucks explode in fiery collision Is is sad to hear. On all negative comments about the truck drivers remember who put the food in the supermarkets! About ... more
- wayne on Trucks explode in fiery collision roger, why didn't you slow down a little when you can plainly see that the truck is coming up to pass in the overtaking ... more
- Dave From Great Western on Trucks explode in fiery collision This latest accident occurred just a couple of Km's from my town where more than 3000 trucks pass through,each day on the ... more
- Sean on Trucks explode in fiery collision I am sick and tired of seeing a blame game on truck drivers.As soon as there is a report of an incident it is always the ... more
- Denise Butler on Trucks explode in fiery collision I travel this road without any problems with trucki. In fact when I come up behind a truck I usually stay behind the, ... more
- Lukey J on Trucks explode in fiery collision Roger, I myself drive trucks for a living. I'm all for everyone to have the right to one's opinion. But there are some bad ... more
- Michael Real on Trucks explode in fiery collision I agree with Roger's comments. Out on the Princes Freeway east of Melb you are tailgated, intimidated and overtaken by ... more
- Jed Maxwell on Trucks explode in fiery collision I travelled that area of Victoria for a few weeks last month. Many of the truck drivers apper to be complete nutters, ... more
- Tristan on Trucks explode in fiery collision Roger with all due respect a I'm speaking for most truck drivers not all because there are some bad ones . Most car speedos ... more
- Roger on Trucks explode in fiery collision My wife and I drove back from Adelaide on the Western Highway last April. The standard of driving of trucks was ... more
Ela Carte checks out Brooks
Brooks - Basement 115-117 Collins Street, Melbourne – www.brooksofmelbourne.com
This downstairs dining room has been transformed yet again, Jamie Oliver has gone and Toby Puttock has fled the scene, two industry names have taken over the reigns and they’ve brought a talented Frenchman with them. Chef Nic Poelart was a bit of a quiet achiever at Embrasse, much lauded and yet I never got to try his wares there - so I was determined to get into Brooks.
First impressions - this joint has a doorman. A man at the door. Who opens it for you and shows you downstairs. Wow.
Once down there, the vibe is surprisingly upbeat. There’s part dark European bistro feel about it, but a brightness in the steady buzz of diners and floorstaff. A huge impressive looking bar, some timber tables in one room and leather banquettes in the other. Staff are smart looking – we’re talking waistcoats and shiny shoes, but they’re pretty relaxed and approachable too. Great knowledge of the food and wine.
So the food, and it’s a pretty eclectic menu to look at in a way. Hors d’ouerves include a variety of oysters, caviar by the 30 grams, and cheese and crackers “Brooks style”. The “seasonal” stuff ranges in price and size, I think if you can do it probably the best way to explore things is via the chef’s five course tasting menu at 80 per person – they’ll give you the best stuff they’ve got.
Meli Melo. (Photo: Kate Stevenson)
Without a doubt Poelart’s signature dish is the Meli Melo – upwards of 25 different types of vegetables arranged carefully on a big white plate. No other word to describe this but “pretty”. Seriously a stunning arrangement, but also just great fun on the palate. Some things are steamed, others sautéed, they’re boiled, pureed and dehydrated. Blobs of raspberry, chunks of broccoli, gingerly placed herbs and the odd flower.
Cray dish. (Photo: Kate Stevenson)
You’ll get the option of including two cray dishes in your five courses (we took it up at $20 extra per head), the bisque is quintessentially French – dark and rich, with soft baby leeks, and sweet marron meat. The second instalment was the marron tail, served with a cauliflower puree, potato, pickled grapes.
Forest floor. (Photo: Kate Stevenson)
There was some succulent beef in there too, but it was hard afterward to talk about anything but dessert. Staff generously brought us two different options for variety’s sake – certainly the cheesecake with tart plum sorbet, berries and beet meringue was a joy, but nothing would compare to the wonder that was “The Forest Floor”. Straight out of a Tim Burton film, it was a storybook on a plate. Chocolate soil, almond dust, sorrel granite, and chocolate ganache form the vegetation which grows underneath the main attraction mushroom of meringue stem and perfectly shaped hazelnut parfait “cap”. As fun as it was delectable.
The Brooks menu changes regularly, which I love, and you can book which makes them even more likeable.
It ain’t cheap, the $80 a head creeps up if you choose the cray and add a dish like the stunning potato with smoked hens yolk that we devoured, then include some wine. But, this is seriously impressive food, right up there with some of the best offerings in Melbourne, and definitely worthy of a special occasion.
Brook's basement might be pricey but that could be a bonus of sorts! At least you wouldn't have to run into those people who do the irritating ads and in-your-ear-drums voiceovers for the Pancake Parlour too many times a day on 3AW! Includes that harping nephew and his favourite 'Aunty' - she of the raucous voice - who've taken over from the old glutton 'Harry' whom they would have had us believe literally stuffed his face breakfast, noon and night at their PP restaurants on a daily basis. Heâ??d have been so bulbous in the end he wouldnâ??t have made it up and down the Brookeâ??s stairs anyway! Good.Cathy Friday 1 February, 2013 - 3:51 PM