Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Spice Market

Once again thanks to Cudo we had the opportunity to try out Spice Market. Spice Market is situated on Hindley Street where Rockford Hotel is. On a cold winter's night it was nice walking into a warm room with a fire to make it cosier. Red and black is clearly their decor theme. The place was rather modern and nicely set out. There is also an open outdoor area for those who like to bask in the summer sun. Our waiter for the night was Woo and he provided incredibly good service. 

I can remember reading the menu and wanting to order everything on it. Spice Market offers Asian-Australian fusion food which I love. After a long struggling period of trying to decide what to order (since I can only choose 1), I decided to start with "Ocean and Earth". A dish of crispy skinned pork belly with local king prawns and a wakami salad (Japanese seaweed salad). It was a beautiful dish. Crispy crackling, melt in your mouth pork and fresh prawns. The flavours just worked.  It was just a little touch too salty for my liking but I am fussy with my salt.

Ocean and Earth
Next for our mains we had the 'House made Gnocchi with wild mushrooms, choy sum, spring onion, fresh chili and a five spice infused cream sauce topped with shaved parmesan'. For an extra $3 you can have pork belly and daikon with it. The Gnocchi was up there with one of the best I've had; soft, fluffy, light, heavenly pillows. The sauce was interestingly tasty and the flavours once again worked well.

House made Gnocchi
Carl ordered their "Scotch Fillet special" which is Chimichurri marinated Gippsland Scotch Fillet with grilled prawns and crispy prosciutto served on a Malaysian potato salad finished with a creamy garlic sauce. It was an excellent dish albeit the richness. It was a beautiful piece of steak cooked to perfection. Every element on the plate was delicious.

Scotch Fillet special
By this stage we realized we had to try their dessert. Will it be perfect conclusion to the night or a let down? We ordered "Strawberries Romanoff" and "Coconut & Pandan Créme Brûlée"

Well, well. Desserts were just as good. The strawberries were marinated in cointreau and served on chantilly cream and white chocolate tuille. It was pleasant to eat. The Coconut & Pandan Créme Brûlée was served with a caramelized fig and coconut ice cream. A light tap of the spoon, *crack*, taste...........there was silence. In fact there was very little talking through dessert. Overall a very enjoyable meal made better by excellent service. 

P/S: I apologize for the quality of some of the pictures as lighting was rather dim.

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