02 Apr Italian Yum Cha – The Grand Richmond
The Melbourne Food and Wine festival is in full swing, with The Grand Richmond hosting Italian Yum Cha. Imagine small plates of delectable Italian dishes served in Yum Cha portions. I promise, there will be no unusual fusion dishes, aka bolognese dumplings. Instead of asian ladies pushing around trolleys, diners will select their desired dishes, on a ‘tick-box’ style menu. 10 courses of small-plates are made-to-order, served with matching cocktails and/or teas. Originally planned for two weekends – the unique experience has been expanded to all weekends for the month of April. It sounds like a crazy idea, but it makes perfect sense. Smaller portions = more food to try. All aboard the Italian Yum Cha train!
Owner Bernie Bouchaud embraces new ideas to present Italian cuisine. “The Kitchen beats with an Italian Heart” says The Age Good Food Guide, earning The Grand Richmond, the coveted chef hat, eleven years in a row. Deviating from the stereotype of pasta and pizza, lavishes of comfort and authentic Italian flavour, hug the tastebuds. It’s inconspicuous appearance says ‘the ol’ local pub’, but the food is anything but. The Como room is adorned with red – a colour that symbolises good luck and happiness for the Chinese. Red tablecloths, red cocktails, red lanterns and for the pre-launch a traditional lion dance. Is this lunch or Chinese New Year? My traditional Chinese Mum would’ve been proud.
Dishes are by-and-large faultless, executed with restraint. Slivers of swordfish carpaccio, dressed in smoked tomato and lemon oil – cleanse the palate. Superb handmade pumpkin tortellini is silky smooth and served in an espresso cup. Instead of espresso, you’ll find a heavenly burnt butter sauce. Crispy pork suckling croquettes arrive in little steamers. Dessert is bombolini doughnuts, pipped with creme pasticerra and caramelised figs with pink pepper ice cream. The Grand Richmond has been on our ‘ to-do’ list for years. It seems we have been missing out all this time. Exemplary food, professional service and a fun Italian Yum Cha experience – means we’re new fans of The Grand. Lunches are selling fast, make sure you book!
Swordfish Carpaccio w/ Smoked tomato, Lemon Oil
Zucchini Flower Fritti
Suckling Pig Croquettes w/ Lentils, Dijon Mustard
Prawn Risotto w/ Basil, Preserved Lemon
Caramelised Figs w/ Pink Pepper ice cream, Rhubarb
Bombolini w/ Creme pasticerra, Toffee ice cream
Hungrycookie dined courtesy of the The Grand Richmond. All opinions are strictly my own.
The Grand Richmond
333 Burnley St