Cafe Vue (red box March 2008 edition)

340 Little Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9691 3899
I’m aiming to have Cafe Vue‘s Red Lunchbox every month as a treat seeing as it’s the only thing produced from Shannon Bennett’s kitchens that I can afford at the moment. Today I went to grab box in anticipation of what March’s menu had to offer:

I couldn’t be bothered taking detailed pictures but as you can see, I got a whole bunch of stuff. That thing that looks like a scone is the pork pie which you’re supposed to eat with the pea and mint veloute (which is the green stuff in the little test tube thingy on the left). Even though the “pie” was only slightly bigger than your standard fish and chip shop dimmy, it was rather filling. I was glad that the pork didn’t stink up my bag as I was walking back from Cafe Vue to Lonsdale Street either unlike those times I had to carry banh mi (Vietnamese pork rolls) from Footscray back to the city and everyone around me on the train kept giving me greasies. Anyway, the pork was very lean without any traces of fat, it seemed. And much more satisfying than a greasy dim sim.

Then you have the tomato and feta salad which was served with a light tangy dressing. They used the sweetest roma tomatoes I’ve ever tasted in my life. Honestly, I don’t know whether Shannon Bennett had little fairies in the tomato section of his fridge that sprinkled the tomtatoes with magic sugar dust or whether he knew of a supplier living in rural Victoria who fed roma tomatoes with cocaine or something but feck, they were so good! The cup on the bottom right-hand corner looks like it is filled with kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) but it’s not. Rather, it’s filled with ocean trout rillette which is basically another name for pate. It was topped with beetroot jelly, something that makes me go ewww (I’m not a fan of beetroot) but I gave it a try and decided that it went really nicely with the rillette.

Finally, dessert was a prune frangipane with armagnac custard (the white test tube thingy). I wasn’t sure if I liked this one. I mean, I certainly didn’t spit it out but it was just weird having to eat frangipane on its own, which is normally used as a filling rather than a standalone dessert. It was much too rich for my liking…

I eat too much.


  1. icesabre
    March 5, 2008

    Haha, Lib, nice post, you’re keeping me occupied with procrastination when I should be studying Capital Gains for an audit I gotta do at work! Zzzzzz!

  2. David142Perry
    March 5, 2008

    Where do you get time to post all of these really really really really long entries?

  3. KeLlY_Siew
    March 5, 2008

    I would so agree with the tomato at Vue. The best tomatoes i’ve ever tasted in my entire life. There was this dish we had that had ‘dried’ tomatoes, grilled tomatoes and tomato (skin) cannelloni and they used really tiny baby tomatoes in it. OMG I couldn’t believe the richness of the flavour and the sweetness! I wonder where they source them too!

    I find Lucy liu’s character annoying but I love her outfits so much! She wears all that crazy stuff to work!

  4. fipar20
    March 6, 2008

    I’ve started getting lazy with my xanga postings now. They’re not as long as they used to be anymore.

    I’m also scurrying to get grad applications done as well, while juggling 3 other jobs that I have which is funny enough all related to my degree.

    Been eating out a lot lately huh? You’ll get through all of Melbourne’s restaurants in no time at the rate you’re going. =P


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