For a few months now have we talked about going to Luxembourg. No not the tiny little European country but the French restaurant on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda which was named after Le Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris. Head chef Chris Watson has teamed up with Andrew McConnell from Supernormal. The concept is very similar to Supernormal, lots of smaller dishes to share and they also offer a set menu. This time however we didn't go for the Chef's set menu but decided to pick different dished from the menu.
We started off with potato skins, whipped cod roe & avruga that came out on a little metal plate with a doily on it. Super crunchy and super delicious.
(After trying all the other courses I probably have to say this one was my favourite, I definitely want to go back and get a whole plate just for myself.)
Next up was sea bream sashimi with horseradish, buttermilk & dill. This one was prepared right in front of us as we were sitting at the kitchen counter again and could watch the chef slicing the sea bream into thin slices, preparing the dressing and grating fresh horse radish over it all. It was really nice! The dill flavour matched the horseradish and sashimi perfectly.
I have never tried foie gras before so we decided to try the foie gras parfait which was topped with madeira jelly and served with toasted brioche. It tasted like a really rich and very good paté. Really good!
After the starters we moved on to the "small plates" section and up next were diamond shell clams, pancetta, garlic & white wine. The clams were meaty and delicious, swimming in a very tasty broth that was salty yet sweet with the bacon and the wine.
We were excited about the next dish, as we had read lots of good things about it: radicchio, smoked duck breast, grape & walnut. The duck breast was pink and very tender but the best thing about it was the smokey flavour of it.
The radicchio must have been grilled which had taken away the bitterness. We polished off the whole plate, it was delicious and I can understand why people were raving about this dish, it was absolutely delicious.
The last savoury dish was the ½ roast chicken with bay leaf cream, broad beans & gizzards and a side of hand-cut chips. It was good but compared to the duck it was a bit unexciting. Don't get me wrong, it was still really good, super juicy and tender.
Now we faced the tough decision of choosing desserts. In the end we decided on the hocolate tart- baked to order with cultured crème Chantilly, a Mille-feuille with rhubarb, strawberry & hazelnut cream and also a canelé.
Oh wow, it was all soo good! The chocolate tart was chocolatey and sweet and soft inside but the slightly sour chantilly set that off beautifully.
The mille-feuille was flaky and filled with a delicious hazelnut cream, topped with marinated rhubarb and strawberries. I love the tartness of rhubarb and it was perfect in this dish.
The canelé was caramelised and very dark on the outside but soft on the inside, great combination. All three were super delicious!
I have already said to Mr L we should go back to Luxembourg on a weekly basis (I wish we could) but even though it might not be quite as regular I know that we will definitely go back soon. It's up there with my favourite restaurants in Melbourne.
Luxembourg 157 Fitzroy St St Kilda, VIC 3182 03 9525 4488