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Monday, 31 July 2006


For our belated anniversary dinner, on impulse, we decided to go to Libertine in South Melbourne, by the recommendation of Melbourne Citysearch. Luckily, we got the last table on Friday night.

We got lost getting there on time because I thought it was North Melbourne instead of South Melbourne. But parking was not to hard to fine either in North Melbourne.

Libertine started about two months ago, "the love child" of chef Nick Creswick (ex-Attica) and wife Zoe Ladyman, until recently sommelier at Ezard. Apparently they share a love of France, French cuisine and wine, so the direction of their own place was more or less pre-determined. The review described it has having "the interior of 19th century opulence and sensuality". I particularly like the vintage chandeliers.

Finally, somewhere that serves Cassis on the menu! I ordered my favourite drink - Cassis and Orange for appertif. We ordered the foie gras first, it came with four pieces of toasted bread not enough for the serving of foie gras but we had lovely warm bread to go with it. Not too over powering so I would definitely recommend that dish to everyone. For entrees, we went for the soup options - seafood bisque and garlic soup with truffle souffle (off the Degustation Menu). For mains, we had the roast duck breast with quince and chestnut, on a bed of pumpkin puree (which M loved surprisingly), eye fillet with a scoop of foie gras and slice of truffle, and a side of green salad.

While we waited for our pear and praline creme brulee, we looked around and could see that everyone was having either a special occasion or romantic dinner. I guess the place and cuisine lends itself to a quiet tête à tête meal with your love ones.

The meal was fantasticly satisfying, however my steak was well-done eventhough I asked for medium. I will have to emphasis that next time. Yes there will be a next time. Booking is essential as it is a small restaurant.

500 Victoria Street
South Melbourne
Tel: 03 9329 5228

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