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I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation from a colleague to attend the Australian Open Women’s tennis final at Melbourne Park a few weeks ago. We stopped in at Taxi Dining Room at Fed Square for a five-course tennis degustation menu, especially designed to get diners in and out of the restaurant in time for the main match.

Taxi Dining Room describes its cuisine as ‘Japanese fusion’ – it’s not cheap but the quality of the ingredients is excellent and the service outstanding. The five-course degustation was $110 per person. It sounds overwhelming but the portion sizes are smaller, which means that you get a taste of everything without feeling too full. Here are some pics of what we ate – take note of the gorgeous crockery!

Yellowfin tuna sashimi with spring onion and caviar

Beef gyoza with picked cucumber garnish (note: there is no photo of this – I ate it before my friend could whip the camera out!)

 

Fillet of Atlantic salmon with sorrel & King prawn salad, shellfish dressing

Crispy Szechwan duck with lime pickle, Vietnamese salad & sesame tamarind sauce

Peach souffle with white chocolate centre and peach sorbet

 This was the second time I have been to Taxi and once again, it was simply magnificent. One thing about Taxi is that all the dishes are fairly simple concepts, but they are lifted by a sensational sauce or a deliciously refreshing salad. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion, especially the set menu as it allows you to try a variety of dishes selected by the chef to ensure that they complement each other perfectly. Make sure to get a table with a view of the Yarra River!

For further information and bookings, check out www.transporthotel.com.au

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Between Christmas parties, birthday lunches and catching up with friends, I’ve been eating out a lot over the past few months! Check out my top picks while I head to the gym to burn off some excess calories:

Red Spice Road

www.redspiceroad.com

27 McKillop Street, Melbourne

Go there for: An upmarket south-east Asian dining experience that provides sensational value for money.

My favourite: The lunch banquet – $30 for five different dishes  to share (I had the pork belly, thai beef salad, barramundi curry, prawns and tofu), accompanied by steamed jasmine rice and an appetiser of betel leaf with shredded chicken, chilli and kaffir lime. Delicious!

Picture courtesy of www.thatsmelbourne.com.au

Tazio

www.tazio.com.au

66 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Go there for: Undoubtedly the best wood-fired pizzas in town! Get a table outside so you can people-watch on Flinders Lane.

My favourite: The Marostica pizza – olives, sausage, pesto and vine-ripened cherry tomatoes (see pic below). I’ve never bothered to order anything else!

 

La Camera

www.lacamerasouthgate.com

Mid Level, East End, Southgate

Go there for: Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, hearty Italian food and beautiful views of the Yarra River from the balcony.

My favourite: The La Camera risotto – bacon, mushrooms, spinach, pesto, tomato and parmesan with a touch of cream. I also like the $10 lunch specials!

Picture courtesy of www.yourrestaurants.com.au

No.35

http://www.sofitelmelbourne.com.au/cpa/htm/htm_bar_dining.asp?page_id=16

Level 35, 25 Collins Street

Go there for: Spectacular views of the city, great food and excellent  service.

My favourite: The $59 Christmas buffet – I took full advantage of the carvery (cider glazed ham and stuffed turkey) and tried out every miniature pudding, cake and mousse on the dessert cart!

Picture courtesy of Tourism Victoria