Sunday is a day to relax, recharge and get ready for the week ahead. Sometimes that includes scrambled eggs at home and other days it’s a 7 course degustation 89 floors in the sky.
I was lucky enough to be invited to try the new Sunday lunch at Eureka89. It made for the perfect Sunday, dining on fantastic food matched perfectly with local and international wines and views for days. We started with amuse-bouche and French champagne as a welcome, then it was onwards and upwards with 7 fantastic courses – of which I will now detail for your reading pleasure.
We started the meal with roast beetroot, whipped cherve, shaved fennel and a bright green tarragon oil. The sweet roasted heirloom beets were the perfect vessel to lap up the cherve and tarragon oil, which was fresh and herbaceous. I could have eaten with every course. Paired with a glass of Devation Road Altier Rose from the Adelaide Hills. This was a refreshing and light way to start the 7 courses.
Course number two – Potato with leek, black garlic, truffle and milk skin was my favourite course of the day. Warm earthy potato nested under a truffle infused foam and sweet black garlic made for a warming, moreish earthy dish that was full of rich savoury flavour. Paired with a Charteris Riseling ’14 from Central Otago, NZ which was fresh, full of citrus flavour and cut through the very savoury dish. Yum. Can we also talk about the view? It was breathtaking.
The next dish was a replacement dish from the normal menu – the staff at Eureka89 were wonderful to serve myself a vegetarian menu which meant for a few tweaks here and there. I had slow roasted cauliflower, heirloom carrots and a daikon puree with what I believe was carrot top dust, or seaweed dust on top. Comfort food, jazzed up. Paired with a Pino Bianco from Italy, this course reminded me of a cosy Sunday Roast.
Course number four was umami heaven. Rich and creamy lentils, cooked a la risotto style with mixed mushrooms and a muscatel jus. The lentils were cooked al dente, with a nice bite so the buttery creamy sauce could linger longer on the tongue. I ate this in no time and it’s a meal I would love to recreate at home. Paired with a Shadowfax Grenache Mondeuse ’14 from Werribee, Victoria this was a rich and luxurious dish (and I was getting really full!)
The last savoury dish was roast yams with a beetroot red quinoa, potato nest and charred onion puree. That puree, oh my. Again, this dish was full of earthy flavours and the quinoa cooked to perfection. Next on the menu was some cheese, which was gulped down without the chance for a photo – sorry guys, I can’t think straight when there is cheese in front of me.
Dessert was fantastic. On the menu, it’s simply called coconut, white chocolate, lime. It’s so much more than that! It is smooth coconut flesh rolled over a lime infused parfait (the white cylinder) with a dense lime cake, praline brittle, various delicious crumbs and a rich white chocolate sauce. Oh my. It was sweet but not too sweet, light and was paired perfectly with a dessert wine from Loire Valley, France.
The food was fantastic, the service was attentive and discreet and the view was second to none (literally – it’s at the top of the tallest building in Melbourne!). Eureka89 Sunday Degustations would be the perfect way to celebrate something special or to unwind in a serene setting with delicious food.
A few things to note. I did ask for the vegetarian version of the degustation, which meant I missed out on Octopus, King George Whiting, Spatchcock and Venison. All other elements of the meal were the same and replaced with a vegetarian option. Jackson enjoyed the usual menu and thoroughly enjoyed the food, no complaints there. We were invited to dine at Eureka89 as guests, however all opinions are entirely my own. To enquire or book Sunday Lunch at Eureka89, enquire on their website.