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Libertine, North Melbourne

2010 May 10

Excuse me while I tidy up around here….ooh, look at that! A Melbourne post!

One of the dates I was most looking forward to on my recent jaunt down south, was my dinner catch up with the delightful @InjeraRufus and Co. We had met when @InjeraRufus had come to visit Sydney where we bonded over Plan B Wagyu burgers.

There were so many restaurants I wanted to visit while in Melbourne but couldn’t make them all in the limited time we had. On the list and universally suggested was French Dining Room, Libertine in North Melbourne.

This gorgeous, very old school bolthole, was beautifully warm and cosy on this slightly chilly evening…

As we settle in, we’re served a trio of amuses bouche: Olives and Caperberries, Terrine du Jour and Ocean Trout Gravlax

The menu is simple and direct, with some amazing sounding ingredients…The baked langoustines immediately caught my eye; served with sugar snaps and sweet corn basil soup..

This dish was creamy, sweet and warm, contrasting stunningly with the freshness of the peas…I practically licked the plate clean..

And here’s where I lose the plot: Can’t remember what this was as we mostly dined off the specials menu..I can tell you it has scallops in it!

Darling Boyfriend, who only eats beef went for the classic of steak, in this permutation, grass fed scotch fillet with Grand-Mere Garni & Sauce Bordelaise. After the bacon was picked off, he ate it with gusto. Please excuse the blurriness of this picture.

Another mystery dish; meat, of some kind…I’m sorry I didn’t blog this earlier. Hoping the good folk of Libertine might remember what was on the menu? I think it was the Fawn special.

I had partridge with game pie…

I was expecting the partridge to be a lot gamier than it was, but it was delicate and succulent. The game pie? Wow, the shortest pastry and the richest filing combined to leave me gobsmacked. Literally. So beautifully executed. So rich and so moreish. Perfect Autumn/Winter comfort food.

After an appropriate amount of time has passed we order dessert: chocolate pavé for the boy and for me, Calvados Crème and Earl Grey sorbet for me! You also have to check out the “liquid dessert” section of the menu 😉

After the richness of my meal this dessert was surprisingly light, with the Earl Grey sorbet providing a cleansing hit to the palate after the insanely buttery pastry. The calvados crème reminded me of Mark Best’s Sauternes custard…so silky, creamy and light. I could’ve eaten this forever. If I hadn’t been so full!

I need to thank our dinner companions, the gorgeous and delightful @InjeraRufus and husband who made our dinner date so fantastic and suggesting Libertine amongst the maze of Melbourne restaurants to choose from.

Libertine French Dining
500 Victoria Street
North Melbourne
03 9329 5228
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  1. May 10, 2010

    lol the stormtrooper doesnt eat bacon?
    .-= chocolatesuze´s last blog ..adriano zumbo’s 2010 winter collection macarons [22] =-.

  2. May 10, 2010

    @ChocolateSuze Heh, Stormtrooper says pigs in space is the muppets not starwars 😉

  3. May 11, 2010

    Oh, I’ve never been to Libertine, it all looks utterly delicious!! And that dessert, Earl Grey sorbet with Calvados cream, double yum…
    .-= Myriam @ Detours´s last blog ..Mytinerary ‘Green with Envy’ tours at Sydney International Design Festival 2010 =-.

  4. May 11, 2010

    Oooh I love Libertine. It’s such a comfortable and warm space, with friendly service. I felt really cosseted there. It’s such a perfect cool weather restaurant… must plot another visit!
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Mothers’ Day Feast: Wild mushroom tarts =-.

  5. May 11, 2010

    I have a whole folder of pics of food I have taken but cannot remember the names of the dishes 🙂

    Those langoustines look like they would have prompted me to (nearly) lick the plate too!
    .-= Joanne @ secondhelping´s last blog ..Cookbook Challenge Week 23 ~ Leaf =-.

  6. Dan Coward permalink
    May 11, 2010

    Loved my lunch there a week or so after you. Had that scallop dish with the amazing orange goo, followed by the partridge. I agree with you in that it was surprisingly un-gamey, but the pie more than made up for any disappointment there. Don’t know if it is common practice but we BYO’d wine and drank some stunners – Bollinger and Dujac went beautifully with the food. Think I had some Madeira to finish…and a little snooze in the car!

    I once gave a Best Man’s speech in the upstairs restaurant for my mate Tom’s wedding reception. 18 minutes long according to the people running a book on it…

  7. May 11, 2010

    Well what do you know. I just saw the scallop dish on another blog ( They are Hervey Bay Scallops with a forest mushroom ragout apparently!
    .-= Joanne @ secondhelping´s last blog ..Cookbook Challenge Week 23 ~ Leaf =-.

  8. May 11, 2010

    That dessert looks divine. I’m a big fan of Marque’s Sauternes custard and if this compares, it must be delicious!
    .-= Gourmantic´s last blog ..The Chef’s Table: Bocca di Lupo, London =-.

  9. May 12, 2010

    Awww, the earl grey sorbet looks like a little angel!
    .-= mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog ..Epicure Recipe Card #1: Salmon & Avocado Tartare =-.

  10. May 17, 2010

    Ooh. I was recommended Libertine the last time I was in Melbourne, but unfortunately never made it there. So good to see this post and your take on the food. Wanting desperately to try their pastry! Looks like I’ll have to keep it high on the places to check out on my next Melbourne trip.
    .-= Forager´s last blog ..Touring the Salt Flats in Uyuni, Bolivia =-.

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