Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fifteen Melbourne @ Collins Street, Melbourne

Despite the not so stellar reviews about this place since it was open back in 2006, i couldn't resist trying it out. After all, i watched the original run of the Jamie Oliver series and caught the rerun of the show where we see Jamie Oliver bringing the concept to Australia; from training the chefs to finding the place. It meant something to be stepping into a place that you watched on Asian Food Channel (i know many of us wouldn't mind dining in the kitchen of Nigella)

I suppose when it came to Australia, i knew dining prices in Adelaide well enough but definitely not in Melbourne. I was flipping through the wine list and no wine came cheaper than AUD 50 and it only went all the way up. In Adelaide, any good restaurant will still offer wines from AUD 20-30. Looks like i have landed into the big city.

Flipping through the entrees, i didn't see anything that could possibly excite the palate so we zoomed onto a gnocchi, risotto and a meat dish.

The risotto was fabulous, not too creamy, cooked with zucchini (vegetable and the flowers) with two nice juicy king prawns and some shiso cress (AUD 20). The head of the prawns provided an extra layer of creamy texture to the al dente rice.

The lightest gnocchi with roasted capsicum, goats cheese, black olive poor man parmesan. The parmesan was mixed with bread crumbs which gave it a bite, the rich sauce was something you would finish it off with bread and the gnocchi was well, not too bad (AUD 20)

Finished off with a pork belly confit with cotechino sausage, celeriac remoulade, salsa verde and apple sauce (AUD 38). Theres something about proteins, the prices which are almost twice the price of pastas. The pork belly is like akin to eating siew yuk in the form of a big chunk but imagine melting fats in the middle. The accompanying apple sauce which was the sweet element and salsa verde made eating such a rich piece of meat easy. The sausage seem abit like an afterthought and the remoulade was way too salty. In any case, the waiter took it positively and kindly ask if we would like a replacement. In Malaysia, you will get a stare and maybe a grunt (as a sorry)

As we were heading to Greco for desserts, we finished off our wine and left. All in all, a place for its name and purpose, foodwise i suppose i didn't place great expectations and in return i got a good meal.

Address and contact details:

Fifteen Melbourne
Basement, 115 – 117 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
(Enter through George Parade)

Tel: +61 (3) 9639 7586

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. I suppose there are much more expensive and delicious food around Melbourne but all in all a decent experience worth trying at least once.

15 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

love the 1st shot. the risotto looks awesome - if you say it's not to stodgy then i might like it.. i don't like the really sticky sort. prawn looks lush! was it fresh?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: the prawns were fresh to the dot!

Sean said...

gosh, that seems like another sleazy back-alley entrance! the food looks mouthwatering though. i always order risotto n gnocchi before any other pasta =) but it's hard to find really good gnocchi, rite

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: wat can i say, i have the knack of finding these places!

wmw said...

How's life there? Looks great!

minchow said...

Baffles me why wining in a restaurant in Melbourne has to be triple, quadruple of the price elsewhere. Explains why as a student, I drank at home. A LOT.

Sue said...

You should try Il Solito Posto right opposite Fifteen as well... love their pastas, they change their specials menu very often... I loved it four years ago..and I still love it when I went back last April..
=)

qwazymonkey said...

I didn't get to try this the last time I was there cos all my travel companion heard not so good reviews about the place.

But agreed that one can find something good and enjoyable, if expectations were low or non-existent to begin with

mh said...

I've been waiting for the review...and you did the picture good justice...whatever you did with it! Lovely meal......

too bad there's no picture of the Fox Creek sparkling shiraz from McLaren Vale....

J said...

Want to try this place one day. :)
(But gosh, the wine is so expensive!)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: haha if u convert, thats the price we pay in malaysia, welcome to the world of expensive wines!

mh: haha i wonder if we even finished it u knw..

qm: yeah after i tried it, i heard of the not so good reviews..

sue: got it!

min: me too

wmw: havent gone just yet.

daphne said...

i am heading to mel in april and possibly later in the year so this is one that i am going to add to my list for sure!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: dont put too much hope though!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Had the pleasure of dining at Jamie's Italian in the UK, and was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. I like his recipes...hearty, wholesome and no-nonsense kind of food.

loh said...

ll: well his style rubs off here. the pasta are wholesome and full of flavour.