Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Point - Albert Park - review

Name: The Point

Albert Park Lake
Aquatic Dr
Albert Park 3206 VIC
(03) 9682 5566

Food: French, Modern Australian and Steak
Average price: Entree: $22-$40, Mains: $36-$78, Dessert: $11-$24
Degustation menu: 8 courses, $110
Degustation with matching wines $165

Complimentary:  Bread and butter

The olive roll was so hard I almost had to use my teeth to tear it. The rosemary roll after it though was lovely.

Avocado and radish

Acidic palate cleanser

We ordered: Entree: Soft poached egg, polenta, truffle, brioche crumbs - $27

Really lovely, simply, satisfying dish. A great mix of peasant and luxury ingredients. Yum.

The Point charcuterie board $35

Mr.M enjoyed the selection.

Main: Butternut pumpkin, taleggio and cauliflower tian $36

My first impression of this dish was 'Wowza, salty!' This was too salty to be able to enjoy the subtler flavours, even the sweet pumpkin was washed away.

Onkaparinga Valley venison, chestnuts, $48

Side: Autumn mushrooms, $11
Italian parsley and black garlic

I didn't care for these at all, to me they were quite bland.

Honey glazed heirloom $10
carrots and pine nuts

I found the flavouring strange and uncomplimentary to the carrots.

Dessert: Spiced gingerbread pudding, warm quince, caramel ice cream and thyme $18

A lovely moist cake strong in spice with sweet poached quince and a soft ice cream. I would have liked the quince a little less sweet so that it could break through the heady spice a little more but all in all it was pleasant.

Apple and cinnamon souffle, pastry crisps and yoghurt sherbet $18

The first bite of this was heavenly. Gorgeous fruity apple with warm cinnamon atop a cloudlike tower. Unfortunately as you travelled deeper into the souffle it became rather slimy and tasted only of eggwihte which I found unpleasant and odd considering how lovely the top was.
The yoghurt sherbet was delightful, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Cost: $193 for two entrees, two mains, one side and two desserts.

Service: OK. The waiters were attentive but the food took a while to be served despite the restaurant being at half capacity.

Atmosphere: All about the view. We went at night so the view was a little less spectacular. The decor is very neutral with just some twig-lights as an accent. The restaurant was only 1/3full so it was very quiet and subdued.

Parking: Ample onsite parking, but the road you need to turn onto is hard to spot at night.


Hours: Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-late

Would I return: Yes.

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