21 November, 2014

La Svolta

To celebrate the arrival of balmy summer nights, an exciting new menu and outdoor dining terrace, I was invited to the exclusive unveiling of La Svolta’s estate Italiana all’aperto. Complete with a live Italian band playing into the evening, it was a night that excited the senses to indulge in a traditional Italian affair.

 Arancini Balls

Baby Snapper Skewers

Prosciutto with Deep Fried Pizza Dough

Pizza Porcini e Speck

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Campania

Food is genuine - their menu based on old family recipes that have been passed down through generations. The menu delights us with a mouth-watering Seared Tuna with a sesame seed crust, Baby Snapper Skewers to lip smacking Beef Carpaccio involtini with rocket, parmagiano & balsamic reduction.

The pizza ? Bellissimo. La Svolta is one of the nine places in Australia accredited by the Naples official pizza body, Associazione Versace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN). This ensures their pizzas are the best of the best, made using traditional techniques with love.

Soft, chewy and fragrant, the pizzas were the highlights of the night. The outer puffed edges are beautifully charred and the centre, molten with sauce and cheese – reminiscent of those in Naples. Toppings are minimally topped with the finest and freshest ingredients, striking a careful balance among crust, sauce, and cheese resulting in gorgeous flavours and texture to the pizza.

La Svolta's outdoor dining terrace will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday evening from 6.00pm, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy good food in the sun. Go say ciao today !

confessions of a little piggy was invited to dine as a guest of ID Collective and La Svolta

La Svolta
3-5 Cecil Place  
Prahran, VIC 3181

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15 November, 2014

Taste of Melbourne 2014 - Part II

Yup, thats right - I went back for more ! 

The launch of Taste of Melbourne on Thursday night was amazing - so amazing, and as much of a piggy I am, there is just so much one can fit in. So what did I do ? Head back on Saturday with an empty stomach of course. 

Food coma and all, this post will be primarily photos - happy salivating !

Elote Callejero & Taco Al Pastor - Mamasita

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Pinchitos Morunos - MoVida

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Crispy Pigs Ear Banh Mi - Uncle

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Lobster Roll (Spicy) - Mr Claws

Claire Jr - Huxtaburger

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Pork Trotter Nuggets & Pimiento Cheese Fritters - Nieuw Amsterdam

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Sher Wagyu F1 Rib - Brooks

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Raspberry and Pistachio Frangpane Tart - Dish'd

What: Taste of Melbourne 2014
Where: Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake
When: Thursday November 13 - Sunday November 16, 2014


14 November, 2014

Taste of Melbourne 2014 - Part I

Oh boy, where do I even begin ?

Let's start at the Platinum Lounge, where I had the pleasure to attend the Taste of Melbourne Gala Evening. Oh the VIP lifestyle, yes I could get used to this. Here we mingled, snacked on mouth-watering canapés and sipped on Paul Louis bubbly (Fiji water for the responsible drivers!).

So aside from living it up, we were here for a reason - to celebrate the Best in Taste awards and honour the top signature dishes of the festival.

Winners for Taste of Melbourne 2014 were:

Pope Joan – “Mr Wilkie” (Smoked yoghurt soft serve ice cream, raspberry compote, freeze dried raspberries & pistachios)

1st Runner Up:
B'stilla – “BBQ Octopus, Tahini Remoulade, Herbs” (Twice cooked octopus, tahini & caper sauce, lemon)

2nd Runner Up:
Uncle – "Crispy Pigs Ear Banh Mi" (Crispy pigs ear bang mi with pickles and peanuts)

Honourable mention:

Best Dressed:


Lobster Roll (Spicy)

First thing first was Mr Claws. Here we salivated over their signature dish, the Lobster Roll. Think succulent chunks of sweet lobster fused with siracha mayo, all sandwiched between a toasted toll - buttery, soft and oh so fluffy. Hell, the roll itself had already won me over.  

Soft Shell Crab Souvlaki

From Gazi, we enjoyed their Soft Shell Crab Souvlaki - the pillowy soft bread, the satisfying crunch and sweetness of the honey soft shell crab, the silky mayo to the freshness of the mint and coriander. Tell me, how can you possibly say no to those sexy crab legs ?

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Mr Wilkie

And how could we not try the winner of the Best in Taste 2014. The smoothest and creamiest smoked yoghurt soft serve ice cream topped with freeze dried raspberries & pistachios. What an absolute treat for the tastebuds. I'm really loving this whole savoury ice cream business. First Brooks, now Pope Joan, you guys are really onto something magical here.

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Elote Callejero

Taco Al Pastor

Or course, we also had to have Mamasita's corn and tacos. These foods, I could never get sick of. I could have sat there the whole night eating the corn alone.

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confessions of a little piggy was invited to attend the Taste of Melbourne Gala Evening as a guest of Hot House Media & Events

What: Taste of Melbourne 2014
Where: Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake
When: Thursday November 13 - Sunday November 16, 2014