It has been a looooong week. Whew. The boy and I have been criss crossing the city all weekend and we just happened to be in Alexandria when we spotted The Grounds but alas! The crowds! The hordes of humans! Instead, we turned the corner and nabbed a table at Vicinity (90-96 Bourke Rd and Cnr Collins St, Alexandria) which was just as packed but lady luck was shining and a table had just left.
It was super late in the arvo but we just managed to place our order with the kitchen before they closed and first up is the Sticky Beef Ribs ($14) which was so freaking tender and just straight up awesome that I’m drooling at the very thought of how delicious it was. Like seriously, my stomach was all like, ‘hot damn I want more.’ Followed by ‘I wonder how much I can eat before Noods notices..’ All the flavours were just balanced, from the fresh slivers of apple to the ridiculously crisp potato wafer and the irresistibly moreish slab of meat with just the right amount of fat to flesh ratio. Did I mention how much I love coriander? Oh and puffed rice?
I couldn’t resist ordering the Pork Scratchings ($6.60) envisioning golden curls of porkilicious crackles and while tasty they weren’t quite what I had imagined and oddly felt like a healthier version. But they were still good! Esp with beer!
Chicken Liver Parfait ($14) is always a must-order on my personal hit list of all time favourite foods and it did not disappoint. Perfectly smooth and rich, the serving of parfait was pretty much spot on with the amount of seeded bread provided even with my overly generous inch thick schmears.
The Whole Flounder ($22p.p), was impressive in presentation and tasted every bit as delicious as it looked. Noods was overjoyed with the amount of clams and mussels scattered about while I had fun sneakily stealing the shreds of speck and scooping out spoonfuls of delicate fish. Unfortch by the time we made it through our food we missed out on ordering dessert but it was a great meal and I know where we’ll be again this weekend 😛