Saturday, 16 June 2012
Post Office Hotel - Middle Eastern fine dining
Cindy and Michael's post on their visit around the same time.
This peek into the bar menu demonstrates that this is no ordinary pub grub. Nor is it the Middle Eastern cuisine that is usually served along the Sydney Road cafe strip. The chef, Troy Payne, was Greg Malouf's protege. He brings a creative and modern twist to the dishes.
When I said I was vegetarian, our waitress was really helpful and suggested a green pea and fig tagine with goats cheese (not on the menu). We ordered this alongside a baked half butternut pumpkin with a silverbeet, cashew and feta custard in the hollow where the seeds were. It was topped with a salad of black olive, balsamic molasses, honey and chive dressing. I found the feta custard really strong but fortunately we also ordered a Baby King Edward potato turlu-turlu. It was a lovely comforting dish of soft potato chunks with huge green olives. A great balance of flavours. I also enjoyed the complimentary bookends to the meal - a starter of cress, chevre and pineut soup in a shot glass and a baklava to finish on a perfect note.
The cheese was Pecorino and the relish was a home made quince paste. The cheese was too strong for me and I needed some crackers to eat with it. The quince paste was soft and spreadable like a jam. It was delicious but no match for the cheese. Beside these were baklava (E's favourite), Turkish delight (quite firm) topped with a Persian fairy floss, grapes, mangosteen and chocolate fondants. I loved it all. Even the Mangosteen, which I have never tasted before. Best of all were the gorgeous chocolate fondants decorated with petals and pistachios. They were too rich for E. I was sorry they were more custardy than gooey but the hibiscus infused barberry jam on top of them was amazing.
The Post Office Hotel
231 Sydney Road
Coburg VIC 3058
Tel: (03) 9386 5300