Out at Mitcham. This place is hard to get into, so it's one of the few places I'd recommend booking for.
w. baked polenta, roasted eggplant purée, kohlrabi and chermoula.
Before ordering, I check to see if this meal is infested with coriander. Luckily it isn't.
The lamb shoulder here is a but like a lamb pie. It has a fair amount of flavour, and is very soft, but without the "slow-cooked" taste. The yellow strands on top are kohlrabi, apparently a cultivar of cabbage. The strands taste slightly pickled, and that pleasant but faint flavour is the only flavour they really add.
The peripheral sauces here are a bit hard to know what to do with. The eggplant purée has a slight curry taste, but the thick brown sauce is sticky and tastes like it dripped from cooking skin. Turns out it's a beef jus.
I mop up these sauces with the last of my tasty lamb.
The polenta brick at the left is a big slab of grainy mush, as polenta usually is, but the spicy tomato garnish makes it much tastier.
w. mascarpone, banana ice cream and pecan praline.
I dig into the banana tart, and uncover more banana. I keep digging, and it's all banana! Some caramel does ooze out, but other than that, this is just a crust filled with nothing but slices of banana. The crust is nice and crunchy, and banana and caramel are a nice combination, bit this still isn't really a tart.
The double cream atop the tart isn't really needed here, given the presence of the much stronger caramel.
I try combining all six ingredients here, but I get the feeling the tart and the ice cream are supposed to be eaten separately.
The banana ice cream has a real, mild banana taste, not the fake kind in typical banana ice cream, but it needed to be combined with something stronger than the sugary praline crumble.