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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published February 14th 2014
Great reasonably priced French Asian cuisine
Image from Blondie Bar Southbank Website

I was wandering around in the arts precinct near the National Gallery and the Melbourne Theatre Company, not wanting to spend outrageous tourist prices on lunch but still wanting somewhere nice.

It was then I stumbled on Blondie at the entrance to the Melbourne Recital Centre.

It was only 11.30 am and tables were filling fast which was a good sign. A blackboard advertised $12 for a plate of dumplings so I figured the food was probably reasonably priced.

The menu was not cumbersome (about a page or two at lunchtime) but the food could not be faulted.

My scrumptious lunch

I opted for chick pea fritters which were served with a peanut paste on a bed of tangy Asian salad with traces of chilli, honey, revitalising chopped cucumber and coriander ($16.50)

Image from Blondie Bar Southbank Website

Meals weren't huge at lunchtime but this dish was incredibly satisfying as each bite was a delight.

The food is an Asian French fusion which is an exciting duo of fine French cuisine merged with tangy exotic spices.

Lunch dishes included sweet and sour broth with hand made pork wontons ($13.90), crispy squid salad--pieces of flash fried squid on pickled cucumber served with shallots, coriander with nam jim ($16.50). Even the seemingly ordinary sounding fish burger was a beer battered fish fillet in a brioche bun with wasabi mayo, Asian herbs and a palm sugar dressing. ($15).

Image from Blondie Bar Southbank Website

I noticed quite a few people tucking into bowls of truffle fries with creamy aioli so they must have been good.

I did notice the dessert menu, which is something to look forward to next time I go there and I shall definitely make the effort and go again. The chocolate pot (signature dessert), a chocolate flower pot with chocolate mousse, cherry marshmallow and a whiskey brûlée ($17), sounded incredible.

blondie bar south bank
Might be a good excuse to come back. Image from Blondie Bar Southbank Website

Service wasn't great but then again as a recital had just finished they got pretty busy. They have an excellent wine list and there were a number of vegetarian and gluten free options clearly marked on the menu.

Being French there was also an incredible range of cheeses on the menu. Here were a few of them: delice de bourgogne a creamy cheese from Burgundy France, Shadows of Blue from Tarago River Gippsland and defendi fontina, a semi-hard, natural rind, slightly sweet, creamy flavoured cheese from Italy.

There is plenty to smack your lips about at this quaint restaurant.

While this place is fairly new it seems to be getting incredibly popular and deservedly so. As well as the good prices and wonderful food it is a hub for people after attending plays at the nearby MTC or concerts at the Recital Centre. I would therefore encourage you to make a booking.

They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the bar is open all day. They have a Happy Hour Monday to Saturday from 3pm till 7pm with $6 Coronas, $8 Kopparberg Cider, and $4 pots on tap. There is a bar menu and they make some great cocktails.

This place is quite a find in the arts tourist precinct; great food without the tourist price tags.

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Why? The food is absolutely fabulous
When: Daily, breakfast lunch and dinner
Phone: 9686 3389
Where: Melbourne Recital Centre
Cost: Lunch is around $16.50 which is cheap for such great food
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