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Fabulous Fine Food Restaurant

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by Alison Drew-Forster (subscribe)
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Published October 21st 2012
A restaurant that lives up the name - Fabulous Fine Food
Outside Fabulous Fine Foods
Yes, that's right, in McKinnon.

Despite spending the last decade or so living approximately 10 minutes away from McKinnon, the only thing I knew about the suburb was that it was home to an extremely well regarded secondary school. The kind of top-notch public school that causes house prices to over-inflate in the surrounding tightly held school zone.

And until last Saturday night, I cannot recall ever making any actual forays into McKinnon's streets.

But lured by our friend's promise of a truly memorable dining experience, off to McKinnon road we travelled.

Only to discover food so delicious, it really seems impossible to believe the food could be found in such a low-key, small suburban street.

The restaurant itself is not large, and basically but tastefully furnished. The walls are adorned with what I suspect is an ever evolving gallery of paintings - there was a decided green and spring-like theme to the current display.

Our waiter, who looked barely old enough to be away from his mother, was friendly and attentive, and at one stage when the air conditioner became too cold, without prompting, the gregarious host came to my rescue and turned down the chill. All the better to show off a strapless springtime frock.

A peek inside

The real star of the night however had to be the menu. Not only was it delicious, but these were no gourmet-size servings which leave you hungry.

For entrée, the husband and I shared a fried lemon pepper calamari salad, which was soft and silky to taste - the way calamari should be. Our friends shared the chicken liver and drambuie pate, which was so large we had to help them finish it - and were very glad we did.

If we thought the entrees were generously portioned, we were blown away by the size of the main meals. I habitually order salmon when I dine out - on holidays recently, I went for a record consecutive four days of choosing salmon.

My sesame-crusted salmon from FFF was not only one of the largest servings ever placed in front of me, but, was original enough to renew my waning love affair with the oily fish.

The Asian salad with miso glaz the salmon was perched on was divine, and again too large to finish.

Other main meals our group enjoyed were the grilled Marrakesh lamb loin on a quinoa bed, and a special of the day - twice roasted duck breast.

Even our side orders of roquette and fennel salad with goat's cheese, and buttered brocolini, were delectable.

After such filling main meals, we sat and enjoyed our second bottle of Running with the Bulls Tempranillo (red wine), but eventually could resist no longer and so ordered a special of the day dessert.

The cheesecake was once again huge - but so mouth-wateringly smooth, we polished it off in record time.

We ended up being the last ones to leave the restaurant - at only 11pm. Perhaps then this is the downside of dining in a quiet suburban street.

Yet there was no doubting as we exited the building that we were well and truly happy, sated, customers.

Who will be taking that 10-minute drive again very soon.
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Why? The name says it all - Fabulous Fine Food.
When: Tuesday - Saturday 12noon to 10pm
Phone: 03 9578 2238
Where: 161 McKinnon Road, McKinnon
Cost: Expect to pay around $180 a couple for similar meal
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