A pommy foodie (yes there is such a thing !) living in Melbourne, enjoying the best ESD on the planet - Eating, Sleeping & Drinking'.
Published May 25th 2012
Markov Place is a little secret hidden in Drummond Street Carlton. Those who live in this part of town are already in the know and will probably look at lynching me for spreading the word, but something as good as this just has to be shared.
Markov Place is a restaurant that is fast becoming an iconic feature on any serious Melbourne 'foodies' radar. But don't just take my word for it; this place has been raking in the accolades, most recently earning a 'Chefs Hat' in The Age Good Food Guide 2011/2012.
Markov Place and its funky front of house bar, Little Markov, live in a cleverly converted warehouse, With a wine and beer list that is staggering both in size and quality it has to rank as one of the best bars in Melbourne. But what really sets this place head and shoulders above the rest is a combination of three very special ingredients, great drinks, amazing food and staff who know them both and look after you, especially Kate who looked after us – well done.
So to the mouth watering review of my latest visit, a peak at the bar menu gives you a clue what awaits. No parmas here, instead you have some difficult choices to make. How about the Pork and pistachio terrine with honey pickled apple and onions jam? Or maybe shredded Aylesbury duck, ginger and pecans on gingerbread, not for you? Well perhaps the fried banana prawns; briq pastry and garlic aioli will hit the spot?
If you can tear yourself away from the bar, the restaurant is just an Aladdin's cave of yummy stuff. You have a choice of A La Carte or set menus, both offering a mind boggling selection of adventurous dishes, the difficulty is not choosing what to eat but what to leave till the next visit, no easy task believe me.
For us it was the Zucchini flowers with confit tomato and mozzarella, Cured ocean trout with potato, beetroot and fromage blanc, Pan fried scallops with black pudding and chorizo and the sensational Braised ox cheek with barley, pancetta and mustard - all for less than $70.