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Progressive dinners are where you move between different restaurants for your various courses. Usually an entree, a main and a dessert so three different places.
The beauty is the added dimension this brings to a night out. Instead of experiencing just one restaurant you get to experience three. Not just the food but also the ambience, the decor, and the personality of each place.
Southgate has been offering progressive dinners for a number of years although these are usually in winter when they are trying to attract people out of their cosy homes and into the city. Click here. The new kid on the river North Wharf also started running progressive dinners this year.
But the latest is that you can now have a progressive dinner at Federation Square. There is one coming up on December the 3rd. Let's hope it becomes a regular event.
Bokchoy Tang is an upmarket stylish, restaurant which features contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine. They are known for their organic and free range ingredients and the fact that they don't use MSG.
Image Bokchoy Website
Il Pomodoro Italian offers one of Melbourne's best spots for people-watching. Not only do you get fresh produce but you are surrounded by it as they have their very own passion fruit and grape vines, tomato plants and fresh herbs.
Chocolate Buddha is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne. It has a large communal dining room where Buddha shines down on you from his important possie.
Each restaurant is offering one of its finest signature dishes and a matching drink.
At Chocolate Buddha you are met with on arrival a drink of Choya Yume Wine. This is a wine using Japanese ume (plum) fruit and it is served over ice. Your entree is Choya Prawns which are tempura king prawns served on a salad of spring leaves, apple, coriander, Tobiko, and Choy (plum wine) mayo. This is served with sparkling sake.
Image Chocolate Buddha website
The main course is at Bokychoy Tang and it is Dong Po Pork Belly which is braised pork belly with star anise, ginger, spring onion and chilli. This comes with a glass of 2010 Pfaffenheim Gewurtztraminer, Alsace France or a glass of 2011 Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz (South Australia).
Then off for dessert at Il Pomodoro where you will be served mousse al cioccolato which is a frangelico and chocolate mousse served with fresh raspberries stuffed with marscpone house-made truffles, house-made hazelnut biscotti and lemon balm. This is served with a glass of 2011 Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso DOP Marsala, Italy
At each restaurant they will also give you a special gift which will help you recreate the dishes in your own home.
At $85 a head this is not a cheap night out but for what you get including the wines it represents good value. It is also a chance to experience these three important restaurants in the heart of Fed Square.