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Union Dining

Kingfish Carpaccio with pickled baby beetroots, capers & crema fresca

Adding to the ever-growing list of classy restaurants that are cropping up in Richmond of late is Union Dining. It’s taken over the site of Laikon, the former Greek restaurant on Swan Street. The transformation of the heritage listed building (which, incidentally, is named Union House) feels quite Italian, if only due to the similar decor and style it shares (sans tablecloths) with another great Richmond restaurant, Church Street Enoteca.

The restaurant, or “provincial European dining experience with contemporary Melbourne class”, is headed up by Adam Cash – restaurant manager, formerly of Cutler & Co and Ezard, and Nicky Reimer – the head chef, formerly of Melbourne Wine Room.

Noir Is The New Black

Ocean Trout cured in Hendricks Gin with Cucumber, Juniper and Rose

Almost overnight, in the space where the once excellent coffee focused cafe Flavours of Lakhoum used to be, a suave new restaurant called Noir appeared. With virtually no media attention at all, hardly any reviews on the web, and only about 3 weeks of being in operation, it’s 35 – 40 seats have pretty much been booked solid all weekend. Quite impressive – such is the power of Word Of Mouth.

Peter Roddy, who has worked at many restaurants across the globe, including Gordon Ramsay’s ill-fated Amaryllis in Dublin, and Michael Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche in London, is the Chef and owner. He has created a nice little space, the black (noir) walls and polished wooden tables giving it a classy, distinctly Richmond kind of feel.

When Restaurants Go Mad – Pearl and the iPad Menu

Pearl Restaurant, one of the best dining experiences in Melbourne, has perhaps lost the plot – and it’s not the chef that is to blame.

I read an article in The Australian that Chris Lucas, the new owner of Pearl since last year, has spent an astonishing $40,000 on five months worth of software development costs for what can only be described as gimmickry.

They are replacing the traditional paper menu’s with iPads. Oh how Steve Jobs will rejoice. $40,000 is a lot of money in the restaurant world. It’s enough to pay a waiter for a whole year. That’s not including the cost of the iPads, which are currently $629AUD each for the cheapest model. Apparently, they will only have 15 of them – at an additional cost of $9,435.