Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vue de Monde takeaway breakfast

B and I enjoyed a rare child-free lunch by visiting one of Melbourne's top restaurants, Vue de Monde. The meal was amazing, but one memorable element were small brown paper bags presented to us at the door as we left, with the comment "here is your breakfast" (probably makes a little more sense when you have finished dinner rather than lunch!)

Inside each bag were a mini loaf of brioche, two eggs (Green Eggs, a brand name, not their colour), a bag of herbal tea and two cookies, plus instructions for making scrambled eggs on brioche toast, and French toast. Given that, according to the Vue de Monde website, their philosophy is "to provide a dining experience that cannot be created at home", I thought it was a nice way of them saying "you can make good food at home too". We cooked both recipes for dinner with the boys (we weren't especially hungry!!), and it was really good. A great way to end a special dining day.

For the record, the recipes were:
(nothing especially difficult)

Vue de Monde Scrambled Eggs on Brioche
Slice the brioche into [1.5cm thick] slices
Toast until golden
Crack the Green Eggs into a saucepan over medium heat with some butter and stir with a wooden spoon until thick (please don't overcook!)
Remove from heat
Season with salt and chopped chives
Place the eggs on top of the brioche
Serve with caviar or smoked salmon

Vue de Monde French Toast
Combine green eggs with 125mL milk, 60mL creme anglaise or cream, a teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon.
Slice brioche into [1.5cm thick] slices
Coat each slice in egg mix
Heat a pan over medium heat
Add a knob of butter
Gently cook the brioche slices on each side until golden brown
Serve with maple syrup.


Maxabella said...

What a lovely little touch, I just adore that unexpected attention and creativity. I'm so glad you made the most of some precious child-free time. Isn't posh dining a fabulous treat!?

_vTg_ said...

Yes, just a few hours to quietly eat a meal was a treat in itself, and then the surrounds and the food just made for an amazing experience!

ANB said...

Yummo! Had a look at their website, it looks fantastic. Did you eat something good while you were there?

_vTg_ said...

Ooohh, yeah- it was good! Had the degustation menu which I think amounted to 15 items brought out (10 official courses and 5 amuse bouche/palate clensers) My favourite was salmon which was covered with a bell jar and infused with smoke on the way to the table. Come to Melbourne and I'll provide babysitting while you dine there ;-)

ANB said...

Deal! Just not sure when. We are scheming about a trip down south but I'm not sure we are brave enough to get on a plane just yet!

_vTg_ said...

Excellent- let us know when!!

IMHO, babies are easier to fly with when they're smaller (unless they're screamy, I guess!)- ideally you just want them to feed and sleep for the whole flight (and be light to carry)!!

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