5.340 Fried Cauliflower, Chilli, Coriander

Cycle 5 – Item 340

11 (Thu) December 2014

Fried Cauliflower, Chilli, Coriander

4.0

at The Bistro

(The Village)

-Windsor, Melbourne, Australia-

with meeting participants

Mission to Australia (Day 6)

In Melbourne.  Here to participate in a “Training of Trainers” workshop organized by The McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer to develop capacity-building programs for government officials towards strengthening their national legal frameworks on NCD risk factors.

DINNER

The Village is an English-style traditional social club.  Comprises a handful of structures and facilities, all within the same compound.  The Bistro, offering modern Australian English fare, is a pub.

Drinking Australian, as suggested.

The McCabe Centre graciously invited the participants of the workshop to dinner at The Village, located a few blocks away.

6+ Marble Score Wagyu Rump (3.0): don’t know what possessed me to order another steak after 3 consecutive dinners consisting of various grilled animal.

The food was quite good overall.

One standout dish was the fried cauliflower.  No apparent coating or breading, just deep-fried and lightly seasoned, topped with deep-fried coriander and fresh chopped chilies.  The texture was awesome: crispy on the outside, firm yet tender on the inside – the best cauliflower that I’ve ever experienced.  Perfection.

HOTEL

Though I’d chosen my accommodation based solely on its proximity to the McCabe Centre, where the workshop is being held, Tolarno Hotel turned out to be an excellent choice for food, situated right smack in the middle of the St Kilda bar/restaurant district, a couple blocks to St Kilda Station in one direction and to St Kilda Beach in the other.

Given a choice of single rooms – when I checked in on Sunday morning, the place was mostly empty – 302 was among the least fancy in terms of amenities and layout, but it was a bright corner unit on the top floor.
With so many eateries in walking distance, I didn’t need to use the kitchenette even once.

In stark contrast to the nondescript exterior, the walls within are decorated with oversized original paintings, mostly modern, mostly macabre.

MIDNIGHT SNACK

The third kebab wrap since I’ve been here.  I’m trying to think if there’s a better drunk snack than a kebab wrap.

(See also BOOZE)

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN AUSTRALIA)

(See also DUTY TRAVEL)

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