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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Red velvet...if you please

A wee while I ago I had the immense pleasure of visiting fellow Tasmanian food blogger Steve Cumper at the Red Velvet Lounge in Cygnet, with Melbourne food blogger Ed Charles, of tomato along for the ride.

I even felt a little B grade celebrity after bumping into Rita and having my evening snapped and blogged about.

Mostly, we drank, talked, laughed and ate. I took not one single note, so I cannot tell you exactly what we ordered. Although I am hoping that Steve will be kind enough to share with you all in the comments what these dishes were, as he did cook them for us.

I do remember that we drank this beautiful D'Meure Pinot, and as Ed was the designated driver, I drank more of it. This is why I don't drive. Less driving, more drinking. The mark-up on this bottle was incredibly small.

What follows below is a collection of photographs taken of our meals. I could not fault a single one of them. But I am biased. So this is not a review, I am just sharing my experience.

This one was a surprise. There were brains involved I recall. Offal makes Ed happy.

This was my main. Slow cooked duck, so tender it fell off the bone. It pains me even now that I could only eat half of it because I eat like a girl. I would give anything for another shot at the other half...

This was Ed's dinner. Veal maybe? He only turned around for two seconds and I had nicked it for a photo. That's what happens when you eat out with other bloggers. Every man for himself.

We only asked for "some cheese." We did manage to put a fairly good dent in it, but oh my, what a lot of cheese. All Tasmanian produced, one of which was from a new producer whose name I don't recall, but I would like to find out more about her.

So there it was, my first meal at the Red Velvet Lounge. I'm very much looking forward to the next one.

The Red Velvet Lounge is fully licenced and open from 9am to 5pm 7 days a week. Breakfast until 12pm daily. Open for dinner on Friday & Saturday evenings from 6pm, bookings are advised.

24 Mary Street, Cygnet
03 6295 0466


Victor said...

I had the same duck dish last weekend and it was superb. I struggled to finish it as well, after a delicious entree of hard boiled duck egg battered and deep fried, with the yolk still runny and black pudding.

N - at least you took your camera and some photos to share. I went there to enjoy the dinner with a good friend and it was great!

steve said...

Glad you had an enjoyable experience Maggie-hopefully we'll see you again soon