Provenance Food & Wine
288 smith st
(03) 8415 0700
Warm candle-lit ambience with very high-airy ceilings. It was pretty quiet for a Sunday night at 7pm, but did bring in a few more tables later.
Charcuterie: nicely crackled pork belly was all juicy and crispy at the same time. The almonds & olives helped cut through the salt & fat in the other meat selections. Note: seems like cured meats are a little too salty for my Asian palate.
Duck & pork terrine: poorly unified terrine that fell apart too easily upon cutting. It showcased strong flavours from the prosciutto & pork aspects; but there didn’t seem to be any trace of the duck. There were also condiments of rosemary infused olive oil & truffle infused salt, were interesting on paper but given the petite amount given, it really didn’t add any flavour component.
Enoki mushroom crepe: was a novel, but fairly disappointing experience of semi-blanched enoki & egg crepe, paired with an oyster sauce that overpowered the subtle flavours.
Porterhouse steak: cooked to a very tender medium rare, accompanied by a lickable mashed potato. It was a tad under seasoned.
Seafood bouillabaisse: refreshing fish broth of pippies, mussel, cubes of fish red & white (salmon & ?monkfish). Although the broth was probably too clear to resemble traditional French bouillabaisse, it still resonated heaps of lip smacking flavours and homely comfort. =)
Pan fried ocean trout & wilted vegetables – crisp well seasoned skin & soft flesh, nice!
Rating: Yummy. Could potentially be Yummy+1 or more, given how well the mains were delivered, but entrees could’ve been executed better. The waiter was knowledgeable + attentive! $ – fairly good value for money
P.S. sorry about the horrendous photos. =(