Provenance Food & Wine

288 smith st
Collingwood, 3066
(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. =(

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  • Food RATING scale

    Unpleasant: damn upset my desire to eat

    Average: palatable but many shortcomings

    Yummy: a pleasant experience

    Yummy +1: mouth-watering like rain

    Yummy +2: exquisite flavours that hit all the right notes

    Divine: sheer culinary perfection!

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