PapaGoose

91-93 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, 3000
03 9663 2800

Normally I would not be able to enjoy the luxuries of having lunch in the city mid week. But being rostered on for weekends, this was my chance to indulge in a $30 lunch special including mains, sides of mash or salad, glass of wine and tea or coffee. This special price is available Tuesday to Friday 12-3pm.

Bottom Right: Drinks around the table – Shiraz, pinot gris, peroni draught

The dim-ambient lighting provides a visible contrast to the brightly illuminated kitchen. If only the windows were set much lower so one can better see all the excitement behind the scenes. A rectangular spiral staircase at the rear leads up to a bar and private dining upstairs, parading a beautiful long dining table. I note also that the walls inside the WC were plastered with a soothing pattern of monotonous text, which on closer look is actually of political propaganda…

Slow roasted lamb shoulder – was the first thing that caught my eyes, no doubt a residual craving having seen but not tasted the lamb shoulder at said location. It is melt in your mouth tender, with a nutty caramelised exterior. Mmmm, too good to share! It is served with pumpkin, peas, baby carrots, dates, crunchy seeds and a stomach warming savoury stock.

Hopkins river rump – This was a ginormous hunk of steak, even for the voracious Ms SM. Unfortunately this was a slight let down compared with the lamb, being not particularly tender. It is simply seasoned, and served with a fresh selection of celeriac, savoy cabbage, watercress, radish and finished with a red wine sauce.

Huon ocean trout – the delicate pink flesh of trout alongside the citrus hues of orange are visually delightful. It is served with fennel, celery, orange and chervil.

Sides – mash potato + garden salad

With coffee still to go… ordering dessert was incredibly tempting despite being quite satisfied. So, 2 to share between 5 people surely isn’t too excessive is it?

Coffee / tea – Latte, cappuccino, piccolo latte, English breakfast tea, mocha… My latte was of decent strength, with lovely foaming.

Eskimo’s pie – being much raved about since its opening, it was definitely a must try! It comes to the table as a tower of cold blocks of ice cream stacked with chocolate wafers and a sweet toffee tuile. The waitress then pours over a small mug of hot running chocolate. Drool!!! Though the theatrics does win it some extra points, it is a little rough on the edges – tuile a little burnt, wafers a little too hard.

White chocolate pannacotta – is a smooth creamy deconstruction of vanilla pannacotta that comes without the wobbly jelly-like character of set-pannacotta. It is complemented by sour fruit elements poached, frozen in sorbet and dehydrated in a sprinkle of soil. Refreshingly delish!

Rating: yummy, almost +1. I’d return for the lamb shoulder, although I’m still pining for the lamb shoulder a few shops down at Cumulus … so maybe there first! There are a definitely a few hit and miss elements, but overall a pleasant dining experience all for $30, well not including our small splurge on dessert.

P.S. NEVER be lazy and park on street in the city on a weekday. Grrr… more expensive parking than lunch!

You may also like: Charcoal Lane, Maze, St Peter’s, Provenance food & wine.

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5 Responses to “PapaGoose”
  1. Hmm 30 dollars sound reasonable… but i wont’ be going out in a while. 😦

  2. misspinkles says:

    a great deal for only 30 bucks!
    looks super delicious!

  3. msihua says:

    $30 bucks for that? Wow.. too bad I work on the other end of the cbd 😦

  4. Ani says:

    Ok, I am totally impressed! My panini and drink at the cafe downstairs costs 14 and that’s not even made to order. Ok, lunch at Papa Goose it is! P.S. We went into the city on saturday night to try the slow roasted lamb shoulder at Cumulus…the wait was 1 hour and 45 mins for a table/stool at the bar for 2 ppl!! So ended up at MoVida instead.

  5. it sure is a bargain!!!

    ani – tsk tsk. cumulus inc u gotta rock up before 6am =P. otherwise forget about it.

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