|a beachy feel with distressed timbers|
Mr P. and I were staying overnight with my cousin K., who suggested we try Le Feu Aspendale, in a nearby suburb. This restaurant is Vietnamese with French inspiration, and as it's in a bayside suburb, the decor has a beachy influence - distressed wood, seahorses, fish and anchors adorning the walls. Service was efficient, but not overly warm. It was a Saturday night, and they were busy (we had to go for the second sitting as the first was at 6.30pm, which was a bit early for us). When it came time for dessert, they chivvied us along and suggested we order pronto!
|fish cakes $12|
We all shared the fish cakes - four pieces for $12. They were a bit rubbery, as seems to be the norm with Asian fish cakes. They came with a very strong fish sauce. The menu said they were on lemongrass stalks, but it looked like sugarcane to me. No matter, as we didn't eat the stalks of course:-) These were pleasant enough for our starter - a bit rubbery, a bit fishy ...
|grilled lemongrass chicken $25.90|
We had wagyu beef curry on the table, grilled lemongrass chicken with rocket salad and plum sauce, along with lamb ribs and a glazed sticky sauce. All of the dishes were delicious, with tender meat and flavoursome sauces. The red chillies on the chicken gave it a shot of heat every so often, when you chowed down on a piece. The thigh meat had great texture, and flavour; always my preferred cut.
|wagyu beef curry $27.90|
Mr P. assures me the wagyu was very tender and delicious, swimming in a tasty sauce with roasted pineapple and herbs. Sorry, no photo of the lamb (it was a very fuzzy shot). The mains came with a bowl of steamed rice topped with fried shallots.
|creme caramel $10.90|
After deciding to go for dessert, we chose a creme caramel for me, and fried ice cream for the other three. Sadly, we were all a bit disappointed, and those calories could have gone to better use:-( My creme caramel was kinda grainy, and unpleasant, though the popcorn was cute, and the sorbet was splendid.
|fried ice cream $11.90|
Mr P., cousin K. and friend G. all chose this dish, mostly because of the sugar cube burning in the middle. Looked funky, but ended up being pretty ordinary. I like the idea of having a chocolate sauce on top, though. We declined coffees, and wandered off into the damp night ...
Ph: 03 9580 5990
145 Nepean Highway, Aspendale VIC 3195
And as a parting gift, here is a snap of my niece and her daughter, my great-niece Lolly at her birthday party earlier in the day, before we hit the restaurant. She is a sweet treat indeed:-)