It’s not often I get to dine in the city – it’s just a bit too much trouble driving in and out. I’m glad my friend took up my recommendation of trying out La Cassolette for her going away dinner – I had read about this little bistro in the newspaper a few weeks ago and then Allan at Almost Always Ravenous had posted rather mouthwatering photos of scallops being flambeed at the table.
It’s located right next to Batman Park along the Yarra River and parking wise rather conveniently located across from Crown Casino. Rebecca Walk seems to be a somewhat new development with its eye catching orange theme – walk along and you’ll find La Cassolette. Truth be told, having seen photos of the venue I was expecting it to be slightly larger but it was rather charming. On the Friday night we went there weren’t many other people but I get the feeling it’s more of a lunch or a quick meal place (two tables came and went in the time we had our dinner!). Certainly we had no qualms about the timeliness of our orders – my friend did time it (I think it was less than 10 minutes) but I remember being amazed that before we knew it, the flambee table was set up in front of us and we were salivating at the display.
For me and my friend, it was a hard decision. Scampis… or scallops? Both are available flambeed and served with a bed of mashed potato. I guess we compromised by ordering one each and then swapping with each other – if I were to choose again, I’d probably go with the scallops because they were just so fat and juicy. They were sauteed at the table and we were treated to two rather large displays of fire which seemed to lick at the light above.
The final product was amazing. The potato mash was lovely and the seafood was beautiful. Juicy and plump both the scampi and the scallop. It was served with a side of salad as well.
The other dishes ordered were the chicken caesar salad and the lamb casserole, Navarin style. Such beautiful presentation.
We also took advantage of their happy hour with $5 peroni beers…
I’d definitely like to come back to La Cassolette. I’ve heard their quinoa crab entree is quite something. Next time you’re around Crown Casino, talk a short walk across the bridge to Rebecca Walk! As they say, pleasure guaranteed!