I made a really silly mistake on the way to dinner on Friday. And it costed us a 12hr slow roast lamb. Mister and I both arrived on time for dinner. The place looked particular empty for a Friday night and especially if there was a Family Roast Dinner promotion for the month. We ordered our drinks and looked around the room. No one was having roast? The waitress was also dumbfounded that we mentioned that we pre-ordered our lamb roast. There was no promotion and nor roast!
I was pretty sure I spoke to someone. I wasn’t dreaming that call. Mister wanted to stay on and have dinner but it was bothering me that I made a mistake when I booked the dinner. So it turned out that instead of the The Provenance, it was The Provincial Hotel! I quickly called The Provincial and told them about my mistake and that we will head over after the drink. How stupid right! And fortunately, there were only 10mins away from each other. No big drama BUT I missed out on roast lamb because we were late!
I kept wondering how I could make that mistake? Then I remembered I was reading the blog post about an autumn degustation at Provenance from Agnes (Off the Spork) on the same day. That must be it. The Provenance was stuck in my head. Anyway, I bought a nice leg of Saltbush lamb. Will have to recreate the dish at home by using liquid smoke! Will blog if I succeed Please cross your fingers for me.
So back to our 2 course roast dinner at The Provincial.
Pumpkin and ginger soup – It had a nice sweet and nutty taste but I can confirmed with Mister that we could not taste the ginger at all. It was still a nice start to the meal. Very comforting. But Mister said he preferred the pumpkin soup I make at home. Compliment! He deserves a big kiss
We watched the next table enjoying the roast lamb that we so wanted. The meat was falling of the bone and silence filled the table. That is a sure sign of goodness. It was a huge piece of meat that was meant to satisfy any meat lovers. When our roast chicken arrived, we were ready to dig in. It was a beautiful golden crispy Victorian free-range chicken that sat on top of green beans and potato mash. The meat was so tender and moist. The greens were still crunchy. The mash was super rich. It feels like eating creamy butter. So good but waistline seemed to expand with every bite.
Definitely be back here again. The dessert menu looks luxurious and from the specials board, it is the type of food that I like – big, bold and punchy.
By the way, the family roast dinner menu is only available till the 30th of June 2010. You can find out more at the Melbourne Food and Wine website. Get a booking in soon if you don’t want to miss out. Just rock up on time and at the right place.
Have you ever rocked up at the wrong place that you made reservation for? What did you do?