Noir Restaurant is a boutique restaurant situated in Richmond, Melbourne. The restaurant has a classical layout with wooden tables and dimly lit lighting creating a warm and cosy atmosphere.
The service we experienced from the restaurant could be improved. We were shown to our table when we walked in, but no waiter came to serve us until we waved one down. The waiter who served us with the complimentary bread did not ask us which type we preferred and just placed a random bread roll in our bread plates. The waiters’ explanation of the wines were also very rudimentary, and everything seem to be just memorised with no further insight.
We ordered the Tasting Menu, which was $80 per person, and there was an additional charge of $55 per person for matching wines.
This consisted of three vegetarian tarts, being cauliflower, beetroot and pumpkin. A nice start to the meal.
Entrees to share – Eye fillet of beef tartae, waldorf salad and gaufrette potatoes, Cold smoked pacific oysters and Hiramasa kingfish vichyssoise with samphire, sugar snaps and chive oil
(Matched with 11 Domaine Pierre deLaGrange Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire Valley, Fra)
The beef tartae dish, with the beef and potatoes, as well as the apple in the waldorf salad, reminded me of the taste of burger and fries and apple pie. The kingfish dish was well presented with contrasting textures from the different elements in the dish. The pacific oysters were presented with smoke inside a glass lid which was very fancy but they weren’t as fresh as I expected when I tasted them. The wine selected matched well with the seafood dishes.
Alternative Entrée: Pumpkin cheesecake, Potato croquette on pumpkin puree and Foe gras on toast
Jono: “I do not like raw food so I asked the kitchen to prepare something else in place of the entrée selection that they had. As soon as the waiter brought this alternative entrée plate to me, my eyes were on the foe gras. Foe gras is my number one favourite. So I tasted the foe gras first with the complimentary bread. It did not disappoint as it melted in my mouth. The pumpkin cheesecake, however, was too dense with cream, but the flavour was nice.”
Seared fillet of John Dory with summer vegetables, calamari, chorizo and buckwheat
(Matched with 10 Bella Ridge Estate Chenin Blanc, Swan Valley, WA)
The smokiness from the chorizo (which tasted more like ham hock to me) added a depth of complexity and flavour to the fish, and this matched well with the smokiness from the wine. A very enjoyable dish.
Hendricks gin and tonic sorbet, cucumber and dried botanicals
(Matched with Hendricks splash)
This was a good palate cleanser, the cucumber providing freshness and the extra alcohol providing the acidity required to cleanse the tastes from the mouth.
Crisp breast of duck with green figs, beetroot and walnuts
(Matched with 12 Vincent Girardin Pinot Noir ‘Bourgogne Cuvee Saint-Vincent’, Burgandy, Fra)
The duck was nicely cooked, with crispy skin and juicy meat. However, the wine seem to be a little too heavy for this dish, so a more delicate pinot may have been a better match.
Rump of Rangers Valley beef, roast capsicum puree and grains of paradise
(Matched with 11 Ngeringa Syrah, Adelaide Hills, SA)
The beef was cooked rare, and was presented with a calamari ring (which was not what I had in mind to be “grains of paradise”). It was tender and well flavoured, and the peppery taste of the wine complimented the beef well.
Cremeux d’Anjou with strawberries, blueberries, honeycomb and berry and basil sorbet
(Matched with 11 Petit Guiraud, Sauternes, Fra)
The dessert was presented nicely, the sweetness of the pear and honeycomb balanced well the sourness from the berries. The dessert went down a treat with the dessert. A nice ending to the tasting menu.
Overall, this was an enjoyable experience, with quality food and nice wines. The only let down to the experience was the service we received.
Address: 175 Swan Street, Richmond
Phone: (03) 9428 3585
Opening hours: Lunch & Dinner, Tuesday to Sunday
Accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards