Level 1, 11 Collins Street, Melbourne (map)
Miss F was in town from London for a few weeks! It happened to be her birthday while she was here, so a group of us met up for lunch on the special day. Because the rest of us all work full time in the city it had to be a quickie - F selected Recorded Music Salon as the venue. I'd never been before, but knew of it as a bar that best-friend-K used to frequent when she used to work up at Parliament.
Turns out that RMS also does a rather nice sideline in lunches. The birthday girl chose the salad of roasted baby beetroot, baby spinach and goats cheese, with Attiki honey dressing ($16). Housemate DJ and I both pinched a forkful each - nice and fresh, liked the sweetness of the dressing with the beetroot.
B-f-K had told me I had to try one of the pizze, so I had the one with field mushrooms, basil pesto and St Agur blue cheese ($13) (and Miss A ordered it too). Another great flavour combo (note to self: got to buy me some of that St Agur blue), but the oil from the pesto together with the fat of the cheese made it just a bit TOO sinful for my liking.
Loved the look of DJ's wild mushroom ragù with grilled polenta, truffle oil and shaved parmesan ($16), as well as the cute little glazed terracotta bowl it was served in.
A had a toasted ciabatta with jamón, red pepper relish, manchego and baby cos lettuce ($12.50) - also a winner. Is it me, or is manchego cheese EVERYWHERE these days? It's the new black.
Anyway, Recorded Music Salon makes for a great little lunch venue - if only it were at my (boring, legal) end of town instead of the Paris End. Still, I'm pretty stoked at the news in the latest Espresso about a very, very, VERY welcome addition to the legal district dining scene: apparently another Movida may be moving in a mere block away from my office, behind the Supreme Court building... *fingers crossed*