Sometimes when you order a dish in a restaurant, what arrives in front of you is so perfect, so completely unfussy and deliciously satisfying, that there isn’t much that needs to be said about it.
City Wine Shop on Melbourne’s Spring Street is consistently good at putting out honest, clever food. I eat there with Adam quite often (but not nearly as often as he does, which is multiple times most weeks), and can always find something that takes my fancy on the medium-sized, frequently changing menu. And let me just say that they have totally nailed the whole polenta chips thing.
So it was with an assumption of good things to come that I, nay, we all, ordered their confit duck leg with sugarsnap peas, heirloom carrots and toasted hazelnuts from the menu additions recently. O.M.G. This dish surpassed all expectations. It was truly great. Perfectly cooked, flavoursome duck with al dente-crunchy sugarsnaps and comforting roasted carrots, and a sprinkling of toasty rich hazelnuts that was pure genius. Have you ever had something – a meal, a drink, a holiday, anything at all – that was great, but it had just a little something extra, something that it would have been fine without, but the addition of this something just tipped it over the edge? That was the hazelnuts.
And that, I think, is about all that needs to be said.