Encore is a quiet dining place situated right next to the Grand Chancellor Melbourne hotel. It’s not an award winning restaurant but rather serves up pretty honest and decent food I’d say. We came here with a dining voucher. With the voucher, we were able to select any appetisers, mains and desserts from the menu.
We were served with sparkling wine before the nice lady took our orders. For appetiser, I ordered Soft tacos with tempura battered soft shell crab and chipotle mayonnaise. The portion is very generous with 3 large servings of soft shell crab on taco wraps. Soft shell crabs are nicely battered with a crunchy to light texture. It is accompanied with sweet chilli sauce, chick peas and slices of vegetables.
Hubby decided to order the Pork tasting plate that comes with 3 types of pork creations with chilli oil dip and plum sauce. We thought it tastes very Asian and the flavours are not special.
For mains, I went with Braised lamb shank which came in such huge portion (for me, that is). Whilst it tastes good, the lamb shank was not braised long enough because the meat supposedly did not fall off the bone – which is a pity! However, I love the double cream mash which is so creamy and the greens are very fresh.
The Angus rump steak came in medium rare which is how we wanted. What I love about this dish is the caramelised mushrooms and the jus is to die for. The mushrooms are juicy with the beautiful sweet caramelisation that goes so well with the beef. The fat chips are crispy outside and soft inside.
Up to this point, we were so full but how can you say no to desserts right ? For desserts, we ordered Star anise creme brûlée and Brandy snap basket with ice cream. The creme brûlée cracked nicely but it is a little overcooked at the top because the custard has hardened a little. The hard caramel was not caramelised and burnt enough as I would very much like that in a creme brûlée. It’s a good combination with the pineapple, raisin and mint. The Brandy snap basket is ok with the mix of apple and mango sorbet and an unidentified ice cream flavour.
Verdict : The restaurant served up some decent and unsurprising food. I had a pleasant dining experience but it does not really “wow” me. Portion for appetiser and mains are generous and worth paying for.
To die for : Mushroom jus (comes with any selection of steak choices)
Price : $$
Yummy Factor : +3
Tip : Ask for a kids “colouring menu” if you are have little ones to keep them entertained
[Encore Restaurant & Bar]
131 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria
P: 03 9656 4000