5.340 Fried Cauliflower, Chilli, Coriander

-Cycle 5, Item 340-
11 (Thu) December 2014

Fried Cauliflower, Chilli, Coriander


at The Village

-St Kilda, Melbourne-

with various participants of the workshop

Mission to Australia, Day 6 (see previously 5.339 Roasted Squid).

In Melbourne on duty travel.  Participating in a "Training of Trainers" workshop to develop capacity-building programs for government officials towards strengthening their national laws on promoting healthy environments--e.g., tobacco control.  While the workshop runs through Friday, I'll be here until Sunday.

Bistro is the restaurant wing.

The Village is a pub / restaurant / event hall.  Comprises a handful of structures / facilities, all within the same compound.  Located on St Kilda Street, west of Albert Park Golf Course.

 The Hills Cider Company Apple Cider--"Drink Australian."

The hosts of the workshop graciously invited the participants out for dinner.

The venue was The Village.

The food was quite good overall.  Meat and potatoes yet again--don't know what possessed me to order another steak after 3 consecutive dinners consisting of various grilled animals--but the dishes were faultless in execution, so I can't complain.

Meat: 6+ Marble Score Wagyu Rump (3.0). 

Potatoes: Rosemary & Garlic-Roasted Chats (3.0).

One standout dish was the fried cauliflower.  No apparent coating or breading, just deep-fried and lightly seasoned, topped with deep-fried coriander and fresh chopped chilies.  The texture was awesome: crispy on the outside, firm yet tender on the inside--the best cauliflower that I've ever encountered.  Perfection.   

I'm beginning to think that Melbourne ranks up there with Basque Country, Osaka, and Singapore as my all-time favorite food destinations.

Though I'd chosen my accommodation based solely on its proximity to the workshop venue, Tolarno Hotel fortuitously turned out to be an excellent choice, situated right smack in the middle of the St Kilda bar/restaurant district, a couple blocks to St Kilda Station in one direction and to St Kilda Beach in the other.

In stark contrast to the nondescript exterior, the walls within are decorated with oversized original paintings...

... all modern art...

 ...except this medieval-style stained glass window, which somehow fit in perfectly...

Checking in Sunday morning, when the vast majority of guests were checking out, I was allowed to look around among the various single rooms, each one unique, and select one to my liking.

 #302 was among the least fancy in terms of amenities and layout, but it was a bright corner unit on the top floor with a quiet view of the residential back street.

The Dream" (2004) by Renda Helal.


  1. the hotel is my kind of thing. next time i'm in melbourne, i'd like to stay there.

  2. yes, i'll definitely stay there again. but more for the proximity to the food.