Huxtable has been on my to-dine-at list ever since it opened (does anyone’s list ever get smaller?).
When Bella messaged me to say she would be in Melbourne for a weekend and did I want to catch up over lunch, I readily agreed and sent her a list of possible dining destinations. She picked Huxtable.
I arrived a little early and was seated by the friendly waitress, who apologetically explained their EFTPOS machine had died the previous evening and would not be replaced until later in the afternoon.
The space at Huxtable is smaller than I expected, and has an open kitchen.
Bella soon joined me and we ordered drinks, Huxta bubbles for me and a gin concoction for Bella.
Warm bread was served, with a lovely salted butter.
We started with some items off the bites menu.
I had a jalapeno and cheddar croquette.
Loved it. Crunchy coating with oozy cheese and an awesome kick from the jalapeno. I could easily eat a dozen of these.
Bella had the xo bun with crab, jalapeno, thai basil mayo.
She liked it but said it was a bit too creamy for her taste.
We also tried the crisp filo log of lamb puttanesca, lemon yoghurt.
Another great dish, with very tender lamb.
We shared a salad of baby carrots, striped zucchini, goats curd, pomegranate and tarragon dressing.
For main course Bella had the Korean bbq pork ribs, spicy slaw, chilli gherkin.
She said the ribs had great spice but they were a little fatty for her, though her boyfriend would have loved the amount of fat on them.
I had the venison tartare, szechuan pepper, confit egg yolk, crisp won tons.
A nice fresh tartare, but I would have liked more spice.
We decided to share a dessert, the ice cream and fudge sandwich. The waitress told us that today’s flavours were a triple chocolate ice cream and a white chocolate fudge.
It was really good, but not what we were expecting. It definitely didn’t look or taste like triple chocolate ice cream, but we still enjoyed it. We cut it half and the rich fudge spilled out, it looked, and tasted great!
Service was friendly and relaxed throughout the meal.