Dining Out: Taxi Dining Room, Melbourne – Express Lunch

by April@MyFoodTrail on May 28, 2011

in Dining Out, Melbourne, Modern Australian

Taxi Dining Room
Level 1, Transport Hotel
Federation Square, Melbourne
(03) 9654 8808

It’s been so long since I’ve last blogged, I almost don’t know how to do it anymore! It feels like too much time has passed since my last post that I don’t know where to start. I have a mountain of food photographs but a lack of motivation to put words to those photos. I keep meaning to start blogging again but then get stuck, so I put it off once more. I guess I just have to get back into a routine and this is a good start! Thanks to everyone who still reads my blog!

I think part of the reason I lost my motivation to blog was because I was still going through recovery for my jaw surgery. You can read a bit about my jaw surgery in my previous post. Getting back to eating normal foods and being able to chew again has been a very slow process, and I wasn’t in the mood to be looking at photos and thinking about all the food I couldn’t eat. I was also frustrated at the slow rate I was recovering physically.

It is now almost 10 weeks since my jaw surgery. I have improved a lot but still have swelling and numbness, which hopefully will get better with time. I am finally able to start eating the foods I was eating before surgery, though I still struggle with hard and chewy foods. It hasn’t been an easy journey but I’m glad I’m at the tail end of it now.

Hubby and I visited Taxi Dining Room during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival back in March. Taxi Dining Room was one of the restaurants doing the $35 express lunch so we took the opportunity to try out the food since we had never been. I find most of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival events expensive, but the $35 express lunches are fantastic value. For $35 at a selection of top Melbourne restaurants, you get two courses plus a glass of wine.

Taxi Dining Room - View

View from Taxi Dining Room

At Taxi, we got a choice of two dishes for each course so hubby and I got one of each as we normally do. I don’t understand couples who go to restaurants and both order exactly the same dish as each other… don’t they like trying different things?! We opted for our two courses to be entrée and main, and with the two dishes available per choice, it was like having a four course degustation between us!

The first entrée was Moreton Bay bug stuffed zucchini flowers. They were wonderfully crisp on the outside without being too oily and the smoked chilli mayo was the perfect accompanying sauce.

Taxi Dining Room - Stuffed zucchini flowers

Moreton Bay bug zucchini flowers with pickled papaya salad & smoked chilli mayonnaise

The second entrée was a small plate containing a quenelle of a liver parfait and a quail and foie gras terrine sitting on a peach compote, served with two pieces of soft brioche. The peach sauce helped cut through the richness of the terrine but I think the parfait tasted best on its own with the bread. Hubby and I had to fight over the parfait because it was so good!

Taxi Dining Room - Foie gras plate

Quail & foie gras ballontine with parfait, peach compote & ‘Taxi’ brioche

The first main was a small fillet of salmon with a side salad of fennel and prawn. The menu said it was a sorrel and prawn salad, but Google tells me that sorrel is a green leafy vegetable, and it was definitely fennel in my salad. The salmon was topped with a shellfish dressing, which looked like oil. There seemed to be inconsistencies with the pieces of salmon as I looked around at fellow diners’ plates. I was unlucky to get a small, dry piece but the flavour of the whole dish was still there.

Taxi Dining Room - Salmon

Fillet of Huon Tasmanian salmon with sorrel & King prawn salad, shellfish dressing

The second main was two small pieces of duck with an Asian style sauce and a Vietnamese side salad. The duck was fully cooked through, but still very tender and the sauce was flavoursome.

Taxi Dining Room - Duck

Crispy Szechwan duck with Vietnamese salad & fresh lime

We also got a tea or coffee included as part of our lunch. I opted for a Chrysanthemum tea, which was served in a lovely tea set.

Taxi Dining Room - Tea

Herbal tea

We were shown the dessert menu, but as we aren’t heavy lunch eaters, we chose the Taxi petit fours for two. I’m glad we did because the petit fours were one of the best I’ve ever seen and at $11, it was really worth it. We got two mini shortbread fingers to dip into a light, delectable chocolate mousse, two chocolate truffles, two pistachio biscuits and two mini passionfruit tarts.

Taxi Dining Room - Petit Fours

Taxi petit fours for two $11

Overall: The restaurant was light-filled with the huge glass windows overlooking Flinders Street Station and the Yarra. The $35 express lunch at Taxi Dining Room as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival was fantastic value. The service was excellent and the food was very, very good (well, except for my piece of salmon). I would like to go back to try their normal menu and will be back for the $35 express lunch next year.

Over & Out, April xx

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle Chin May 28, 2011 at 6:21 am

Oooh… this makes me feel like going there! But i'm on "ban" period now. 🙁 exams..


Iron Chef Shellie May 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

Great photos, makes me really want to go there!!

hope recovery is going well xxx


Jackie May 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Glad to see you back blogging April, hope your remaining recovery goes well 🙂


msihua May 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Welcome back! Now to put Taxi on my ever growing list 🙂


April @ My Food Trail May 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Michelle: Good luck with your exams!!

Shellie: Thanks xx

Jackie: Thanks! 🙂

Msihua: Thanks! My list of places I want to visit is so long too!


Forager @ The Gourmet Forager May 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Welcome back to blogging & glad the surgery went well & you've put it behind you. Though not in the same league of pain, I have a date with my wisdom teeth at some point – so not something you volunteer to put yourself through. The post is one I'll keep in mind when I ever make it to Melb!


Blaire James May 31, 2011 at 4:35 am

The dish that has two slices of duck looks fabulous. I can't get my eyes off of it. And when I kept staring, it made me feel hungry. Whew!

I'm also glad to know that you're back on track. Keep it up.


April @ My Food Trail May 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Forager: Thanks! Wisdom teeth removal is still pretty bad. I had all my 4 out a number of years ago. Hope it all goes well for you.

Blaire: The duck was great! Thanks!


penny aka jeroxie May 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm

WElcome back to blogging world. 🙂 And catch up this weekend?


April @ My Food Trail June 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

Penny: Thanks! Yes, definitely will catch up at one of the feasting activities this weekend!


FOOD June 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

The liver parfait and a quail and foie gras terrine look so good. And the Petit Fours're so lovely =)


mademoiselle délicieuse June 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

Such good value! Especially good to not overeat at lunch so the portions work perfectly.

I never order the same thing as the husband when we eat out – something I don't understand when I see couples doing it as well!


Adrian (Food Rehab) June 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

Always wandered about this place. Good to know there's a cheaper option to introduce the place. Oh…the suckling pig…


prolix June 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

All I want is the food, looks soooo good! very yum!!!!!

Food Display Cabinets


Fat PomPom June 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

mmmm, the food looks great!! look forward to eating here sometime!


Sammy June 21, 2011 at 4:07 am

Oh gosh, your photos are always so exquisite. The view looks nice!


April @ My Food Trail June 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Food: The liver parfait was one of the best I've had!

mademoiselle délicieuse: Ahh, that's good to know! Variety is the spice of life hehe!

Adrian: These express lunches are really great value, especially for an expensive place like Taxi and it gives people a chance to try out their food for a smaller price.

Prolix: It was yum!

Fat PomPom: You should try out their express lunches!

Sammy: Aww, thanks! They have an uninterrupted, slightly elevated view of Flinders St Station and parts of Southbank.


Veggie Mama July 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I totally understand that whole blogging procrastination thing! Love your photos.


April @ My Food Trail July 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thanks Veggie Mama!


Diamond July 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Excellent Blog.
It feels like finding a treasure while roaming around .
Keep Posting !!!


Best Lunch in melbourne August 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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