Match Bar and Grill Duck dinner

Match Bar & Grill Duck & Not Pinot Dinner

by April@MyFoodTrail on October 7, 2011

in Food Events

I have a confession to make. I’m not a big fan of duck. I don’t like Chinese roast duck and I would never order duck if I saw it on the menu at a restaurant. The only kind of duck I would choose to eat is Peking duck. And only because it is mostly crispy skin and comes wrapped in a nice pancake with hoisin sauce!

So you might be wondering how I ended up at a duck dinner?! Well, I was contacted by Carlos from Match Bar & Grill and invited to go along to their ‘Duck & Not Pinot’ dinner. My first reaction was to say no, but I liked their concept of matching different alcoholic beverages with different duck courses. Also, the dinner was not something I would have gone to and perhaps five courses of duck might change my mind!

Match Bar & Grill - Outside

The entrance of Match Bar & Grill

Match Bar & Grill is located off Little Lonsdale Street, just near the corner of Swanston Street. It is divided into a bar on one side, and the restaurant on the other. I had been to the bar before – it’s got a nice atmosphere for an after work drink – but never to the restaurant.

Match Bar & Grill - Inside 1

Inside Match Bar & Grill

Menus were presented to us with the five courses with matched drinks to look forward to. I like that they left the menu with us so we would know what we were eating and drinking.

Match Bar & Grill - Duck dinner menu

Duck dinner menu

We started off with canapés of duck rillettes matched with NV Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne. The duck rillettes were shredded confit duck with ginger and white pepper, spread on a thin, crisp slice of bread, and topped with a cornichon. The duck was tender and well salted and together with the champagne, was a great start to the dinner.

Match Bar & Grill - Duck rillettes canapes

Duck rillettes canapés – Matched with NV Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne

The second course was a duck liver parfait with shiraz jelly. The sweetness of the shiraz jelly went really well with the creaminess of the duck liver parfait. It was probably the best duck liver parfait I’ve ever had! It didn’t have the strong liver taste which I don’t like. It was served with the same, perfectly baked, crispy slices of bread as the rillettes, providing a nice contrast of crunchy texture with the deliciously smooth and creamy parfait.

The matched beverage was a Kumeu River Pinot Gris from New Zealand. Pinot Gris is one of my wines of choice and this one was full of fruit flavour, slightly sweet, with a nice zingy finish.

Match Bar & Grill - Duck liver parfait with Shiraz jelly

Duck liver parfait with Shiraz jelly – Matched with Kumeu River Pinot Gris, NZ

The third course was a house cured duck prosciutto with a celeriac remoulade. I’ve never had duck prosciutto so I don’t have a point of comparison, but my oh my, this duck prosciutto was AMAZING!! I want to know where I can get some more! The duck prosciutto was thinly sliced and tender, and the flavour was not overly salty or strong as pork prosciutto. It was served with more of our favourite crunchy bread slices, and a delicious salad of shredded celeriac in horseradish dressing. It was a winning flavour combination of the saltiness of the prosciutto, crunchiness of the bread slices and creaminess and slight heat of the horseradish celeriac. The matched beverage for this course was a White Rabbit dark ale.

Match Bar & Grill - Duck proscuitto with celeriac remoulade

House cured duck prosciutto with a celeriac remoulade – Matched with White Rabbit dark ale

The fourth and main course was a five spiced duck breast on top of Kaiser fleisch (like bacon) and black cabbage, as well as a confit duck leg, served with a creamy mash potato. The confit duck leg had a very crisp skin but the meat was still moist. The duck breast looked completely cooked through, but was still surprisingly tender. The skin and layer of fat was too chewy though. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the black cabbage which brought out the flavour of the duck breast. The matched beverage was a Vistalba Corte C Malbec/Cabernet from Mendoza in Argentina which was a red wine.

Match Bar & Grill - 5 spice duck breast & confit duck leg

Five spiced duck breast, confit leg with Kaiser Fleisch & black cabbage – Matched with 2009 Vistalba Corte C Malbec/Cabernet, Mendoza, Argentina

The final course was dessert, which was a duck egg white pavlova, sitting on top of a passionfruit mousse, drizzled with passionfruit curd and served with melon balls and candied orange. The dessert tasted as luscious as it sounds! It was a fantastic way to end the night.

The matched beverage was ‘The Waddle’ which is a cocktail made from two parts gin, bitters, passionfruit syrup and duck egg whites. It may have been because we already had a quite a few drinks, but the cocktail tasted really strong. I thought maybe that was the story behind the name of the cocktail… it’s so potent you have to ‘waddle’ home!!

Match Bar & Grill - Duck egg pavlova with passionfruit mousse & melon

Duck egg pavlova with passionfruit mousse & melon – Matched with ‘The Waddle’ cocktail

By the end of the dinner, I was in love with all the dishes I had eaten, despite not being a fan of duck to begin with! In fact it was one of the best meals hubby and I have had in a while. I would definitely eat duck more often if all duck dishes could taste as good as the ones we had at Match Bar & Grill.

Match Bar & Grill - Inside 2

Inside Match Bar & Grill

You can check out the Match Bar & Grill website to find out about any future dinners they are holding.

Over & Out, April xx

April and hubby dined at the Duck & Not Pinot Dinner as guests of Match Bar & Grill.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle chin October 8, 2011 at 8:38 am

wow, this is in qv! awesome. 🙂


April@MyFoodTrail October 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Entrance is on Little Lonsdale St, but it’s in the QV building.


Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne October 8, 2011 at 9:32 am

Pretty ballsy going to a duck dinner when you don’t even like it!! But it’s great you’re a convert now, I LOVE duck 🙂


April@MyFoodTrail October 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Haha, I knew I could always get something to eat afterwards if I didn’t like it, but lucky I did like it and left very full!


Sarah October 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

Oh yum! I really like Match Bar too, I went there for my birthday a few years ago. 🙂 I like their cocktails too!

Looks like a great meal, I love the fact that they didn’t just pair duck with pinot noir. Awesome that they could change your opinion of duck!

xox Sarah


April@MyFoodTrail October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

That was the whole point of the dinner, not matching pinot with duck as everyone else seems to do! Hence the name ‘Duck & Not Pinot’ dinner. It was a great idea.


Hannah October 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I’m such a sucker for anything involving pickles. Bring on the terrine! 😛


April@MyFoodTrail October 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Errrmm, there wasn’t terrine?! Was that comment meant for someone’s else blog?! 😛


Winston October 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Oh whoaaaaa that duck prosciutto looks AMAZING!!!!!! The whole menu seems very well played too. Would love to eat this! Though, it’s definitely a place I’ve never thought of visiting. Maybe I should…! =)


April@MyFoodTrail October 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Unfortunately this was a once off event so the food isn’t on their normal menu. You can keep your eyes out for any other events they hold or I’m sure their normal menu is great too.


Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) October 9, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’m amazed by the thinness of that duck prosciutto! It almost looks like it’s been set in jelly. Do you happen to know what cut of duck meat was used?


April@MyFoodTrail October 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

The jelly like appearance comes from the thin layer of melt in your mouth fat. I was amazed how thinly it was sliced too. I think it really accentuated the flavour. I’m not sure of the cut though but I would guess breast?


Agnes October 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Awesome! I’m with you though – I don’t like duck very much either… apart from Peking duck too. Haha.


April@MyFoodTrail October 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Oh, but I’ve heard you rave about a cassoulet before!


msihua October 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Oh well done on trying out all the duck dishes and liking them 🙂 CLAPS!!!!


April@MyFoodTrail October 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Haha *bows* 😛


Bianca @ The Cooking Capers October 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

So jealous! I wanted to go to this event so badly but I couldn’t 🙁 Everything looks delicious!


April@MyFoodTrail November 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Hopefully Match Bar & Grill will run something similar again in the near future. I thought it was good value.


Adrian (Food Rehab) October 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

whoa! Duck egg white pavlova sounds like like an amazing combination for dessert. Though after all the food we ate tonight, it will take a while for my appetite to build LOL


April@MyFoodTrail November 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You are such a champion for coming home from the Brasserie Bread event and still catching up on blog reading!! I went straight to bed in a carb coma!


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