CARGO RESTAURANT, DOCKLANDS: A beautiful dining location in the heart of the Docklands, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Melbourne Harbour, Cargo is a splendid restaurant with vibes suited to any occasion – whether a casual yet classy business lunch, a vibrant time with the family, or an elegant date night. The harbour location is gorgeous, and complemented well by the friendly and caring service. With a full serviced bar, inventive and delicious cocktails, as well as care in their flavour choices, Cargo is a restaurant I wouldn’t hesitate to return to.
- Beef and Cauliflower Croquette w. Kasundi – $9.0
- Cargo Sliders w. Pork – $12.0
The good fat: Unaccustomed to cauliflower croquettes, these struck our eye as we glanced through the menu and were surprising bites of flavour. Tender strips of beef peeked out amongst the smoothly textured cauliflower croquette, giving hints of slight cheesiness. A golden crisp shell was a must. Despite being quite simple, the pork sliders were generous in their pulled pork, and BBQ with mayo sauces. It was a juicy brioche bun with little droplets of sauce soaked up by the fluffy bun.
The bad fat: The kasundi dressing underneath the croquettes were a little jarred, with seemingly random spices that didn’t blend together very well.
Seafood Paella w. Local Prawns, Mussels, Fish Pieces, Tomato, Peas, Saffron, Chilli, Garlic, Lemon and Topped w. Fresh Herbs – $34.0
The good fat: This was definitely a paella that was generous in its seafood. I was treated to delicious chunks of prawns and fish, with a happy splash of mussels dotted all over the top. The lemon and garlic contributed to highlighting the seafood aroma, which permeated throughout the rice in the entire paella. Chunks of fresh cherry tomatoes added to the moisture and juiciness of it all.
The bad fat: Difficult to pinpoint exactly but there was just an element missing in terms of the saffron spicing. Having averaged at least 2 paellas a day during my trip to Spain, I wouldn’t say I’m a paella connoisseur, but there was something hearty lacking in this – perhaps the sourness from the tomatoes were a bit too overpowering that the earthiness of the saffron and inherent paella spices were slightly lost.
- Deconstructed cheesecake w. honey joy and biscuit crumb, passionfruit and seasonal fruits – $12.0
- Violet crumble ‘plant pot’ w. housemade honeycomb, caramel icecream and chocolate pearls – $12.0
The good fat: It is quite rare for a restaurant to have not one, BUT TWO STAR QUALITY desserts – the deconstructed cheesecake featured a perfect combination of honeyed crunchiness from the cornflakes, mellow crumbliness of the biscuits, a smooth yet rich cheese texture from the spread of cheesecake, and a fresh, yet slightly sour passionfruit topping. I really could never get sick of it. The plant pot is such an inventive manner of plating, and is constructed of relatively simple elements. The nutty crunch of the chocolate pearls, with the sweet freshness of the caramel icecream, but the stunning chocolate mousse underneath was just heaven in a pot. The mousse was the best I’ve had by far – rich, dark and barely sweet but full of chocolate aroma – each bite was just divine.
The bad fat: The honeycomb provided a great contrast in texture for the mousse but definitely could’ve been broken into smaller, more manageable chunks.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – A beautiful restaurant, reasonable priced and relaxing views over the Melbourne harbour
CHECK OUT CARGO HERE: https://cargorestaurant.com.au/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Cargo for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration