After being a highly successful brunch cafe for many years, Abacus Bar and Kitchen has successfully expanded its culinary expertise in Modern Australian cuisine to offer up a similarly popular dinner menu. Sipping on happy hour cocktails in the beautiful alfresco dining terrace, with an interior decorated by green bushes, floor to ceiling open spaces – honestly the perfect Springtime treat!
The good fat: The salmon dip with potato crisps was a simple entree to start – beautifully presented with a lovely 3D feel owing to the crisps, and a cool, smoky smoky flavour. Croquette has never gone wrong for us, and with speck and gruyere as the combo offered by Abacus, the cheesiness + saltiness is most welcome. The Eden chargrilled prawns, were thick and juicy, nestled on a Thai chilli – inspired sauce and grilled to the texture where it easily came out of the shell!
For mains, we indulged on a quality medium rare scotch fillet, with a gentle char and dusted with native pepper berry and roasted garlic, with a simple salad side to break up the meatiness.
Our journey through Modern Australian cuisine ended on a beautiful collaboration lemon – based dessert between Haagen Dazs and Abacus, along with a classic tiramisu. The refreshing lemon combo with the icecream in the first dessert was a great contrast to the much more earthier and hearty coffee flavouring of the tiramisu. A light mascarpone, coffee soil and caramel syrup – I’ve never gone wrong with tiramisu!
The bad fat: When asked for the Fish of the Day, we were informed that it was the snapper – only to our surprise when a garfish was brought up instead as apparently the snapper had run out… definitely quite surprised that the kitchen at Abacus didn’t inform us if the fish of the day had been changed, especially as the garfish is quite a different fish to the snapper. There was very little meat by comparison, quite difficult to eat due to the amount of small bones, and I felt that it had been a bit overcooked – but the fried seymour greens made up for it on the side because I was surprised at how tasty they were! It was just a bit sad that this experience impacted our overall meal at Abacus.
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2wofatgirls would like to thank Abacus Bar and Kitchen, Melbourne CBD for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.