Big Bounty at Little Hunter

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Last night we were lucky to dine at one of the trendiest new restaurants in Melbourne: Little Hunter presided over by North Carolinian (!) Chef Gavin Baker.

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Entering hrough the industrial black doors, you descend into a large basement space beneath Little Collins St.   The refined modern interior is remarkably warm and romantic with wood floors,  exposed brickwork, farm table place settings and earthy tones.  We had a corner booth to ourselves and were cozy with velvet pillows on the tan leather.

The menu doesn’t mess around but is succinct with a focus on quality meats and vegetables prepared in simply delicious ways.IMG_7090

We started with herbed cheesy pull apart bead served with chicken skin butter, compliments of Chef Baker.  It was ridiculous.   SoGood.

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Then the talented chef sent us a watermelon salad amuse-bouche that was refreshing and light with pine nuts, dandelion, goat cheese, honey and truffle oil.  I think this was my favorite part of the meal and I plan to recreate it at home!IMG_7074

Finally the main events: a filet mignon with coffee and woodsmoke flavors for Joe and the wood-roasted pork with kale and cider vinegar for me.photo

Honestly, I didn’t know that the chef was a native North Carolinian until after some googling the next day but I swear I told Joe that my pork, “tastes like home!!!” The pork (belly, tenderloin and cracklin’s) was delicious – falling apart tender and perfectly tart yet not overwhelmed by vinegar.  It was NC BBQ dressed up with a fancy Melbourne flair. North Carolinians know their pork!

Not to be overshadowed, Joe’s steak was also delicious and we both enjoyed the smokey coffee notes.  We had zero room for dessert but left smiling and very pleased with ourselves for finding such a local treasure our first rainy night out in Melbourne.

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