This post is a few months late but to be honest we’re all still recovering from Man Night III. This year we expanded the group out to 11 and for the first time decided to up the ante a bit, chipping in $100 to cover food, booze and other items.
The inspiration for Man Night III came from a clip in the Quebec episode of Parts Unknown where Anthony Bourdain, Frédéric Morin and David McMillan(of Joe Beef) sit atop a frozen lake in a fishing hut to enjoy the most beautiful meal.
We had to replicate this, albeit in Richmond not atop a frozen lake in Quebec. Alas, we make it work.
Produce was sourced mostly from the Queen Victoria and South Melbourne Markets and Madame Truffles with booze coming from my own stash, DRNKS and Boccaccio Cellars.
First Course: 6 dozen Oysters from Franklin Harbour, Smoky Bay, Pittwater and Coffin Bay served with Mad Men Riesling. Think 8kg of rock salt down the table. Totes Bromantic
Recipe here (ha jokes, please don’t say you need a recipe for oysters)
Second Course: Oxtail consommé with oxtail braun, enoki and truffle. Served with 2012 Cuvee sacha
Third Course: Lobster a la royale. poached Western Rock Lobster with a salad of shallot, asparagus and cucumber. Also lots of truffle. Served with 2012 Jolly Ferriol Vin de Table Blablablanc
Fourth Course: Lievre a la royale. Tasmanian wild hare braised in red wine and cognac with a sauce made from the braising juices and hare blood served with pomme puree joel robuchon, truffle, roasted foie gras. Served with 2006 Yering Station Reserve Pinot en Jeroboam.
Fifth Course: Cheese: Epoises and st Marcellin. Served with Channing Daughters VerVino Vermouth Variation 3
Recipe here:You don’t need a recipe, just buy these cheeses, they are stanky and make sure you remove them from the fridge at least 2 hours before serving.
– Short intermission for cigars and some digestifs.
6th Course: Gateau Marjolaine:Some decadent shit, layers of Sponge, hazelnut meringue, dark chocolate ganache and pastry cream. Vaguely remember serving this with prosecco but whatever.