#30daysofsharing | Day 21 : Food Porn Friday – Grossi Florentino

By Ling

After yesterday’s rant about some person / people, I talked it through with one of my besties and I am officially over it because he/she/they are living their lives like I don’t exist so why let it bother me?  Think it was just a hormone thing.  Yes, just blame it on the good old female hormones!  Anyway, today’s Food Porn Friday is courtesy of Nad’s, an Australian hair removal beauty brand, who invited me for their newest product launch at Grossi Florentino, a swanky restaurant in Melbourne city.  All the lunch menu options sounded pretty yummy and I was torn.  My Husband always encourages me to choose more adventurous options so I did!

Grossi Florentino scallops, review

For Primi (starter), I went for SEARED SCALLOPS, HOMEMADE MUSTARDELA, PIEDMONT’S BLACK PUDDING, PUMPKIN.  This was totally an adventurous option because I have never eaten black pudding…as it looks SO unappealing.  Surprisingly, it was quite tasty – like a spicy sausage.  The seared scallops were not fully cooked through, but that’s a Western thing.  They were okay…nothing memorable.  There was something in the dish which tasted a bit rank…but I am not sure what it was…  But I gobbled down everything because I hadn’t eaten breakfast that morning.

For Secondi (mains), I went for CASTRICUM LAMB RACK, PRESSED BELLY, TARRAGON, HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES – and requested NO GOATS CURD because I am a cheese-phobic.  I was quite excited to try the lamb because the Husband had made lovely lamb rack a few days before this event.  Sadly, the lamb rack here did not measure up to my Husband’s cooking.  NOT EVEN CLOSE.  There was this huge chunk of unrendered fat – which you can clearly see in the photos.  The pressed belly was a lot tastier.  And I enjoyed the vegetables.

The meal was SUPER filling.  In fact, it was TOO rich…and my tummy was not accustomed to all that fine dining and I actually could not eat dinner that night!  Crazy!!!

Would I return to Grossi Florentino?  Only if it was another product launch ;)  Product events in proper restaurants are the ultimate experience.

However, for normal day-to-day life, it’s just too posh for a simple cheapo un-classy girl like moi!  Don’t get me wrong because the restaurant is beautifully decorated and looks very fancy.  The toilets were lovely too.  Some of the staff were very friendly, but some weren’t…and I shall say no more!  I also felt very out of place in my cheapo Target shoes when everyone else was decked out in designer gear!  But at least I know which cutlery to use unlike some people…

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