06 Feb Stovetop, Carlton
Stovetop has moved to a bigger premises and it seems to be a hit. Even before students have begun their semester at the nearby universities, it’s absolutely buzzing during our visit for weekday lunch.
The menu boasts a great variety of dishes, with Asian influences seen here and there. If you’d prefer something less bready you’re covered with the likes of pastas and rice. We explore some Thai flavours with the Crispy Skinned Pork Belly, cooked as a dry red curry with snake beans, sweet potato, kaffir lime leaf, chilli, Thai basil, basmati and poached egg. It’s aromatic, and comes as quite a decent serve too.
The Baked Eggs have a great richness to the sauce, and though we aren’t quite sure where the burrata is, it’s a full-flavoured combination of Merguez sausage, tomato, cumin and morcilla crumb. The Sweet Potato Chips with truffle and parmesan are a highlight. The truffle flavour is well distributed throughout the bowl, making us think it has truffle salt added rather than a drizzle of truffle oil.
The Waffle Ice-cream Sandwich is made with red velvet waffles, chocolate ice-cream, salted caramel, chocolate shavings, freeze dried raspberries and fairy floss. The ingredients list sounds like it could be overpoweringly sweet, but thankfully we find it not to be the case. The waffles, which are slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, hold the ice cream well, and the salted caramel adds in that extra bit of rich indulgence.
The menu at Stovetop is both extensive and enticing. It may take a few visits to try everything that catches your fancy.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Stovetop as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time
128 Leicester St
Carlton, VIC, 3053
(03) 9347 2010