29 Mar Taxi Kitchen, Melbourne CBD
Tucked away on a first floor at Federation Square, you may not be aware of Taxi Kitchen. Though it’s not on street level, its location also offers its patrons great views of the precinct.
Begin with some appetisers such as the Rare Seared Kangaroo with a sweet quandong chutney and tangy sesame cracker. Crispy turnip cakes have a generously salted exterior crust, spring onions and an acidic ginger dipping sauce.
The highlight of the entrees is the supple, thinly sliced Rare Roasted Wagyu with cucumber, peanut chilli dressing and pieces of Chinese doughnut. Sake Washed Tuna inherits freshness from both the zingy yuzu jelly and fresh daikon, and extra texture from the crunchy soy bean pesto. There is a bit of spice to the dish, but relief is provided by chunks of soft cucumber.
Our pick of the mains is the Roasted Rabbit Loin with a delicious rabbit rillette and is accompanied by wilted coz and smoked buffalo milk yoghurt. The Roasted Cauliflower is tender, with plenty of umami from the caramelised miso underneath. It’s a great side dish.
The Dark Chocolate Parfait with brownie crumb and mandarin sorbet is not too sweet or rich, but if you’re into soufflés, don’t go past their Mango Soufflé. It’s super light and airy and has a slight crispness in its the crust.
Though it’s a little hidden, Taxi Kitchen is worth hunting for not just for the views, but for the delicious menu too.
Level 1, Transport Hotel, Swanston St Federation Square
Melbourne CBD, VIC, 3000
(03) 9654 8808