La Luna, Melbourne, Australia

It was my birthday and I was 21 yet again and this year a couple of us headed up north a kilometer or so to La Luna. La Luna is Adrian Richardson’s restaurant. For the uninitiated Adrian Richardson is a resteraunter who has had TV shows such as Secret Meat Business, and Good Chef Bad Chef (he’s the bad chef). Suffice to say that meat, and plenty of it, was the order of the day!

Luckily Melbourne had exited COVID lockdown 3.0 at midnight so we were allowed out to play.

It’s a pretty swish place, crisp white tablecloths and all.

We arrived a little early but were swiftly seated.

As we looked at the menu we ordered a couple of non descript beers, but that was OK as we weren’t here for the beers.

The menu is a meat lovers wetdream. Though there are also fish and vegetarian choices.

For starters we ordered a small goods taster plate or around 6 different cured meats and salamis and some pickled vegetables and olives. Along with some fresh bread and rustic wafers to round out the dish. Tastewise it was great to taste side by side the different types of small goods.

For mains we opted for a couple of larger dishes to share. One of the specials was a slow cooked (as in 18 hours!) lamb shoulder which was duly ordered along with a confit duck leg. As the token vegetable we ordered the roast potatoes with garlic butter & lemon.

The mains were out and the lamb shoulder was HUGE. It was cooked perfectly and a quick parry with a fork and spoon resulted in succulent lamb. While the confit duck leg was small in comparison taste wise it was on par. The roast potatoes were a good choice as the accompaniment.

We had a bottle of red but I can’t for the life of me remember which one! The wine selection is pretty good.

I didn’t really need dessert but I had a tiramisu nonetheless. Along with a glass of De Bortoli Noble One the dessert was a great way to close out an excellent meal.

All in all it was a great meal. It wasn’t cheap but was well worth the price.