I know I been slacking off with blogging. I shifted jobs and the hours are a bit longer with later hours so I am still trying to adjust to that. A few weeks ago I was very much stumped with picking a restaurant for my birthday. My picks ended up being little hunter and Coda. Sadly Little Hunter couldn’t fit us in for a booking so Coda it is. Only problem with getting a booking on the day is you are left with the awkward corner table. Coda is a restaurant by Adam D’Sylva (The Age Good Food Guide’s young chef of the in 2008). The best way to describe the food is Asian fusion Tapas with a French twist. Walk-ins are also available at the bar if you are lucky. On a Friday night the restaurant is noisy and buzzing. There is one thing about the restaurant I really like, the vibe and the atmosphere.

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For dinner there are ”smaller” items which some of the smaller items are priced per item and others are entrée sizes. The bigger plates are shared plates. A little birdy tells me you can give a “half” of the share of the bigger plates but this time we didn’t get to try to order a half of the bigger plate. There are also sides and sweets on the menu. I honestly wanted all the seafood items off the menu. Oh boy I love seafood and to think that a time in my life I hated it! Now when I meet someone new who hates seafood I think it’s a blessing, more for me then ;) .

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Awkward corner table.

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I usually ended up ordering a cocktail. The glass was very small felt like only a few tablespoons.

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For the smaller plates we picked Hervey Bay scallop, pearl tapioca and Yarra Valley salmon caviar $7.8 each. The Scallops are cooked perfectly, I really wanted to order more but at almost $8 each it was quite steep.

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Yellow fin tuna, daikon, green apple salad with pinenuts, ponzu and fresh wasabi $24. On paper this sounded amazing but it was the biggest let down of the night. The first taste was okay but the more you eat it, the flavours were too overwhelming. The Mr mentioned it was a reminiscent of Yee Sang.

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Aperol cured ocean trout, roasted pickled beetroot, crème fraîche sorbet and avocado mousse $18. Perfect flavours working well and I almost got to the point of plate licking once again.

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Cape Grim scotch fillet with café de paris (allow 30 minutes) $38. This didn’t wow me too much, it had great flavours but nothing that stood out.

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The poached pear dessert. I much preferred the dessert below while Mr prefers this dessert.

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Toasted meringue, vanilla chiffon cake, passionfruit curd, coconut and mango sorbet $16. I knew I had to ordered this after Mel blogged about this. One of the best desserts I ever had not sweet at all and great textures and flavours in the dessert. Both desserts we had at Coda was fantastic!

In the end the bill came up to nearly $150, it’s not too bad but I do think the prices are quite steep but the overall menu was enjoyable except for the tuna. We were bit still a bit hungry afterwards but we find this usual since we both hungry monsters. Would I return? Definitely but sadly not anytime soon it’s quite pricey for our pockets

Basement 141 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
http://www.codarestaurant.com.au/

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