We continue our culinary adventures in Melbourne with dinner at Josie Bones in Collingwood, just outside the Melbourne CBD. One of my project managers took me to dinner there when I started traveling back in October and I had such a good time I made sure to take the Gourmet Female there when we visited recently.
Firstly, do you love beer? I mean, really, really love beer? I used to think The Brickskeller in Washington DC was beer nirvana (they've closed or else I'd include a link to their beer menu) but the team at Josie Bones has them beat. I haven't counted the pages but let's call it a mini novel. One caveat: you can certainly rack up an impressive booze bill if you start getting into the exotic and aged beers but seriously, live a little!
We started with rillettes of ocean trout and spanner crab, spread on some crusty bread. Traditional rillettes are similar to pate and usually made with pork and cooked in fat. The richness of the crab and trout was fantastic.
Next was the kingfish ceviche with goat chorizo and avocado salsa. This was a light and fresh dish to counterbalance what was to come. It also was the Gourmet Female's second favourite dish.
When I visited the first time I was convinced to have the pig trotter springroll with nahm jim foam and was determined to have it again. They are very rich and complex but the foam really balances things out. And I know, pig's trotter (foot) might make some people uneasy but, to be honest, it was just some really mouth-watering pork. I'll be having it again when I visit next.
Now for our favourite dish, kangaroo carpaccio with bone marrow croquettes, pickled green tomatoes and pine nut dressing. I was pretty gutted at the quality of my photo given how much we loved this but trust me when I saw this was absolutely memorable. We were a bit apprehensive about raw kangaroo but we loved it.
If we had to do it all over again we would have ordered our dishes differently as our final dish was the heaviest of the night, but the homemade black pudding with green apple and pickled ginger salad was another standout. I think the soft texture of the blood pudding made the Gourmet Female uneasy but the taste definitely hit the mark.
Beer and meat - how can you go wrong? There's some really good food here at Josie Bones and an amazing beer list really rounds things off. And the staff are very friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a visit the next time you're in Melbourne.