I have been thinking a lot about instant vs delayed gratification. If you are pro instant gratification, you would rather spend a heap of money now on something good. If you are pro delayed gratification, you would rather save some money to spend on something great later. In my generation, it appears that we prefer instant gratification.
Verge Cucina allows you to have the best of both worlds. Its not a fancy restaurant but its very good value for money. You don’t feel like you are saving money at this place too – but you are. The meal came up to $40 per person which included corkage for 2 bottles of wine.
Jay and Prithi had the Crispy Roast Duck with dark cherry sauce and pumpkin ($30). It was HALF the duck. The servings were very generous. That’s not enough to make a happy diner – it was very yummy. Jay prefers it to the confit. The skin was crispy, the meat soft and the rich meaty cherry sauce wrapped up the flavours perfectly.
Michael had the Tender Ridge Beef Fillet ($34) with pepper sauce, roast tomato and rosemary potatoes. It also came with asparagus which I LOVE. The fillet was perfectly done medium. Most of the time, when you ask for a Medium steak, it is overcooked. However, this was done still red in the middle. The green peppercorn sauce was to die for.
I had the Timber Hill pork cutlet ($29). It was absolutely beautiful though a little to dry to Michael. I thought it was tender and well grilled. The jus slightly tangy but rich. The apple sauce wasn’t really needed. I love brussel sprouts (surprise surprise!) and thought the ones served with this dish were not overcooked hence there was no bitter aftertaste you would normally expect.
We all shared the Spinach, pear, parmesan and walnut salad($12) as an attempt at healthy eating. It was very good. Not dripping in dressing. Fresh, clean leaves springing back at your fork. I love pear and think fruit go very well in savoury salads.
My favourite part – DESSERT.
Jay and Michael went with something simple.
So I won’t talk to much about it because I also have what they have in my chocolate pudding…
How awesomely rich does the pudding look? It was very rich. The cake was warm, moistened with melting chocolate and soaked up cold vanilla ice cream. Such a great wholesome hearty dessert for winter. Love it.
Prithi went with the chocolate mousse which was equally heavenly. It had chocolate coated nuts in it and topped with rich chocolate ice cream. I will have THAT next time.