Persillade Review – East Melbourne – Australia
One day on my way home I passed by Persillade, a new restaurant in East Melbourne that took over the spot that Europa Cellars used to occupy. They are both wine and European focused establishments and Persillade has a French approach to wine and food.
I was initially impressed with the setting of the place. It was a very open space and there was wine on display for purchase throughout. This gave it a very French feel and it was also welcoming. I was seated and given the menu and I eventually decided upon the corned brisket sandwich. I am a sucker for brisket and sandwiches, so I thought this was going to be a real hit.
The sandwich eventually came out and it was presented on a serving board with a side of dill pickles. The sandwich was built on two beautiful pieces of fluffy, moist homemade bread. A good bread can really make a sandwich and it is in French tradition to focus on ones bread. This was done really well. The pickles that accompanied the sandwich weren’t as tangy as I like them. I feel that pickles should go with every good deli sandwich, but they have to be crisp, tangy and dill – the sweet ones just don’t cut it.
The sandwich also lacked one key ingredient in my opinion – a good mustard. Mustard is the best single sandwich ingredient. There are so many varieties that can bring a range of flavours to any style, and when they are missing, the sandwich lacks. Persillade’s sandwich did not have mustard and this was a disappointment. It didn’t seem quite finished without the bite that a quality mustard can provide. It wasn’t bad, but lacking in my opinion. Nice restaurant, but the sandwich was a bit of a disappointment.
150 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne
0390 784 056
Food Quality 8/10
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