I’m pretty sure most Melbournians would know Taxi Kitchen. The building stands proudly at the most popular spot in Melbourne CBD, Federation Square, which is just across the busiest train station and tram stop, and in front of the busiest intersection in the CBD.
I have always walked past Federation Square everyday since I work in the CBD. However I have never tried the restaurants in Fed Square. I have this perception that the busiest area doesn’t necessarily offer the best food. From my experience I learned that most restaurants located in the popular area are crowded because they are placed in a convenient location, not because the food is great.
Then one day I stumbled upon a coupon website and found a promotion from Taxi Kitchen for two-courses lunch for two at a discounted price. I would be lying if I say I wasn’t tempted to try and I purchased it straightaway.
I asked my boyfriend to join me and we went there on a weekend for lunch. Taxi Kitchen is located on level 1 in the building. We walked up the stairs and found ourselves in a gorgeous place. I am loving the interior and décor of the restaurant! It is very sleek but not intimidating. The restaurant gets a lot of sunshine from the glass windows on the wall which the patrons can enjoy Melbourne view while dining.
There wasn’t a lot of people when we came, I guess it will be busier during dinner session, which was a good thing since I can take some pictures without feeling ashamed.
For two courses, we decided to enjoy two entrees and main dishes to share as we didn’t feel like having dessert in the middle of the day.
The first entree was candied pork with coconut, red chilli dressing. At first it looked really scary with all the red sauce on the plate. I thought this was going to be very spicy. However to my surprise, the food was actually quite sweet and a bit tangy. I’m loving the coconut shave which brought freshness to the dish.The pork was really soft and flavourful. The portion was very generous for an entree. It was such a good start of the meal.The second entree was King Island crayfish ravioli with tomato & chilli sambal. I was expecting a lot from the dish and it did not disappoint. We had about three big size raviolis and the filling was generous. The sauce reminds me of Malaysian roti dipping sauce. I’m loving the crunch they put as garnish, I’m guessing it was kataifi.For the first main we had crispy skin Huon salmon with fennel, shallot salad & black garlic dressing. This was the favourite dish of the day for me. There wasn’t a lot going on on the plate, just simply good ingredients that spoke for themselves. The fish had crispy skin at the top and beautifully moist inside. The black garlic was really fragrant but wasn’t too overpowering. It paired nicely with the white fennel sauce which was subtler.For the second main we had Blackmore’s chargrilled Wagyu ‘minute steak’ with parsley, garlic & lemon. Honestly I think that the presentation wasn’t of what I expected. Since wagyu was what they wrote in the menu, I was quite surprise that the wagyu was barely visible, and instead they had this pile of greens that covered everything on the plate. The meat was cooked medium-well, which wasn’t what I preferred usually. I love my meat medium rare especially with wagyu as it brings out the juiciness of the meat in that stage. Luckily the parsley and garlic sauce was very tasty and complemented the meat very well. The salad was refreshing, however we agreed that we didn’t need that much on the plate.Overall we were very satisfied by the end of the day. If only the wagyu was cooked a bit rarer, the experience would be perfect. I love the ambience and the decor of the restaurant, especially the view of Melbourne city. The service was top-notch as expected and the food was great.
Taxi Kitchen Restaurant
Flinders St Melbourne