Sezar (6 Melbourne Place)
Serving upmarket, modern Armenian food (which is…?), tucked away in the hub of Melbourne’s CBD, Sezar could well be worth a trip during your stay in Melbourne. We weren’t really sure what to expect, but we all impressed by what we encountered when we arrived. Not far from Federation Square, Sezar is semi-hidden up a wee alley. It is two storied, and immediately you can tell that it is a place for fine dining and delicious food. We were seated upstairs, and were talked through the menu by our charming waitress who explained that shared plates was definitely the way to go. Modern Armenian food basically means Middle Eastern food – think hummus, souvlaki, kebabs – but then also pork belly, beef brisket and a mouth-watering lamb shoulder.
For me the real highlight of the night was desserts; indecisiveness and a lack of self control saw us ordering multiple dessert platters – which contained smaller versions of each of the desserts. It was absolutely divine! It is pictured below and included the following desserts:
- New style baklava: crispy filo, walnut toffee ice cream and salted caramel
- Pistachio cake: figs, halva, orange blossom and pashmak
- Chocolate marquise: spiced hazelnuts, cardamom whipped cream and argan oil
- Honey cream: saffron poached pear, sweet brik pastry