Abacus is an all day restaurant and bar located in South Yarra that serves a range of brunch food by day and modern Australian food by night with great cocktails. It has spacious interior and high ceilings and is the perfect place for meal in summer with friends. We checked it out for dinner one night.
For our drinks we ordered the Poached pear rum with elderflower, Riesling, pear and lime and Jasmine blueberry tea with white rum, blueberry, honey, lime and nitro. These were both delicious cocktails, the poached pear had a nice light flavour while the blueberry tea was served creatively with nitro and was a bit sweeter and fruity.
For our entree, we ordered the Braised octopus with chorizo, tomato wood fired garlic bread and nitrogen. This was a great dish, the octopus was tender and went perfectly with the crunchy garlic bread, which was also used for the sauce.
For our mains we ordered three dishes to share, the first was the connors porterhouse with 250g black onyx with sage and mustard mash and charred baby carrots and watercress. The steak was delicious, so tender and cooked medium rare though I found out to be slightly too charred. The mustard mash was a winner, it had a great creamy flavour with the mustard cutting through the buttery potato.
Next was the Lamb ragu with house made pappardelle pasta, braised lamb shoulder, pangrattato, parmesan and rosemary oil. I loved this pasta, the braised lamb shoulder was cooked perfectly, while the parmesan added great flavour.
After that we ended with the Peninsula mushrooms pizza with taleggio, rainbow chard, seaweed butter, native saltbush and thyme. I love mushrooms and these definitely shone through the dish, it was a simple pizza but worked really well as a vegetarian dish.
To finish, we ordered two desserts to share. The first was the Broken cheesecake with vanilla bean, mascarpone, shortcake cookie and drunken strawberries.This was nice, the rich cheesecake was nicely cut through by the tart strawberries and creamy mascarpone.
Our second dessert was the Valrhona chocolate and peanut butter parfait. This was a bit more rich, the chocolate was nice and dark and the peanut butter was delicious and accompanied it well.
Overall, Abacus is a modern restaurant that serves a range of well cooked dishes from brunch to dinner. Would definitely recommend coming here to try out their day and night time menus!
Loveatfirstbite_aus dined as guests of Abacus. All opinions are our own.