When the sis-in-law suggested Doot Doot Doot, we didn’t hesitate to say yes. After all we all deserve a bit of fancy Nanci-ness in our lives! A beautiful fit-out sets the tone for the day with a grand 10,000 lamp chandelier that creates the perfect first impression for the five course tasting menu. The menu draws on the seasonal produce from Mornington’s local producers and Jackalope hotel’s kitchen garden.
Service was good. Little hiccups in our bookings as they initially said it our table was not ready yet at around 12.20pm – our booking was for 12.30pm. So we got a drink at the bar near the reception which was over the top with marble, gold and glasses. However 15min later we were still waiting for them to call for us unfortunately they seemed to have forgotten about us so back to the front we go to get some foods in our belly…
Mayo Asparagus – a perfect snack to start the courses, light and tasty with a great crunchy texture.
Avacado Umeboshi – A well balanced starter. The crumbed avocado though very simple holds a great amount of flavours. The light ice-cream was a bit of a good surprise but slightly too sweet.
Beetroot, Leek & Pil Pil – Pretty to look at but the soaked beetroot leek was too chewy and stringy for me. Sorry to say, I personally didn’t enjoy this dish.
Wallaby, Yoghurt and Cabbage – a delicious dish. The wallaby was perfectly slow-cooked that melted in the mouth. So fresh and light. Again the cabbage was beautifully presented on the plate, but I’m not sure why it was so chewy?
Palette cleanser – frozen rock-melon with rock salt or sugar? wasn’t too sure which one it was but the melon was overly sweet.
The main we had a choice between the Snapper with carrots & Lado or the Beef with Clams in XO sauce. Lucky for me I was able to eat both! I definitely preferred the beef dish which was cooked to med-rare. The sauce complemented both the sweet beef and salted clams really well.
Unfortunately the snapper dish was a bit of a let-down for me. The snapper itself was perfectly cooked! But that skin… I’m sure it was meant to be crispy skin but all I got was chewy and salty skin which I unfortunately I had to leave to the side.
Lemon Praline – Loved how the waiters presented us with the lemon cake freshly cooked out of the pan! Mmm and it smelt soo good. Great to see that such a simple home dish can be presented in such a nice way on a plate.The cake was delicious, sweet, sour and moist. The salty hazelnut cream was perfect to cut off the sourness and complemented very well with the cake. Could have gone without the sorbet as it had a few too many lemons in them, so I only had a small spoonful.
Overall a pleasant experience with great company. Yes a bit underwhelming for the $$$$. It did get really busy and loud which can be hard to converse with your table partners. Expect 3.5hrs for lunch also.. No consistent service from one waiter so was a bit hard to know who to flag down for questions and service.
But I did spot a few lovely spaces to return to like the winery outside that can cater for a bit more of a casual outing =)
“There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that,my friend, is dining.” ― Yuan Mei