I really wanted Ten Minutes by Tractor to impress. Steve and I were bringing my parent and sister here during their trip to visit us and I was really keen to find a special place for Sunday lunch that we would all enjoy. I wanted it to showcase some wonderful produce, challenge their tastebuds a little beyond the more traditional and conservative tasts and yet still be comfortingly familiar.
The menu appealed to us all and entree dishes varied between the 5 of us with my dad, sister and I all going for the risotto.
Mum's quail dish was probably the best although the other dishes were good too. The quail was just so soft and flavoursome the tastes going deeper with the
- Pan roasted quail, Mock Orchard pears, pea puree, pata negra
- Asparagus, Red Hill goat's cheese, pickled pumpkin, macadamias, freekah
- Risotto with scallops, squid, whiting with grilled watermelon
pata negra and then the sweet pea and pear combo lightening up the salty sensations.Steve's asparagus dish was extremely generous with almost a dozen stems of asparagus, a huge mound of freekah and massive dollops of goat's cheese. Great complimenting flavours.Risotto was tasty and beautifully presented, The seafood was fresh and fragrant and the chef had also considered texture as we experienced a variety of sensations from the chewy to the flaky to the crispy to the juicy.
Main courses continued to be a hit. Again beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Steve's lamb course came with a variety of home grown veggies adding a Summery touch to the heavier meat. Fish dishes were vibrant and fresh.
- Snapper with peach and tomato fondue, prawns, crushed potato, asparagus, verjus beurre blanc
- Roasted Cape Grim eye fillet, wild watercress, onion and olive compote, heirloom carrots and red wine jus
- Fine herb roasted rack of lamb, 1333 vegetables, rosemary and mint jube, green olive jus
We enjoyed side dishes of roasted kiplfler potatoes and an organic beetroot, Mock Orchard apples, Red Hill goat's cheese. The beetroot was pale pink in colour and so sweet and the green beans added a grassy flavour to the sweet beet.
- Michel Cluizel chocolate ganache, poached cherries, honey espuma, coconut ice cream
- Raspberry panna cotta, rhubarb compote, almond cake, white chocolate parfait, sabayon
- Rice pudding, apricot compote, caramelised rice puffs, sable, cashmere sorbet
The desserts were decadent and the winner was probably the raspberry dish which I-Lin and I shared. Just so many dimensions to it and all very scrumptious. Steve enjoyed the rice pudding and the chocolate and cherry combo was also polished off with aplomb.
We were also served petit fours but by this stage I was full. The others enjoyed them and declared them good.
We were looked after well by our waiter. He did a really good job. We had a lovely corner table with a picturesque view of the vines.
This is a place that is a little bit special. It's not so formal that it's off putting but it does feel like it's not an every day restaurant and deserves an occasion. It's expensive but I do believe it's worth it as it does offer that little bit extra.
Ten Minutes by Tractor fulfilled everything I wanted it to. My family appreciated the beautifully presented plates of food and the visual pleasure was backed up firmly by tasty fresh produce and impressive culinary skill.
I'd love to return and enjoy the degustation menu. There were some exciting contraptions and plates of food coming out the kitchen.
A day trip to Mornington meant lunch at D.O.C. Steve and I had walked past and enjoyed browsing in the deli that we knew we had to have a meal there next time we were in the area so we decided to show Charis the delights of Mornington.
So we'd been looking forward to returning to Mornington and in particular to trying D.O.C and then upon entering we were greeted by the notice "Please Wait to be Amazed" so expectations were high!
The waiter pointed us to a long shared table and we took our seats. It was pretty cramped so when the people next to us left we spread out a bit which I don't think they were enamoured with but I felt our comfort was more of a priority. There were lots of spare places for other new customers so it wasn't like we were preventing others from dining there.
There are many reviews on Urbanspoon that talk about poor service and I can see why such reviews have emerged. Service is a little offhand and there is definitely a lack of attentiveness. We had to wait a long time for the second glass of wine and when we enquired after it the response was not exactly friendly.
Foodwise we ordered the mozzarella degustazione which consisted of scamorza (smoked mozzarella), an Australian fior de latte and a buffalo mozzarella. The scamorza had been warmed through and had melted. It was delicious with a hint of chilli running through it. Absolutely amazing. The bread and oil that came with it were also yummy and the small spinach and rocket side salads were fresh and tasty.
We had two pizzas; Speck with Provolone chese, mushrooms, thyme and prosciutto and Cornutto with tomato, mozzarella, spicy salami and peppers. Both were delicious. The bases were crispy and didn't taste greasy. The balance of toppings were good and we thoroughly enjoyed them. The Speck one had no tomato and I think for one person to eat a whole one it would be too rich as the tomato provides a nice tang that cuts through the richness.
We loved the food at D.O.C and I can imagine craving the scamorza and the pizzas again. The service is a little offhand for sure and if that could be revised then it would be a place to eat that's super hard to beat.