Preserve Kitchen, Glen Iris

For our anniversary last week, hubby and I went out for a late dinner date at Preserve Kitchen, Glen Iris. It was a cold and wet night, but thankfully the parking lot around the corner was connected to the back of the restaurant. We managed to scuttle in without receiving too much damage from the rain!

The restaurant turned out to be much smaller than I had imagined. Seated in a snug little corner, we decided to order an entrée and main each as we were really hungry. In the meantime, we were served some freshly baked bread for starters. 

The first entrée for the night was the pan-seared scallops with celeriac purée and truffle oil. The dish had a good blend of textures, but needed a little more kick in terms of flavour.

Next, we ordered the Portalington mussels which we were told were a must-try. Classic ingredients such as white wine, garlic, chilli and tomato created a delicious, piquant broth in which the mussels were soaked. It was a delight to our tummies especially on a cold winter's night.


My main was the sumac-spiced chargrilled quail served with saffron risotto. While the quail was tender and tasty, nothing really stood out. I was expecting a more elegant spin to the dish and I was left slightly disappointed.



Hubby's main was the slow-roasted pork belly with greens, mushrooms and radish with chives salad. I had a small bite of the pork belly, and though it was flavoursome, I thought the crackling could have been crispier.


We shared one dessert, and I have to admit I probably ate 90% of it. The warm, soft-centred chocolate fondant with roasted coconut ice cream caught my eye, and can I just say it is the most sinful dessert ever? As I dug a hole in the light, spongy crust, chocolate just oozed from the centre. I was on cloud non after finishing the dessert, but I felt so, so guilty! If I were to be picky, I would have liked the crust to be thicker and the coconut ice cream to be less sweet, but otherwise, it was ridiculously divine.

On the whole, service was a little slow but the food was very enjoyable. It is definitely one of the better Modern Australian restaurants in the eastern suburbs, so do pop by if you are in search of a fine meal!

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