Superb in Seddon – Touks

UPDATE (March 2012): Touks has been sold and is being rebranded, so this review may or may not reflect the current establishment.

Just got in from a meal at Touks, and it was brilliant. The food was magical, but the service and the setting was right up there as well.

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With its big opening front windows, it’s easy to see how it would be stunning in summer. We had a reserved table further inside the restaurant, but the waitress suggested a move to the windows, and a good suggestion it was. (Also note the awesome Tiger Crumpler bag from the Crumpler Custom Shop in Fitzroy…)

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As ever, we went with a voucher, and making the booking was a breeze – bizarrely, we couldn’t get in on a Thursday night as they were full, but were offered Friday or Saturday, which is great service when booking with a voucher. We ended up going the following Tuesday, which was Melbourne Cup day, but that was no issue for them.

We went pretty early @ 6:30, and were the first there, but within a few minutes there was a table of eight and three more tables of two.

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They make a good LLB, even to the extent of asking if you have any special requests regarding it (a rare thing). Once we’d ordered – just mains and dessert, we’re making a conscious effort to not eat three courses (yes, I know, how restrained of us, #firstworldproblems) we were brought some awesome warm bread (made on the premises) and olive oil dip. I’m a bread snob, and this was great.

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Then into the mains – Cha had a spaghettini prawn garlic concoction (which she loved). Plenty of prawns – the tails slid off very easily (and a small dish was provided for the disposal thereof) and there was plenty of flavour.

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I had the eye fillet (as I often do when we go out, yes) with wedges and a lettuce salad. It was as awesome as it looks in the photos.

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The mustard butter – using seeded mustard – was fantastic, and the wedges were cut from roasted potatoes. The salad seemed to have a lemon vinaigrette, and was delicious. Gotta eat yer greens!

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The waitress commented that I’d done a good job on the bone when she collected the dishes – it was so good, I wasn’t wasting any. Loved it.

Dessert was just as good. I had a Belgian chocolate tart which was RICH, baby.

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Cha had an apple and pear crumble, and I was lucky enough to be able to finish the last couple of mouthfuls, and it was outstanding.

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The service was terrific, the pacing was excellent, maybe the music could have been turned down a little, but it wasn’t loud enough to complain about.

TLDR: Fantastic, highly recommended.

But I do have to say they could do with a website, it makes it much easier when choosing places to go if you can check them out, look at the menu, etc. Hey, I know someone who can do that AND take some proper photos (not like the above, which are done with a little P&S… Smile

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2 thoughts on “Superb in Seddon – Touks

  1. Yep… Touks is a good-un, but,…hmmm. Been there a few times (and the prawn spaghettini is a regular), but it is a little patchy. Our experience is that the quality of the pasta has been a bit off… sometimes superb, others undercooked, or even a different flavour.

    Still, all in all, its a good spot.

    PS…see if you can get to Motorino’s in Sth Kingsville on your coupons… Excellent.

  2. Fair enough, we’ve only been the once. I agree that once is no way to get a baseline on things, but I can only report what we found, and we were really impressed. Glad you like it overall – it’s owned by a good Tiger supporter!

    I will keep an eye out for it, for sure :-) I haven’t seen that one appear anywhere. “Out west” seems like a long way, but it’s really not far from Collingwood!

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