Melbourne chef Paolo Arlotta (formerly of Vue de Monde, Tipo 00 and Kinfolk) is coming together with British-based (but Australian-born) chef Anthony Power of Liverpool’s Spanish restaurant Pilgrim to dish up a seven-course tasting menu inspired by the Camino de Santiago – an ancient pilgrimage through Italy and Spain.
Pilgrim was a product of the Netflix series Million Pound Menu, which gives up-and-coming restaurateurs the chance to open their own pop-ups (with paying customers). Arlotta is also no stranger to pop-ups: this collaboration comes off the back of his sell-out intimate monthly vegetarian degustations, Herbivorous Nights.
The Camino de Santiago tasting menu will draw on Arlotta’s background in Italian cooking and Power’s experience with Spanish cuisine. Expect dishes such as cacio e pepe-stuffed tortelli (similar to ravioli); risotto with burnt eggplant, black garlic and hazelnuts; scallops with morcilla and celeriac; and smoked pork fillet with guindilla-pepper sauce.
As with the Herbivorous Nights pop-ups, Orlando Marzo from Worksmith – who was named the world's best bartender in 2018 – will be mixing boozy (and non-boozy) concoctions to match the menu.
There’ll also be the option of a wine pairing curated by sommelier Liinaa Berry for an additional $69.66.
It’s on over four nights – Friday and Saturday March 20 and 21, and 27 and 28 – and there are sittings available at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm.