On a recent Friday night I enjoyed a splendid dinner with a friend at Mutti’s Austrian restaurant on Elgin St in Carlton. The food and beer are fantastic, and it has already been positively reviewed by Hookturns, Melbourne delectable and Sarah cooks. There’s only one trivial thing wrong with Mutti’s – the music.

On arrival I was greeted by an elevator muzak version of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Miss You’. Later I recognised a muzak version of ‘I Shot the Sherriff’. It’s a good thing Bob Marley was a pacifist. I’m not sure about Eric Clapton, but Keith Richards is likely to chop the mutti down when faced with offences against music. But I digress…

muttis2 dinner at Mutti's on Elgin St Carlton

My friend and I shared the triple duck – glühwein poached duck breast, crispy leg of duck, and potato dumpling filled with duck crackling,  served with savoy cabbage and speck, lingonberry scented pan jus (above) and the slow cooked pork belly, red wine braised cabbage, Bratkartoffeln (golden fried potatoes), apple relish and green beans (below). Both are superb.

muttis1 dinner at Mutti's on Elgin St Carlton

By avoiding entrees we still had space in our stomachs for dessert, and we shared the ‘Omas Buchteln’ – Austrian brioche filled with plums and served with hot vanilla custard and the Black forest trifle chocolate sponge with jelly, fresh cream, sour cherries, chocolate shavings and drizzling of schnapps.

muttis4 dinner at Mutti's on Elgin St Carlton

The ‘Omas Buchteln’ (above) was lovely but there is a lot of it, and we agreed that the Black forest trifle (below) was the better dessert.

muttis3 dinner at Mutti's on Elgin St Carlton

At about $100 for these delicious and filling dishes (and two pilsners for me) we were well satisfied with the quality and value, and the service was also good. Mutti’s would be a great place to take family or friends (but perhaps not rock gods).

dinner at Mutti’s on Elgin St Carlton

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