A tasty twist for Picasso is on the menu in Melbourne

Picasso drew on his Spanish heritage and the artistic periods of his time, including the blue period and cubism.

All that is reflected in the National Gallery of Victoria and its Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: The Picasso Century.

And it is also now reflected in a degustation menu at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, which was developed by chef Rony Parienty.

Celebrating its partnership with the NGV, the menu in its No.35 Restaurant is available every Thursday and Friday from 12.30pm until 3pm.

Guests can choose from a two-course or three-course menu that features dishes that take their inspiration from The Picasso Century exhibition.

It’s a nice comeback moment for the staff at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins after a two-year pandemic hiatus. “We’re thrilled to be relaunching our lunch menu,” Clive Scott, the hotel’s general manager, says.

FOOD

To start with, guests can choose from two entrees.

Camera IconTo start with, guests can choose an entrees which draws inspiration from the Blue Period through the use of blue cheese and blueberries (leek, blue cheese, blueberries, prosciutto, salsa verde and brioche). Credit: Supplied

+ One draws inspiration from the blue period, with the use of blue cheese and blueberries (leek, blue cheese, blueberries, prosciutto, salsa verde and brioche).

+ The other which uses the colours of the rose period, with red, orange and pink earth tones (beef tartare, patatas bravas and cured egg yolk).

The main course menu offers the choice of a cubism-inspired dish or a dish that pays homage to Picasso’s Spanish heritage.

+ The “brandade de bacalao” features barramundi, chorizo, basil, cauliflower and octopus that has been broken up and reassembled in an abstract form.

+ The traditional Spanish dish of slow-cooked beef, mushroom, potato, parsley emulsion and cornbread is presented as a rich and tasty “estofado” in honour of Picasso’s Spanish heritage.

Camera IconThe main course menu offers the choice of a Cubism inspired dish or a dish that pays homage to Picasso’s Spanish heritage. Credit: Supplied

The menu finishes on a sweet note with the choice of two desserts.

+ There’s a basque cheesecake with dulce de leche, strawberry and oats crumble which pays homage to Picasso’s Spanish roots.

+ Or diners can choose the famous Anna Pavlova, with fresh berries, mascarpone and coulis in honour of ballerina Anna Pavlova.

The menu is available every Thursday and Friday from 12:30pm until 3pm. Guests can choose from a two-course menu for $55 per person or a three-course menu for $65 per person with the option of adding Champagne Pommery by the glass for $22 or by the bottle for $145.

Bookings at no35.com.au or call (03) 9653 7744.

Camera IconA dessert pays homage to Picasso’s Spanish roots or the famous Anna Pavlova with fresh berries, mascarpone and coulis in honour of ballerina Anna Pavlova Credit: Supplied

EXHIBITION

Exclusively developed for the NGV by the Centre Pompidou and the Musee National Picasso-Paris, The Picasso Century features more than 80 works by Pablo Picasso, together with over 100 works by more than 60 of his contemporaries drawn from the French national collections and the NGV Collection.

The exhibition is on until October 9. ngv.vic.gov.au

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