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During Good Food Month the restaurants that make up the Southgate precinct are showcasing their signature dishes from 1-30 November. The dishes range from steak to scallops, from $20 to $35, so there’s something to suit everyone. You could even try a dish from one restaurant then move onto the next venue in a DIY progressive lunch or dinner!

I was invited to try the signature dishes of The Deck and Miyako, two restaurants that I’ve not visited before despite having been to Southgate many times, particularly pre-theatre.

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The Deck is a small elegant restaurant which peeks onto its neighbour Hamer Hall and wraps around to views of the city (as do many of the other Southgate restaurants, making it a perfect spot to take visitors).

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It caters for a business crowd during the day and theatre-going crowd at night (their pre-theatre menu is particularly good value). The food demonstrates a strong Italian influence and hence their signature dish is a velvety scallop, prawn, cauliflower risotto topped with some crispy proscuitto ($30).

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The rice was cooked perfectly, with a slight bite and a consistently creamy texture throughout – no mushy bits, no crunchy bits – which is so hard to achieve. The seared scallops and liberal scattering of diced prawn throughout gave the dish a decadent touch and it was all beautifully presented in what can only be described as a ceramic vessel.

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Moving onto Miyako, the Japanese restaurant’s signature dish was surprisingly not particularly Japanese given that their menu generally follows the straight-and-narrow route of Japanese cuisine.

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The deboned and chargrilled spatchcock with creamy sweet potato mash ($33.50) was more akin to a dish you’d find in a Mod Oz restaurant, though it was finished with an intense teriyaki sauce as a nod to some Japanese influence. I found the rosemary oil too overpowering and quite odd combined with the soy-based teriyaki, so I would actually recommend asking for the dish without it.

You have until 30 November to enjoy a signature dish from Southgate’s participating restaurants at either lunch or dinner and if you order the signature dish during a weekday lunch Monday-Friday you can enter the draw to win a Southgate Dinner voucher for you and three friends. Bon appetit!

Southgate Signature Dishes for Good Food Month, The Deck and MiyakoSouthgate

The Deck, Upper Level U1/2 Southgate, Southbank  +61 3 9699 9544
Mon-Fri 7:30am – 10:30pm
Sat-Sun 12pm – 10:30pm

Miyako, UR2 Upper Level, Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct, +61 3 9699 9201

Mon-Sat 12-2:30, Sun 12-4
Mon-Thu 6-10:30, Fri-Sat 6-11, Sun 6-10

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