WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· Penne carbonara, guanciale, black pepper, parmesan ($26.00)
· Char-grilled and raw zucchini, rocket, ricotta, sherry vinegar, capers ($22.00)
· Prawn, chilli, tomato, garlic, parsley, rocket pizza ($24.00)
· Crumbed Otway pork cutlet, grape, walnut, herb salad ($30.00)
WHAT WE ATE...
We started with some ‘Wild mushroom arancini, crispy parsley, parmesan, garlic salt ($14.00)’. I could have just eaten a big plate of these! They were crunchy with a soft scrumptious filling. The crispy parsley was a novel addition.
Next, we tried the ‘Fritto misto: prawns, squid, mussels, scallops, garlic, chilli ($18.00)’. The wonderful seafood was surrounded by crispy batter that I dipped in the very spicy sauce.
For my main, I ordered the ‘Beef cheek lasagna, Chianti, mascarpone, rosemary ($28.00)’. Arriving on a black tile, the pot of lasagne was gorgeously luscious. The beef cheek was tender and pulled apart easily. The dressed salad leaves cut back the richness.
My mum opted for the ‘Potato gnocchi, wild mushrooms, porcini butter, parsley ($27.00)’. The gnocchi was light and the buttery sauce was heavenly.
We were becoming very full at this stage but we finished our brilliant lunch with an ‘Amalfi lemon tart, raspberry sorbet ($14.00)’. The zingy tart had both a beautiful filling and crust. The raspberry sorbet was very refreshing.
WHAT WE DRANK...
We began with a couple of delicious glasses of Mumm Cordon Rouge ($15.00) as it was a Mother’s Day celebration after all. I need to find some sparkling ‘Dadd’ for Father’s Day...
We ended with a couple of ‘Rossini’s ($11.00) – Prosecco, strawberry nectar and maraschino cherry’. Well, maybe I helped Mum with hers too... Anyway, the Rossini was very yummy but I had a fresh blueberry in mine instead of a cherry which didn’t really matter.
The place was fairly quiet probably because everyone had spent their money the weekend prior for Mother’s Day. However, we were provided with excellent service.
Address: 87 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: 03 9650 0900
Mon – Fri: 7.00 am – late