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The Italian

19 Jul

My boyfriend and I headed to the famous Melbourne eatery “The Italian” for his birthday lunch.

I had heard great things about this place so was excited to give it a try.

Not surprisingly given it’s a fine dining restaurant, there were few vegetarian options.

For my entree I ordered the caprese salad –> tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella

Caprese Salad

And for my main I selected the “roast butternut pumpkin ravioli with sage cream and ameretti”

Ravioli

My boyfriend and I shared sides of chips with aioli and the rocket, fennel and parmesan salad.

Chips

Rocket salad

I underestimated how generous the servings would be (I usually find fine dining portion sizes are quite small) and we committed the sin of over ordering and being unable to finish all of our food.

With this being said, everything I ordered was gorgeous and tantalising.

I loved every meal that emerged, including the bread with olive oil and olives at the start.

A meal like this isn’t complete without dessert.

So we shared the Vanilla panna cotta with strawberries, blueberries and mint and the Crème brûlée – needless to say they were both creamy, indulgent and melted in my mouth.

Crème brûlée

Vanilla Panna Cotta

 

The Italian is an institution and it’s not hard to see why.

The service was attentive and friendly (without being pretentious) and the atmosphere was relaxing.

I will definitely be back when I can!

Vegetarian options: 4/10
Food: 8.5/10
Decor/interior: 9/10
Service: 8/10
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Orange

19 Jul

I heard about Orange through the trusted Broadsheet restaurant directory (download the app if you have an iPhone/Pad – it’s perfect on the run when you are in an unfamiliar suburb and you’re hungry!).

I dined at Orange after returning from Europe and I must say, it simply felt like I had walked into another gorgeous, old world Parisian cafe!

The wooden furniture, the dark and moody atmosphere and the jazz music gave me de ja vu.

Anyway on to the food.

There weren’t many vegetarian options in the mains section of the lunch menu, however there were a few options in the entrees and most of the starters/grazing options are vegetarian and would make a great tapas lunch.

I had freshly squeezed orange juice with the potato gnocchi –> tomato, basil, basil, balsamic reduction

Potato Gnocchi

and a side of truffled mash potato.

Truffled Mash

The food was nice and satisfying.

The meals I picked contained all of the ingredients I love, however there was something missing that I can’t quite put my finger on.

It missed that certain je ne se quoi that gives food its wow factor.

If I head back I will be keen to try some of the grazing options which look great but I didn’t get a chance to try. Also they had an all day breakfast menu which admittedly looked like it had some great food on it.

Vegetarian options: 7/10
Food: 6.5/10
Decor/interior: 8/10
Service: 8/10

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