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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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Cafe Fidama

2 Jun

Cafe Fidama is an institution in Yarraville.

It was the first place to bring good, quality food to the area and is responsible for Yarraville turning into the cultural hub that it currently is.

I’ve never been disappointed with this place, so naturally this visit was no different.

Veg heads aren’t overwhelmed with options, however the veg options they do provide are always delicious.

The best thing about this place is that they bake their own bread daily and man oh man can you taste the difference.

For my entree I ordered the pan fried Spanish olives

And for my main I chose one of the specials, the hand made gnocchi with a tomato, eggplant and parmesan sauce

The gnocchi was beautiful and a nice change from the gnocchi with butternut sauce that I usually order.

To be honest, the gnocchi combination is all of my favourite things so I had nothing to complain about!

The olives were also tasty, however could have done with some chili perhaps to accompany it.

As I said, I always enjoy Fidama and look forward to my next visit.

Vegetarian options: 4/10
Food: 8/10
Decor/interior: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Cafe Fidama on Urbanspoon