Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Introduction: Established almost 80 years ago this is one of Melbournes finest Italian restaurants at Bourke St.
Ambience: The restaurant has a sort of 'old world' atmosphere induced by the wood panelled walls with their antique style lamps.
Service: Seemed to be at two levels an experienced and attentive older group and a young overenthusiastic younger group who went about their duties with a relentless disregard for whatever was happening at the table.
Food: This is largely what I came for and I was not disappointed.
My tripe entree cooked to tender perfection could not have been better. The duck and wild mushroom filled tortellini with duck jus and caeamelised pear also excellent. Unfortunately the dry aged 250 day grain fed Angus beef was sold out and with apologies we ended up with a T bone steak which was extremely ordinary. The other main course tho was superb. The Glenloth pigeon, boned and filled with savoury pork and veal farce, roasted and served with grappa scented jus with white bean puree and scattered white lentils was so good my mouth waters at the thought of it.
Wine: They have a 19 page wine list starting at about $50 a bottle with lots to choose from about $80 a bottle. there is also a modest selection by the glass at about $15.
Comment: Apart from the a' la carte menu, which is due to change shortly, there is a tasting menu "Il Menu del Buongustaio" at $155/head or $225 with selected wines. it looks really good and I'll certainly have it next time if I can
Price: Most entrees are about $38. Mains, except Wagu and the Angus, $48 and desserts about $24. Tea or coffee is $8.