Not particularly comfortable chairs, bare tables, bread, after we asked for it, served in unattractive metal bowls with a very small rectangle of butter. The long, narrow venue looking out over the Yarra at Flinders St. Station and the city hasn't changed and, despite the paintings, doesn't have the feel of a place at which you would like to sit and relax over a long meal.
After some explanations from our waiter who perhaps took an instant dislike to us, we placed our orders and were served quite quickly.
French onion soup , gruyere toast & croutons - $19 was better than most served at French restaurants but the bread in it was totally soggy, there was not enough Gruyere and the croutons could not be found, Still the taste was very good, and there was plenty of onion.
Baked lamb koftas ( middle eastern meatballs) with tomato, egg & pinenuts - $21.5 an outstanding dish. We asked the waiter to find out what spices were in it but he forgot to come and tell us. The fine mince is bought, already spiced, from Turkish butchers and WWW add pine nuts a touch of coriander and possibly other things to produce a tasty, texturally varied meat ball, the pine nuts go specially well and the accompanying tomato and egg go together really well
For mains we had curried seafood pie, homemade puff pastry, crushed peas & kaffir lime - $36.5
Roast chicken with pancetta, mushroom risotto & truffle oil - $37 was a very ordinary chicken breast on a SUPERB risotto. For dessert we could not go past the raspberry souffle, raspberry sauce with vanilla & coconut ice cream (made to order) - $22 Despite being dominated by the raspberry sauce, and very sweet, it was extremely light and also combined well with the coconut ice cream. They offer some very inexpensive meals - $22 for a main course and a glass of wine, which looked like a very good pre theatre deal.