Situated near the waterfront in St Kilda this place has a beautiful ambiance especially if you come here near sunset.
Having been awarded a chef hat by The Age good food guide, this was a place I
anticipated on trying for a while. Specializing in Modern Italian, the menu was
full of pastas and risottos.
As a starter I got the Oysters natural and Salt and Pepper Calamari. The
Oysters were fresh and creamy. Salt and Pepper Calamari were nicely seasoned
and fried just perfectly. They weren't over fried or oily which was nice to see
for a change (far too many places serves calamari dripping in oil these days)
served with aioli it was a good way to start the meal.
For mains I got the Waygu Ragu Pappardelle and the prime cut Steak. The
pappardelle lacked the richness I like in a good pasta sauce but the flavors
did work well. Personally I think it would have worked better with a
thinner/smaller pasta. The actual pasta took the attention away from the sauce.
However my partner liked the Ragu just the way it was, so I guess it really
comes down to your preference in pasta sauce richness.
The Steak was nicely cooked but a tad disappointing. I still find the steak at
Meat Wine & Co. and City Grill Room to be the winners of restaurants in
this caliber. The wine jus and chips were good though. Personally the Bearnaise
did nothing for me.
There was also pork belly with baby carrots and a grain side. Nothing that blew my mind. The pork belly was cooked nicely but the flavours were very ordinary.
ordered their signature dish, the Seafood Linguine and I got to try this. Of
the 3 mains I tried this was my favourite and I can understand why it's their
signature. The pasta was just al dente which was good to see and the seafood
was a fresh selection.
ordered a range of sides but nothing was outstanding. If you really had to pick
a side to order I would recommend the roast pumpkin with feta and almond.
13/20 a disappointment overall. I fail to see where the chef hat comes
in. For the price point that is pitched, I don’t rate this place at all.