3-5 Fitzroy street
T: 9534 9666
There are very few places on Fitzroy street, St Kilda that I have loved instantly but Sapore is definitely an exception. D and I went there for dinner on a Sunday night to find a full house and was lucky enough to get the last table. The last available table happened to be the cutest little love seat on a cosy corner so we could sit side by side.
The staff were extremely attentive and made sure we had menus straightaway, knew when we were ready to order and made sure our glasses were never empty. A breath of fresh air compared to our last dinner venture at “Dish” which left a lot to be desired, more on that on another post.
A seasonal menu especially crafted by head chef Simon Moss makes the best of Melbourne’s fresh produce. Sunday night offered dinner course specials with wine however we could not go past the a la carte menu. While we waited for our meals we nibbled on freshly baked sour dough bread, which came out of the kitchen piping hot.
I had the duck ‘tre modi’ with Sicilian cabbage salad, slowed cooked onions and jus gras. A wonderful dish with duck cooked two ways, a blue cheese mousse contrasted by a crunchy cabbage salad with pine nuts.
D went with the fish of the day; pan seared halibut with grilled prawns, baby spinach and swede puree. Normally he allows me more than a bite but this dish was apparently too good to share, not that I could blame him. The skin was crispy and the flesh still moist and full of flavour.
On the side we had a warm salad of farro, cucumber, nuts, lemon and salted ricotta; perfect for a winters night. Unfortunately we did not leave room for dessert but I know I will be back here again and again so wasn’t worried
Sapore is fantastic in all aspects and definitely deserving of all its rave reviews.
11 Degraves street
T: 9639 1860
A real gem to be discovered on Degraves, Lacitta is a cosy yet elegant restaurant with exceptional food and an extensive range of wines.
D and I had a the fortune of coming across this place while wondering along the alleyways of Melbourne city looking for somewhere to grab dinner after work.
The menu is modern european and offered a great selection of dishes; from fish to slow roasted lamb shoulder. However the greatest surprise is to learn that Lacitta offers some of the greatest pastas in Melbourne that I have ever tasted.
Potato and carrot gnocchi with rosemarry and lamb ragu; slow cooked lamb with fluffy pillows of pasta.
Squid ink pappardelle with king prawns and cherry tomato; perfectly cooked pasta with the taste of the sea in every bite balanced with sweet prawn flesh and tomatoes. Make sure you try this place at least once.
326 Lygon street
T: 9347 8482
Part of the D.O.C family, Carlton Espresso is my favourite Italian restaurant on Lygon Street hands down. There coffee is always fantastic, the atmosphere is very relaxed and the place is buzzing with people who share meals on long communal tables. Having said that, all of the D.O.C restaurants are exceptional and expanding to new locations like Mornington it seems.
It was the perfect place to meet up with girlfriends, H and MR, after work for a casual dinner.
H and I happened to get there a little earlier than MR and while sipping on our drinks a waiter brought over a tasting platter courtesy of the house. It was a lovely gesture and we got to nibble on tasty olives, crumbly cheese and gourmet crackers.
Italian beer and lemon ice tea.
MR had the farro salad with rocket, vegetable and fresh ricotta.
The lasagne at Carlton Espresso is one of my favourites, using fresh pasta and generous layers of beef bolognese.
H had her favourite dish too, the spaghetti pomodoro with san marzano tomato and fresh bazil.