I chanced upon this restaurant on a local foodie website when looking for a dinner place on a weekday night as most of the restaurants in the region were only opened for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays in this early spring season. The location was easy to find as it was on the main street on Point Nepean Road, Tootgraook. There was some parking at the side of the restaurant. The restaurant was standalone, white and smallish from the front but actually longish with more tables inside and very cosy. The menu was simple and service was swift and extremely friendly. We had a bruschetta appetizer dish to share - it was huge. 2 gigantic pieces of bread with a generous spread of pesto sauce and olive oil. Tomatoes were chucky and fresh and genuinely sweet. I know that we were up to something very special after I tasted the appetizer dish. Wow and we were not disappointed…In fact, we were extremely surprised with the quality of the food we were being served. I had the tiger prawn linguine pasta – 8 perfectly cooked huge tiger prawns with al dente linguine tossed in rich and tasty tomato sauce. The portion was so big that I had to divide out my food to my companions. We also had the bamarrandi fillet which was also a sizeable portion with tomato and basil salsa and the roasted pumpkin risotto with parmesan cheese flakes. I don’t normally like risotto but I must say that I was won over this time – never had expected that it could be this tasty and my guess is that it must be the stock used for the cooking. By now, we were highly satisfied customers as no one was speaking and everyone was concentrating on his/ her own food which was a positive sign that the food was hitting all the right notes. We then selected 2 desserts to share – the vanilla bean panna cotta with berries and the sticky date pudding with vanilla bean ice-cream and butterscotch sauce. Again, I am never a panna cotta fan and won over once again. Very smooth and fragrant with vanilla beans. The highlight for me was really the sticky date pudding – the right level of sweetness from the butterscotch sauce just soaking lightly into the warm spongy pudding and you can still see the fibrous dates showing through the pudding. Completely satisfied. Even more surprising is that there was only one person in the kitchen itself ie the Italian chef, cooking out all this storm for us and food came out on time, warm and delicious. A lot of food outlets have lots to learn from this small restaurant ….Extremely pleased that we found this little charming outfit – nothing fancy, just fresh and well-executed simple food.
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