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“A touch of Italy”

Marinara Cafe and Restaurant
Ranked #279 of 4,635 Restaurants in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Fully license
Reviewed September 26, 2012

A relatively new venue on the Paddington scene but an extremely welcome one. My wife and I had dinner there on 17 September, a Monday but the restaurant was packed on this usually slow night; which speaks volumes for it's popularity. The wait staff are very attentive and informative with beaming smiles all round. The menu is on a blackboard and is reasonably extensive with staff ready to explain what some of the names mean; for example, "Don Carlo" is actually a spicy prawn and fettucine dish, which was excellent by the way. My wife chose a simple lasagne and declared it the best she has ever eaten, high praise indeed from a notoriously fussy diner. Incidentally, during a pitstop she ventured through the kitchen and discovered the lasagne chef was an Asian gentleman! The decor, food, friendly service and ambience is very reminiscent of many a country trattoria in Italy. Unlicenced, at the moment, with $5 a bottle byo corkage fee. Excellent coffee, with delightful aromas wafting through the rooms.

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Thank Ray D
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

What a lovely setting and evening, felt like we were in Europe. Pasta was superb and friendly and efficient staff. Relaxed and casual atmosphere but quality food. Loved it.

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Thank Cat K
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Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

I ate here a month ago. I didn't have a very good experience with the food. I had the risotto and i found it to be very salty and the risotto was mushy and was too thick. It was very disappointing.They were however very hospitable.

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Lucked into this little Paddington cafe for lunch and it was so good we had to go back for dinner. The mushroom risotto was out of this world. When I dream of Australia, those dreams will feature koalas and Marinara's risotto!

Thank Tatiryan
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Overall a very good dining experience that exceeded expectations. Food was actually very good, with the dish of the night a special request from one of our party for pasta carbonara that was not even listed on the menu. Very tasty with additional depth from the smoky flavour from Italian mushrooms - put it on the menu lads! The veal scallopini was as good. The night was made all the more enjoyable by the very amusing, yet efficient, Italian accented waiting staff who made quite an impression with the ladies. Fortunately, the pending rubgy kickoff and the need to walk to Suncorp Stadium got such matters back on track.

Thank SilverFlyer09
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