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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Lunch @ Enoteca Sileno

We had intended to lunch at La Luna - unfortunately it was filled to the brim with people taking advantage of the last day of the melbourne food and wine festival's lunch express deal - so we headed up the road to the Enoteca.

We mull over the menu with glasses of 'Zeta" Brut di Conegliano Prosecco and these, Olive Regionali

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Taggiasche and Cerignola olives warmed with garlic, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary and chilli.

We decide to share a few of the assaggini and to drink, a bottle of 2000 Adanti Sagrantino di Montefalco

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At the top is the Tasting Plate of Bruschetta - from left to right; tomato and basil, caramelised onions and tapenade, white bean puree with capers and lastly, anchovies

On the bottom is a special of the day: Seared Scallop on Pea Puree, Fresh Crab on toasted brioche, Deep fried bacala on caramelised onions

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Grilled Eggplant filled with buffalo and smoked mozzarella

All the assaggini are delicious - simple flavours but superbly executed with top quality ingredients.

Onto mains:

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Paalo has the Lamb Sirlion, served on orzo with lardo topped mushrooms

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The lamb is perfectly cooked - tender and full flavoured.

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I have the special ravioli - filled with cabbage, parmesan and ricotta and served with a ragu of wild boar. It may not look the greatest but the ragu was fabulously rich as it should be, the pasta was light and cooked correctly.

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Side: broccolini with garlic and toasted crumbs

Since we have a bit of red wine left we order cheese - imported Italian Toma

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As this has become one of those lazy day long lunches we do order dessert:

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Panettone semifreddo with candied fruit and orange vincotto - it tastes exactly like a panettone, delicious and not too heavy.

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Tiramisu - excellent ratio of marscarpone to savoiardi.


We were quite impressed with the quality of dishes offered - they aren't trying to do anything too fancy but relying on the produce and the solid traditional cooking to speak for themselves. 


The Details:

Enoteca Sileno

920 Lygon Street, Carlton
corner of Lygon and Richardson Streets
Phone: 03 9389 7070

Open:
Monday: 8am - 4pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 8am - Late
Sunday: 9am - 5pm

closed Good Friday & Easter Monday

web:
http://www.enoteca.com.au

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