So we ended up where we normally go in these situations - Church Street Enoteca. There's certainly a new menu and it is a good sign when you have difficulty in ordering because there's just so many things you want to try.
After much negotiation we settled on the following to begin:
I think it's physically impossible for us to see Burrata on the menu and not order it and this particular dish lived up to our expectations. Simple classical flavours using top notch ingredients, you can't ask for more than that.
The "Del mercato" section remains on the menu - this lists the daily specials and this dish is from that section. This is a rich, luxurious and intensely flavoured dish - there are no wishy washy flavours here.
This is from the regular menu - quite a generous sized dish but the way the ingredients all work so well together makes it very easy to eat.
This is an entree serving - we decided over this dish that it would be something we could happily order for my mother knowing she'd enjoy it, that is just about the highest compliment we can ever give a Bolognese style pasta dish.
This is an entree serving - the cavatelli had a lovely silken texture and aroma of truffle.
A tart fails or succeeds on the quality of its pastry and this one was a success - beautifully short and buttery it almost melts in your mouth.
A dish that leaves you wanting seconds - fluffy fritters served with an excellent semi freddo and anglaise
What's particularly impressive about tonight is that new chef Vas isn't quite in the kitchen as yet - he will be there come Monday but it's a very good sign that the kitchen produced such excellent food.
Church Street Enoteca
527 Church Street, Richmond
Phone: 9428 7898
Lunch: Monday-Friday 12-3pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 6pm to late