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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dinner @ Da Noi

After having been told countless times that we MUST eat here we finally bite the bullet and booked. Our table, courtesy of a cancelled booking.

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We're ushered upstairs - the restaurant is housed in a narrow Victorian, tables arranged chicane style to help traffic flow. The stairs are classic, extra narrow and steep.

Menu wise - there is a limited a la carte but the reason you come here is for the degustation. We also arrange for wines to be matched to the courses - the wine list is basically Italian.

We start the meal with a Prosecco and tomato foccacia is offered to the table to start the evening - Lauretana is the mineral water, makes a change from San Pellegrino.

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The first course is an array of antipasto dishes

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Picked Octopus (front) with Buffalo Mozzarella and Pesto (back)

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Vongole and Seared Calamari

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Buffalo Mozzarella and Pesto

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Zucchini Gratin

In the main photo to the top left hand side there are two other dishes - Tomato stewed Eggplant and Olive bread

The final dish in the antipasto set is a hot dish of boned roasted quail and poached egg

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Second Course is Pasta and for some strange reason the photo of this dish vanished. It was sardinian gnocchi, which is more akin to pasta than what you would consider gnocchi.

Third Course is Fish - a mix of sautéed fish and whole crab in a light tomato based sauce

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Fourth Course is Chicken - roasted chicken served on polenta with braised onions - the chicken was succulent it just melted from the bone

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Lastly dessert, which was a platter to share - ricotta cake, panna cotta and semifreddo

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The food was definitely worthy of it's reputation and the fact that is basically booked out is a testament to it's quality - just don't wait as long as we did to dine here!



The details:
Da Noi
95 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Phone: 03 9866 5975

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