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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


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


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


Grilled Eggplant filled with buffalo and smoked mozzarella

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

Onto mains:


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


The lamb is perfectly cooked - tender and full flavoured.


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.


Side: broccolini with garlic and toasted crumbs

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


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

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

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

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

closed Good Friday & Easter Monday



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