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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Lunch @ Enoteca Sileno

We're back for Sunday Lunch at Enoteca Sileno and the menu has definitely taken on a more wintery mood

We begin with a selection of assaggini

Chef special of the day - from left to right - polenta taragna with braised mushrooms and shaved parmesan, oxtail pie, grilled calamari and cannellini bean salad

the inside of the delicious oxtail pie

Baked marrowbone - a rarity on menus these days

Polpettini di manzo con polenta e parmigiano - traditional beef meatballs with soft polenta and shaved parmesan - I found this dish to be under-salted which is something I rarely say.

For mains:

I have the Cavolo Nero and Ricotta gnocchi served with a pork ragu - quite different to potato gnocchi, much firmer texture but still very enjoyable.

Paalo has the Mushroom Risotto with grilled quail and pancetta - Paalo finds the risotto bland and in need of salt.

Unlike our previous meals here, service was slack with wine glasses on empty a few times during the meal.

Cheese course - tallegio and testun di capra served with roasted almonds, dried figs and apricots, sliced pear, quince paste and toasted bread.

Onto desserts:

I have the Zuppa Inglese (Italian style trifle with sponge, rum, zibibbo vino liquoroso, chocolate and vanilla cream) which looks nothing like the version my mother makes but that isn't surprising. It is still quite delicious.

Paalo has the apple tart served with a coffee cream.

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



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