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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lunch @ Enoteca Vino Bar

With Christmas coming, it's time to stock up on some Italian goodies at Enoteca Sileno and while we are here, we might as well grab some lunch at the Vino Bar!

As usual we begin with some items from the assaggini menu


At the front - Il Mongettino peperoncino ripieno e fritto (Crumbed Mongettino Chilli Peppers stuffed with anchovies and capers) - In the middle - Crocchette di Melanzane e mozzarella affumicata con salsa di pomodorini (Eggplant and smoked mozzarella croquette with roasted cherry tomato sauce) - at the back - Baccala mantecato all'olio extra vergine d'oliva su polenta alla griglia (Salted cod and Caroli Extra Virgin Olive Oil mousse on grilled polenta disc)

A better view of the Baccala mantecato

Vitello Tonnato con mele saltate, sedano giovane e capperi - Poached veal with sauteed apple, young celery leaves and capers served with tuna emulsion

This is probably one of the best vitello tonnato we've enjoyed - the veal was incredibly tender, almost like pate in consistency.

For mains:

Lonza di vitello in padella con verza brasata, insalata di carciofi e salsa ai porcini - Pan roasted veal loin with braised Savoy cabbage, artichoke salad and porcini sauce

Paalo throughly enjoyed his wonderfully tender veal - you could cut it with a butter knife.

Agnolotti di antra della casa su creama al porri con pinoli tostati, porri fritti e olio tartufato - House made duck agnolotti on a bed of creamed leek with toasted pine nuts, crispy leeks and white truffle oil

A really lovely dish, the agnolotti were surprisingly light showing a deft touch to the pasta making. The truffle oil would teasingly waft up between mouthfuls.

we couldn't go past ordering a side of peas and pancetta!

For desserts we decided on try a couple of cakes

Panettone pudding - Paalo has enjoyed this before and can't seem to go past it!

I opted for something different - semolina cake topped with red wine poached pears

The details:

Enoteca Vino Bar

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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