September 12, 2010
ALSO TRY #### very good
Han Sot Bab Korean Restaurant, 315 ### good
Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, 9532 ## average
7747. Mon-Fri, lunch; daily, dinner. abysmal
Come before or after a ﬁlm at the Classic
for dolsot bibimbap, a rice, vegetable
and egg dish served in a hot stone pot. THIS WEEK: NEAR THE CINEMA
Also popular here is the marinated beef
bulgogi and vegetarian dishes such as
the tofu japchae noodles. Service is Restaurant reviews by Dani Valent
speedy but, if you’re in a big rush, you
can call ahead to order.
Izakaya Hachibeh, 143-145 Bourke
Street, Melbourne, 9078 9909.
Mon-Fri, lunch; Mon-Sat, dinner.
Just around the corner from the Greater
Union Cinemas on Russell Street, this
Japanese saloon is a good bet for a fast
meal. The chef’s specials include garlic
and chilli prawns, deep-fried eggplant
with spicy meat sauce and tempura Simple and
soft-shell crab sushi rolls. There are charming: grilled
heaps of vegetarian dishes.
Chowhound, 235 High Street,
Northcote, 9486 5885. Breakfast,
Sat & Sun; lunch, Thurs-Sun; dinner,
Your biggest problem at this multi-culti
diner is that the serves are so generous.
For most people, the Westgarth Theatre
is 10 minutes’ stroll away. For someone
who’s just ﬁnished a plate of spaetzle
noodles with yummy ragu, the roly-poly
stagger might take longer.
INDULGE ###$ Cafe Terroni owner Joe Staropoli. That’s the vibe. Dark potatoes, which don’t need much ﬂour
Feed the man beef 18 Ballarat Street, Yarraville, 9687 8011 timber, exposed brick, hanging garlic and to bind and make for ﬂuffy dumplings.
Hospitality consultant Erez Gordon Licensed AE MC V Eftpos a row of chianti bottles are signals that Nestled in napoli, they’re a fabulous but
loves chianina beef from Isola farm Daily, 5.30pm-10pm the mission is to fulﬁl Italian restaurant unthreatening pleasure.
in Gippsland. “Chianina is an Italian Antipasto $6.90-$18.90, pasta $17.90- cliches rather than avoid them. The A roster of specials is important in
breed of cattle, a white steer, and the $21.90, mains $19.90-$29.90, desserts menu is skewed to the south of Italy. a restaurant that counts on its regulars.
beef is phenomenal,” he says. “It’s $9.90 Sweet-sour Sicilian tendencies are When I visited, a busy blackboard
fair dinkum meat ﬂavour, really beefy, expressed in the spaghetti trapanese with announced that those gnocchi were also
rich and intense. There’s no It’s 6.45pm. You have tickets to a 7.20pm almonds, sultanas and breadcrumbs. available with creamy gorgonzola and
wishy-washiness about this ﬁlm at the Sun Theatre. Popcorn is not There’s the Calabrian-style seafood grill, walnut. There’s also a daily risotto and
meat.” Gordon buys a going to see you through. Happily, Cafe a simple platter of ﬁsh, calamari and duck dish, roasted, partly boned then
10-kilogram bag of Terroni is a few doors down. Ravioli with prawns, ﬂavoured with olive oil, salt and ﬁnished to order. My juicy, tender duck
mixed cuts, when sage sauce, a glass of vino and out in not much else. It’s served with a bowl came with a clever, piquant sauce of
it’s available. 30 minutes? Easily done. Afterwards, pop of crisp roast potatoes. (An example of sour cherry and vinocotto (sweet grape
“The T-bone back for tiramisu and another Nebbiolo if a charming lack of guile occurred when syrup).
or scotch or you want to extend that happily-ever-after we considered sides. “I don’t think you’ll Desserts are uncomplicated. Banana
rib eye is really glow. Even if the ﬁlm is a cracker, you’re need anything,” said our waitress. “But and butterscotch crepes are shamelessly
good but the likely to look enviously at diners settled would you like more bread?”) sticky and indulgent. A textbook
secondary cuts are in for three courses because Cafe Terroni Joe and Angela Staropoli opened the blueberry pannacotta underlines the skill
really beefy too. Even the mince is a nice place to be, welcoming and keen restaurant two years ago. Joe’s mama that threads through Cafe Terroni but it’s
is great: the bolognaise I make to please. When I visited, a man arrived Tina still makes the gnocchi. (Tina also the warm heart, not the technique, that
out of this meat makes me look with a hankering for garlic prawns. They helps at her daughter’s restaurant, Cafe really impresses.
good.” aren’t on the menu. “But if you’ve got Cocca Nova in North Carlton). The
your heart set we can do them,” said gnocchi is fantastic, made with royal blue Tips and pans to firstname.lastname@example.org
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