Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dalmatino - Port Melbourne

Name: Dalmatino

Address: 280 Bay St
Port Melbourne 3207 VIC
Phone: (03) 9645 6584

Food: Croatian, European, Mediterranean
Average price: Entree: $17, Mains: $32, Dessert: $14

Complimentary: Fresh bread with oil

The bread was crusty and super soft on the inside.

We ordered lunch:

Entree: Ciabatta with Tuna, Spanish onion, Olive Paste, Tomato - $10.50

The bread was gorgeously crusty with a warm, fluffy centre. The balance of tuna, onion, olive and tomato was perfect. Light but full of flavour.

Chicken vegetable soup on polenta - $14.50

Anthie loved this. The chicken was super soft.

Mains: Home made Potato Dumplings (gnocchi) with Traditional Beef Ragu - $22

My dad has ordered this many times before. The gnocci is absolutely perfect - soft and chewy and melt in your mouth. The beef was very tender and the ragu was flavoursome and had depth.

Home made Potato Dumplings (gnocchi) with Asparagus, Truffle Oil and Cream - $22.00

Absolutely divine. Once again the gnocci was made to perfection. The cream sauce was rich without being overly heavy. The truffle oil is the first taste you get followed by a hint of crunchy asparagus and then the cream sauce. The only thing I would change would be to add a little more of the crunchy asparagus.

Grilled Baby Chicken with Sautéed Spinach, Pine nuts, Sultanas and Grape Sauce - $21.00

Ryan cooed over this. The chicken was beautifully soft whilst the sultanas and sauce gave sweetness in contrast to the nutty pine nuts and perfectly sauteed spinach. The flavours went well together.

Dessert: Knedle – crumbed dumplings with plum and sour cream - $12.00.

The plum sauce was a great texture and added a lovely tartness to compliment the sweetness of the dumplings. Unfortunately the dumplings were undercooked and were doughy to the point that it stretched like a dough and clogged up your mouth suffocating the delicate sour cream and punchy plum. Had they been cooked more it would have been a lovely light dessert.

Cost: $124 - 2 entrees, 4 mains, 1 desserts.

Service: Good. We had our orders taken quickly and our entree came out quickly. There was a little bit of a wait for the main but other than that service was friendly and we only had to ask once to have our water and oil (for bread) refilled.

Atmosphere: Casual. The overall feel is rather industrial with exposed bricks, ducts and lighting cables, however one wall sports white plaster with wooden panelling which gives off a very traditional eastern European feel. The lighting is quite dark and tables are separated by lines of san pellegrino. There is a fireplace and some wine stockpiles as well.

Parking: Ample - the main street has 1 hour parking restrictions but I think Little Bay st has plenty of parking.


Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat 8.30am-11pm, Sun 8.30am-4pm

Would I return: Yes. Good value for good food.

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