Saturday, October 31, 2009

Centonove - Kew

Name: Centonove
109 Cotham Rd
Kew 3101 VIC

Phone: (03) 9817 6468

Average price: Entree: $18-22, Mains: $29-36, Dessert: $13-14

Complimentary: Bread with olive oil and marinated olives.

The bread was nice and spongy whilst the oil was light. The olives were marinated in lemon, chilli, oregano and oil.

We ordered dinner:

Entree: Bruschetta with broad bean puree and 24 month old Parma Prosciutto - $18

Ryan enjoyed this. Great balance of flavours.

Pizza with confit potato, Asiago fondue and black truffle - $18

The base was that perfect balance between crispy and fluffy. The potato was as tender as it could be with a delightful, thin cheesy skin. The smattering of truffle was just enough to impart that beautiful, earthy aroma. It is a huge portion for an entree and it did mean I couldn't eat much of the subsequent dishes.

Drinks: Stella Beer - $8

Mains: Parmesan and pistachio crumbed veal scallopine with Italian buffalo mozarella an lemon bread crumbs - $33

Ryan liked this - he liked the crumb coating. The meat was tender and succulent.

Pan fried fillet of snapper with kipfler potatoes and an orange, fennel and wild olive salad - $34

The snapper was overcooked and was therefore a little tough and chewy. The potatoes were also overcooked and dry, I don;t feel they went with the dish. The salad was lovely enough, fresh and zingy. In the end though this hinged on the fish being cooked well and it wasn't.

Dessert: Steamed chocolate pudding with ice cream and caramel sauce - $14

Ryan liked this but found the chocolate pudding a touch dry, had it been a little more moist he would have loved it.

Zuppa Anglaise - trifle of raspberries, raspberry sherry jelly, cream, sponge and almonds - $14

The raspberry tartness helps to cut through the lusciously thick vanilla flecked cream and sweet sponge. The raspberry jelly then comes through followed by the crunchy flaked almonds. A nice enough trifle, nothing extraordinary but nothing wrong with it.

Cost: $131 - for two entrees, two mains, two desserts, and 1 drink.

Service: Great. Food has never arrived so fast before. The water was always filled and we got our cheque seconds after we asked for it.

Atmosphere: Chilled but classy. The decor is dark, modern and elegant with a large chandelier, marble topped bar and pieces of marble in the red concrete floor. It is a little on the cramped side, especially if you have a table right next to the bar.

Parking: Ample - there is decent street parking.


Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm

Would I return: Maybe - for a local place it was OK.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good. I especially like the look of all the yummy chocolate stuff.


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