Sunday, December 27, 2009

Church St Enoteca - Richmond

Name:  Church St Enoteca

527 Church St
Richmond 3121 VIC

Phone: (03) 9428 7898

Food: ModOz, Italian
Average price: Entrée - $18-25, Main - $28-45, Dessert - $18-20

Complimentary: 2 slices of bread with olive oil.
Ryan loved it but it was a little oversalted for me. 

We ordered:

Entrée: Octopus slow cooked in olive oil, warm salad of chorizo and kipflers, parsley, garlic, lemon  - $24

The components were well cooked and although Ryan liked it he found it a little oily.

Battered zucchini flowers stuffed with marinated Persian feta, hazelnuts, watercress, 30 year old balsamic vinegar - $25

The crisp, crunchy zucchini was lovely but the cheese overwhelmed everything else, I couldn't even tast the balsamic. It was one dimensional due to the cheese.

sage butter, pine nuts, goat’s cheese, raisins, 30 year-old balsamic

Once again the cheese overpowered everything else. There was also too much butter, it pooled in the dish and I had to continuously wipe my mouth. The raisins added a much needed sweetness to cut through the cheese, butter and salt.

carrots, cavolo nero,spinach ball, lentils

Hubby raved at the tenderness of the duck breast and loved it as a whole. The only downside was that the skin was too salty. With three dishes a little salty for us we nicknamed it 'Salt Lake City'.

Desserts: PUDDING - $18
white chocolate and hazelnut with a liquid centre, banana mousse,
bitter chocolate sorbetto

This was pure sugar, I couldn't really taste anything apart from diabtetes-inducing sweetness.

raspberry – whiskey sauce, vanilla bean ice cream

This was gorgeous and fluffy with a great raspberry flavour. When we poured in the raspberry sauce however it was overkill and tasted synthetic.

Cost: $157 for 2 entrees, 2 mains and 2 desserts.

Service: Ok. The food came out fairly quickly except for the dessert and the bill took a while to arrive. Our waters ran out a few times.

Atmosphere: Noisy. The bar is beside the restaurant and therefore it can get quite noisy and feels more like a pub then a restaurant. The decor is lovely with vintage posters and wooden floors as has a casual, family friendly feel.

Parking: Limited.  The side streets are time limited or permit parking only and the main road fills up quickly.


Hours: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm

Would I return: No.

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