10Micheal F •
23 Mar 2015
Been here a few times but had a superb meal here last month (February 2015) that inspired this review. The food could not be faulted - humbly delicious & warmly considered. No gratuitously exotic but otherwise boring ingredients or pretentiously 'adventurous' dishes on the menu, but plenty of nonetheless interesting dishes that made choosing quite difficult.
For entrees we had Duck Tortellini, Fusili with zucchini flowers & cherry tomatoes, Chicken Liver pate and Gnocchi Saltimboca. We shared entree's around the table - each one excellent. The gnocchi was fresh & pillowy soft that melted in your mouth. Usually I hate gnocchi - stodgey starchy glue to me. Not this one - this was really fecking good. The tortellini was fresh and superb. Mains were also superb. Two of us had the fillet of beef, cooked perfectly rare with a jus atop spinach and mash. Sounds ordinary - it bloody wasn't.
Service was excellent & staff were warm and accommodating - even whipped up a spaghetti for the little. Italian Sommelier Ricardo really knew his Italian wine, I recommend the Nebbiolo he selected & imported it himself.
Aside from the food & the service, one of the best things about the night was the fact that we could hear ourselves talk - even on a Saturday night. Pretty rare these days. This is a good, solid place for a reliably good night out with friends. Not up its own a***, just fantastic food, warm unpretentious service and a really pleasant atmosphere.
A comment on John Dory's review below - I agree that this isn't an 'artistic' or 'adventurous' sort of place that you are going to boast to your fashionable gastro friends about - and it isn't trying to be. It's just bloody good food at a reasonable price. This is the kind of place for when you just want to go out and get a decent feed at a decent price and have a pleasant conversation with the missus. I for one will definitely be back.