After arriving in Melbourne (and having followed my Uncle’s instructions not to eat before the flight) we headed to Chapel Street and stopped in at Mulatta for dinner, an Italian restaurant opposite Windsor train station. The narrow, dimly lit restaurant had a homely feel, with old Italian songs softly playing in the background adding to its authenticity. Our waitress – and her beautiful Italian accent – were delightful. I ordered from the specials board – tagliatelle in a cream sauce with porcini mushrooms. My Uncle had the fluffy gnocci in a buttery sauce and my Aunty had a light and thin pizza. We also shared a lovely bottle of Italian chianti. For dessert we shared the homemade tiramisu and a crunchy fig pastry pocket with strawberries and a rich chocolate sorbet. If only the lighting was better for photos so I could show you!
After spending my first day exploring, by late afternoon I was eager to sit down and take a load off. Conveniently I arrived at Buddha’s Belly at happy hour. What a lucky accident! I sat at a table out the front as the sun slowly drifted towards the horizon. Time had escaped me and I hadn’t had lunch and so, not wanting to spoil dinner, I went straight for the ‘light snack’ section of the menu. I had a delicious pumpkin, caramelised onion and mushroom soft shell taco. At just a few bites it’s the perfect size.. and so good that I had seconds! Although they have a couple of other tacos on the menu, my friendly waiter tells me this is the best one.
Having settled in after a few drinks, and feeling quite cosy under the outdoor heater, it was time for to check out the Thursday night parma-rama $10 dinner deals. I had the ‘Veg Out’ which is a grilled zucchini, eggplant, roasted capsicum and mushroom ‘schnitzel’ with napoli sauce and mozzarella cheese, served with salad and crinkle cut chips. YUM! So damn good, and such a great price!
Early Friday evening we stopped in at Basque Tapas and Wine for some a glass of temperanillo with some plump and juicy olives and bread to nibble on. The charming Spanish waiter had a spark in his eye that I’m sure must bring the gals back for a little more attention! My Aunty has been to an event held at Basque and said the food is really good.
The night scene on Chapel Street is great as there are loads of restaurants and groovy bars, most with seating outside. Now that we are in Spring, I’m guessing these places will get rather busy as the weather heats up. Bravo Melbourne!