So over the summer holidays a lot of thing happened so i got a little side track. Though have no fear I have a lot of reviews lined up as I've eaten at lots of different places in the last few months.
First one I will start off with is Bottega.
This is a small restarant located on Bourke St in Melbourne. I actually didn't know that much about this place prior to my visit. I merely saw it on my ET book and decided it was worth a try. Have to say I had little expectations so I did leave as a happy person!
Had the lunch special
First up on the menu:
Pancetta wrapped scallops, truffled mash, sauce vierge
The scallop was cooked just right. This is important for me as the taste of overcooked scallop is like chewing on rubber! The mash was a nice change as the texture of it was quite different to the scallop giving a very different appeal to usual scallop dishes. Lastly the sauce vierge gave it just that little kick. Wasn't a bad dish overall. Would go back and have this again!
Next, there was the char-grilled scotch fillet with fresh horseradish, percorino and parsley salad. Have to say I've only eaten horseradish a handful of times and it's not exactly my fav sauce. I can't say this is something I would order again. The steak was a bit overcooked for my liking. The parsley was lacking. Wasn't quite a salad but also wasn't enough for me to overlook the blandness in the steak. However the cheese was a very different approach. I have to say it wasn't a bad effort. If there was a few more tweaks to this dish, it could become a fav for me. But for now... not quite there yet in my books.
Lastly there was suckling lamb, sage, sweetbread, eggplant parmigiana. Good mixture of flavours but just a little heavy handed with the salt. The lamb was tender. Not a bad effort but needs sides to balance the flavors a bit.
Overall: Not your typical menu so it's a nice change. The atmosphere was quite cozy. 3/5
Pricing: Not badly price especially with the ET card. Won't exactly call it a cheap eat though. $$$