And it’s a…..GOAL!
The waxed wood interior of the Cellar Bar is a beautiful narrow space straight out of la dolce vita Italy but note that it is really only suitable for intimate dates for two or single diners. As we were four we sat outside in faux-Spring weather on Bourke Street.
The simple one page menu is straight-down the line Italian and we were all very happy with our choices. My fleshy grilled sardines ($18) were wrapped in prosciutto, breadcrumbs and pinenuts and the saltiness contrasted well with the sweetness of couscous studded with raisins. RM’s dish of pumpkin tortellini ($18) contained pockets of caramelised pumpkin puree slipping around a crispy sage and burnt butter sauce. My friends tell me that the gnocchi with gorgonzola was a creamy delight ($16) and the day’s special of penne with chicken was rustic and hearty ($18).
Desserts were equally impressive – spongy sticky date pudding served with a dollop of cream ($8.50), an artistically decorated round of chocolate mousse ($8.50) and a generous slab of not-too-alcoholic tiramisu ($10).
Our dinner was immensely enjoyable and good value for money compared to the Grill – the total of a main course pasta, dessert and a beer/glass of wine was equivalent to the price of one main course at the Grill and the food comes out from the same kitchen. I know which Grossi restaurant I’ll be going back to.