There's always that bit of fear that expectations won't be realised when there's a year or two between visits of a place you loved. But fear not Cicciolinas is not only as busy as ever (the back bar packed to the rafters) it's still delivering on the delicious food that made it so famous.
The blue swimmer crab souffle was smooth & light but jam packed with chunks of sweet crab all sitting in a seafood bisque that's been spiked with a little cream and soft herbs. A definite must try.
A delicate spinach/basil sauce was smeared over the top of a large portion of perfectly cooked grass fed eye fillet. It sat on top of a tender confit potato on a plate of sauce made from a redwine reduction. A classic steak dish done to perfection.
Recommended dessert was a textbook sticky date pudding; moist sweet & textured - but unless you're desperately craving a sticky date pudding go for one of the other sweets.
This proven institution isn't resting on it's laurels and is still delivering good food, wine and service - i won't be waiting another year till I re-visit next time.
4 / 5 yums!
Where? 130 Acland St, St Kilda, VIC
What? $17 Entrees, $36 Mains, $15 Desserts