Friday, 13 July 2007

Cellar Bar

A floor below Melbourne’s renowned Grossi Florentino, Cellar Bar is the place to go for Armani pasta at Studio Italia prices. Unless you come ultra early or late, you’re generally perched on high bar stools eating off the bench. Tolerate the altitude, you’ll be rewarded with Italian goodies when your plate arrives. OssoBuco, a piece of lamb shank the size of Ronnie Coleman’s thigh miraculously stays in the confines of the plate atop polenta mash, drowned in a rich tomato puree infused with carrot, onion, rosemary, garlic and parsley. Mop it up with the meat which easily surrenders itself from the bone. Ingredients of peas, pepper, garlic, butter and cream makes a delicious sauce? Sure does, add some penne and pan-fried chicken thigh fillet cubes to finish. My favourite is the Bugs Bunny Ragu Pappardelle. Thick ribboned fettuccine are immersed in a reduced tomato, mushroom and red wine sauce with tender pieces of Waskety Wabbit. I went thumper mad first time. With its grand Italian bohemian feel, smart wine list and fine coffee, you’re compelled to park yourself in the casual, relaxed atmosphere. I’m worried here won’t be enough rabbit next time, but I’m sure Guy has Elmer’s digits.

3.5 / 5 yums!


Where? 80 Bourke St, Melbourne

What? Average main - $15

Left to Right : OssoBuco, creamed spinach, rabbit pappardelle, penne with spicy sausages, penne with chicken and pea sauce

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