This is an honest review about this restaurant's food. However, before you decide to attend this restaurant based on this review, please read my most recent review in regards to their service
When you hear people talking about Italian restaurants in Melbourne, for some reason you never hear them mention Church St. Enoteca. Surrounded by designer furniture stores and Imported Car stores which stock cars that cost more than I could ever afford. The restaurant is set in an old car showroom itself, but has had a magnificent make over, which is now a beautiful room to dine.
I've been to Church St. Enoteca many times now and there's many reasons as to why I return. The service is friendly and attentive, the prices are very reasonable and most importantly, the food is simply stunning!
Now, you'll have to forgive me, because I have been a bit lazy and when I took these photos, it was actually a couple of months ago, so I can't remember exactly what we ordered, but I'll do my best to remember.
First up we were offered a tasting spoon, compliments of the kitchen. Unfortunately, I can't remember exactly what it was, but I'm pretty sure it was a Scallop Ceviche. I do remember that it was tasty though.
For Entree, we always order the Anti Pasto Della Casa plate to share ($24), which tickles every different taste bud in your mouth- it's so good. It contains things like Baby Beets with Goats Curd, Deep Fried Olives (this things are amazing!), Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped with Basil and Prosciutto, Deep Fried Cheese (I think it was Fontina cheese), a chopped up mix of traditional Italian cold meats (this kind of looks like Pate) and there's also a Octopus Salad.
For mains I had the tastiest Blue Eye, which was served on perfectly cooked Lemon Risotto. I can't believe how many restaurants do Risotto so badly, but this place does it spot on. On the side are little deep fried balls of Mud Crab and the whole lot is drizzled with Lemon infused Olive oil.
Rach had the Whole, Deep Fried Snapper, served on Italian Vegetables. Once again, perfectly cooked and so, so tasty!
I apologise for the lack of detail in this review, unfortunately I forgot all about writing the review, but hopefully the photographs of the beautifully fresh, well presented, delicious food, speak for themselves. Church St. Enoteca is by far my favourite Italian restaurant in Melbourne and let me tell you Fifteen can only hope to one day cook Italian food as good as this!
Modern Italian Flavours, with Art Deco Surrounds