Mare Blue, 367 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. 8415 0898Wandering down Brunswick St on the weekend, I was surprised to see a new restaurant had popped up, an Italian one as well. The place is called Mare Blue. The opening page on their menu says that they want to change the way that a lot of people view Italian Food. Apparently it's not all about the pizza and pasta dishes, so they're here to show us the diversity of Italian Food.
It was almost 3pm and we hadn't had lunch yet, so we thought that we'd give the place a go. We noticed that there were 3 lunch specials available- Bolognese, Veal Saltimbocca and Fish of the day with wine sauce. All are served with a Salad and a glass of Vino or Soft Drink.
I ordered the Fish of the Day, which turned out to be Salmon steaks, while Rach ordered the Veal.
The Salmon was quite nice, cooked all the way through, none of this 'pink in the middle' business for these guys. It could have been cooked a little less, but it was OK. As for the White Wine sauce, it may have been cooked in the sauce, but they forgot to actually serve the fish with any. I'm not sure if this was on purpose or not. Don't get me wrong though, the fish was very nice, albeit, slightly over cooked and lacking sauce.
The Salad, was very Italian and very fresh. I did like the fact that they serve the salad with a bottle of Olive Oil and Balsamic, so you can add extra dressing if you like. I liked.
Rach's Saltimbocca was a completely different story, there was lots of sauce which was full of fresh tomato, the veal was perfectly cooked and overall it's was fantastic! I tasted the Veal and loved it. I think it's something you'd find straight out of the Silver Spoon cookbook. Very authentic.
The staff here are lovely, the chef himself bought our meals out, to help the waitress carry everything. Afterwards, the staff were very eager to make sure we enjoyed our meals.
The prices here are very reasonable, especially for Brunswick St, where almost everywhere seems to be overpriced.
I'm looking forward to returning to Mare Blue, to check out what else they have on offer. Overall not a bad start for a brand new restaurant.