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Thursday, 10 May 2007

A Blessing in Disguise

What a wonderful restaurant! Michael had said that the few times that he went in the past the experience was great. But not being a huge fan of Italian fine dining, I was a bit skeptical. We organized Cafe Di Stasio early Tuesday night for a catch up with our dear friend, who was down from Sydney, and before our James Morrison show.

As it turned out, James Morrison’s concert was cancelled. So it was a blessing in disguise because I would rather spend time with my friend than see James Morrison…

The bow-tied white jacket clad waiters were attentative, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The specials were extensive and recited with pride by the waiters. The wine list was expensive :P In the end, we settled for a French Island Vineyards Pinot Gris ($56!!) – light, citrus, and slightly bitter. Should have ordered the
Medhurst Rose, which would have been brilliant.

We settled for the following selection

A dozen of natural oysters with wedges of lemon to share
Mixed Salad with chargrilled seafood

Chargrilled Eye fillet with truffle oil and a roasted tomato
Pasta of the Day – Angel Hair with pesto and scallops
Roasted Lamb Loin…
Rocket salad with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Muscat Liqueur Tart
White Chocolate and Tart
Loose Leave Plunger Peppermint Tea

Such a cozy place to catch up with your friends and the service is impeccable. Everything was delicious, that is rare for Michael and I that we enjoy everything. The dishes were served as described in the menu – straight forward, no nonsense and nothing decorative. Even the tarts were served on big white plates with neither droplets of chocolate sauce nor dollops of cream. The eye fillets were sliced and sufficient for me, but for grown men, maybe not. And so it was for the meals… I think this is a restaurant that you will be able to have three-courses - no problems.

Our tarts were fabulous. I have read that the crepes with the fresh strawberries are meant to be fantastic but I wasn’t sure whether it would be too much… oh well next time!

Cafe Di Stasio
31A Fitzroy Street
St Kilda
(03) 9525 3999

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