Rosetta

January 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm (Italian, Southbank, Victoria)

Neil Perry’s newest restaurant at the Crown Complex is one of the most beautiful spaces I have ever seen.  Theatrically opulent, the dining room is strikingly fitted with multi-tiered chandeliers hanging from high-domed ceilings, marble floors, and mahogany parquetry walls, with seating in the form of velvet banquettes and oversized, high-backed armchairs.  On this gorgeous sunny afternoon, however, J and I opted to sit in the alfresco dining area; just as extravagant with it’s cushioned white chairs at marble-topped tables and airy but private, courtesy of a wall of greenery that shields the terrace from the promenade.

Rosetta-inside

Rosetta-outside

A waiter in a crisp, white jacket brought us sourdough and grissini with Sicilian olive oil to start our meal.

Rosetta-bread

The extensive pasta menu caught our attention; over sixteen different pastas are hand-made daily by two dedicated chefs.  For J, pappardelle; broad, flat pasta noodles with a rich, punchy ragu bolognese.

Rosetta-papardelle

I had the garganelli; ridged pasta squares, perfect for catching the intense, earthy, tomato and chili sauce, with briny, shaved bottarga and perfectly cooked squid.

Rosetta-garganelli

Pasta is cooked, not al dente, but filo di ferro or ‘string of iron’ – the centre barely cooked through.  I definitely prefer a slightly longer cooking time but Mei would absolutely love this.

On the side, a pomodori salad; fresh, sweet tomatoes with olives and basil.

Rosetta-salad

Dessert was gelati for J.  Cioccolato and pistachio were both beautifully creamy and intense, served in a chilled metal cup, topped with a crispy tuile.

Rosetta-gelati

The cioccolato torrone rates highly on my list of favourite desserts.  Definitely one for sweet-lovers, it comprises a cylinder of chocolate and peanut semifreddo, rolled in roasted coconut and served in a pool of creamy custard.

Rosetta-torrone

Unsurprisingly, a meal at Rosetta comes with a hefty price tag.  I would like to try some dishes from the wood-fired oven and char-grill, but am in two minds; the food was tasty but a bit overpriced in its simplicity.  Maybe a special occasion will come up to warrant a re-visit.  However, I am entertaining the thought of going just for the torrone one evening….

 
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2 Comments

  1. Ying at Venuemob said,

    oh wow, definitely one of the more impressive venues in Melbourne. Mind if I asked what this totalled?

    • jok3r133 said,

      Very pricey – we didn’t have any drinks, only entree sized pastas, and it totalled about 110.

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