A Lovely Lunch @ L’Enoteca
by Savour The Moment
L’Enoteca, Victoria Park
I always love going to Victoria Park, the ultimate foodie strip south-side of Perth! I was so very keen to try out Zucchero Espresso, but only their breakfast menu. Unfortunately, my friend and I arrived a bit late, so we decided to skip just across the road to L’Enoteca which had opened its doors for the lunch crowd. My friend and I popped in to find the place mostly empty and chose a table near the window, basking in the glorious spring sun. The set up of L’Enoteca is quite classy, perfect for a nice dinner or a casual business lunch. We were seated immediately, poured water and given menus. The lovely waitress recited off the lunchtime specials, all of which sounded delicious.
I ordered the Roasted Spatchock with chilli oil, asparagus & sautéed potatoes ($36). The dish was beautifully presented – a batch of roasted potatoes doused in herbs sat underneath the spatchcock which had been cleaved in half and topped with two sprigs of asparagus. The fresh chilli submerged in the oil was very subtle and the spatchcock was cooked to perfection – smooth and succulent on the inside. The chilli was good for me, only adding a slight heat to the dish. The vegetables were also a nice addition to the dish, especially the potatoes. Never say no to roasted potatoes is my personal motto!
My friend had the special of the day, the Steak sandwich ($20) with chips and tomato balsamic salad, the decision based predominantly due to price. The steak was cooked just medium rare and was crammed with rocket, tomato and cheese. I loved the gooey cheese inside which fused the meat to the bread, preventing it from slipping and sliding around too much during consumption. The focaccia bread was toasted and crispy on the outside – my friend enjoyed it a lot. The salad was on the smaller side, but the dressing had a nice touch of tang from the balsamic. The chips on the side were actually potato crisps which was unexpected. While they were alright, we wanted a little better. We could have done with a handful of piping hot chips fresh out of the fryer to compliment the steak.
The desserts were a standout. The Chocolate Tart with candied hazelnuts, strawberries and white chocolate praline ice cream ($15) came out on a black board. There was a broad stripe of chocolate paste down the middle length of the board, a cluster of candied hazelnuts on one side and a good sized slice of chocolate tart beside a nestle of strawberries with the scoop of ice cream on the other side, finished off with a pretty green sprig of mint. The tart itself was delicious – a chocolate crumbling biscuit base, with a rich decadent interior. The ice cream was also a plus, velvety and speckled with the occasional crunch from the praline and white chocolate pieces. Being a a huge chocoholic, I kidnapped the tart and gulped it down before my friend could protest, leaving him with a melted puddle of praline icecream. Sorry!
My favourite dish of the day was the Vanilla Pannacotta with balsamic strawberries, mint and strawberry reduction ($15). The pannacotta was silky and creamy, stongly marked by the presence of vanilla bean. A well executed panacotta. It was topped with strawberries, both fresh and also those stewed in balsamic sauce. The concept of balsamic strawberries was quite intruiging to me, however the black vinegar really bought out the natural sweetness of the strawberries, upholding the integrity of the fruit rather than masking it. The strawberry reduction was a sweet sticky addition, giving it that extra kick of fruity flavour. The whole thing was a gem to look at too – I was salivating before it even hit the table.
Service at L’Enoteca was standout, with friendly and informed service. Our water was continuously refilled and we were checked on a few times throughout the meal. The food came out in a timely manner and great care was taken in the presentation of their dishes. On top of beautifully presented dishes (especially the desserts), the food itself had a nice combination of flavours. Whilst we visited at an akward time, I really hope that L’Entoteca begins to really bring in the business because it really deserves it with a beautiful take on Italian food. Would definitely return there soon.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Address: 249 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park WA 6100
- Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday. Lunch is from 11 am – 3 pm, dinner from 5.00 pm – 10 pm.
- Also does tapas!! Highly recommended that you make a booking for a dinner.
- What does L’Enoteca translate to? It’s Italian for “wine repository” meaning that of course, it is fully liscened (no BYO, sorry!)
- L’Enoteca’s menu is constantly changing, so you usually have to wait until you get there to figure out what you want (no pre-planning, obsessive compulsive foodies).