So delighted to have a place I haven’t tried before to share with you – Rosa’s Kitchen. We nearly didn’t make it to sample the wares at this restaurant, had I not groaned at the prospect of going to our regular favourite haunt, Rockwell & Sons last Saturday. As much as I love the food, service and atmosphere of that restaurant, I really needed to sample a totally different place altogether. Luckily, I remembered recently liking a page on Facebook, Rosa’s Canteen, which would be open mid March. Rosa’s Kitchen though, was already there waiting for us to give the place a go.
For lovers of authentic, rustic, Italian cuisine, I’d say head out to Rosa’s Kitchen over on Punch Lane for that warm hospitality and deliciously fresh Sicilian food. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, albeit a bit dark – but I don’t mind that at all as it adds a certain cosiness to the space. Instead of your regular physical menus, theirs is up on the chalk boards, all around the room, near the ceiling. There’s a choice of antipasto for your entrees, then pasta and mains to choose from. I suspect the reason for the non-menu is their ever-changing seasonal menu, dependent on the produce available during the seasons, which to me means an exciting range of choices with each visit.
There wasn’t a huge range of pasta dishes or mains; say about five of each and you know what? I actually prefer not to have too many choices, because sometimes that kills the whole dining experience. I would much rather have a limited number of choices to pick from, therefore making the decision a much more calculated one.
I picked from the mains list, spatchcock with oregano, green beans and pancetta, while Mr. C opted for the pasta; linguine vongole. We decided to forgo the antipasto in favour of dessert.
There wasn’t a long wait for our meals and my pick was a gorgeously simple yet fresh dish cooked to perfection. Mr. C’s linguine vongole was just as perfect. The meal came with fresh crusty bread and some salad on the side. We polished off our dishes and then ordered dessert – again, the choices were simple and all memorised by our wait staff (I think he might be the manager actually?).
Mr. C tried their sorbet while I went straight for their lemon tart. Simple choices that aren’t marred by too many flavours.
Overall I enjoyed my experience at Rosa’s Kitchen – simple yet great food, great service and a warm atmosphere. Perfect for your date night or even a gathering with your family. But be sure to make a booking beforehand!
22 Punch Lane, Melbourne
Ph: 03 9662 2883
Have you been to Rosa’s Kitchen before? What did you have? Do you prefer a menu that doesn’t change much or something that depends on seasonal produce?