Saturday’s date night was a last minute decision. Well not the going out part, but where to eat part. Mr. C and I initially headed to Grand Trailer Park Taverna, but because they don’t take reservations and we had to wait around 30 minutes for our table, we decided to walk down towards Spring Street and try our luck with The European. With no booking, we were lucky to snag a table outside – thank goodness for fabulous weather too! Thank you Melbourne!
We have always wanted to try out The European but never got a chance to because we were usually too lazy to make a booking. You see, when you’ve got kids, making bookings can seem like a chore especially when you know things can go pear shaped – anytime. Usually we’d book on the day and sometimes even a few hours before. If we don’t get it, we’ll usually head somewhere else. No biggie.
The restaurant sits just next to the Princess Theatre on Spring Street, which makes it a great place to either dine before a show or have a nice dessert and wine after a show.
They have a rather impressive dinner menu, with a choice of pasta, hard-core beef for meat lovers and hearty sides to boot. I went for the duck ravioli, which I think also had some raisins or it could be grapes, pumpkin mash, walnuts, basil and ameretto. Mr. C had the European pepper steak and we shared a side of kipfler potatoes.
The duck ravioli did not disappoint as it was THE BEST I’VE EVER HAD! Yes, I am shouting it out because it’s true. The flavours and textures mixed so well together and they were not skimpy with their duck filling either.
I was actually pretty full, in fact I was struggling to finish my plate of ravioli – generous portions! – but Mr. C could not resist having their dessert. And he’s not normally a dessert person. It was the call of the souffle. He’s just such a huge fan of souffles that he knew he couldn’t pass up a chance to try their Gingerbread souffle with cardamom, tumeric and pistachio gelato. Perfect for a semi-chilly autumn evening.
The souffle was perfectly light, and I loved the cosy taste (yes, food can taste cosy!) of the gingerbread. The night was made even more perfect thanks to the two glasses of sauvignon blanc I had with my dinner. 😉
I guess this place was well worth the wait and the service, food and atmosphere did not disappoint me at all.
161 Spring Street, Melbourne
Ph: 03 9654 0811
Have you been to The European or the Melbourne Supper Club, which apparently is part of their restaurant too!