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Friday, April 20, 2012

Café Di Stasio

After many weeks travelling throughout USA, I was due back to the scorching Australian summer heat and back to face the Melbourne food scene again. America opened my eyes up to a variety of cuisines and new dishes, not to mention the mammoth serving portions and low prices to go with that. Mr A was kind enough to organise a dinner out to welcome me back home and he had chosen Café Di Stasio. It is located on a busy strip in St Kilda and its dark interior is cosy and sophisticated - a great date venue.

To start, we ordered an entrée to share. The tuna was seared nicely while the salad was zesty in flavour.

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Seared tuna with Fennel, Capers and Pancetta


I was after something simple so I went for the special of Angel hair pasta with crab. With the classic flavours of garlic, chilli, parsley and crab, it was a great pasta dish. The serving portion was on the small size though, especially after returning from America, and you can see from the photo it was plated up very awkwardly.

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Angel hair Pasta with Crab 

The suckling pig was nice but not very tender and the soft and sweet baked apple was a great accommpaniment to the dish. Mr A found the greens on the side were extremely salty though. Mr A still enjoyed it but did not think it was anything spectacular.

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Oven Roasted Suckling Pig with Baked Apple

My Apple pastry dessert was delicious and very fresh and light. All the elements were perfect and there was only a hint of liquor from the Calvados.

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Apple, Calvados, Cream and Pastry

The crumbly and flaky pastry went well with the rich sweetness of the blueberry but I feel like ice cream would have been better with the pie instead of the cream. Still, it was a great dessert.

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Blueberry pie with cream

Overall, our meal was nice, but not exciting with the desserts being the highlight of our meal. The service was a touch stiff and not very warm but all our requests were met promptly.

Food: 7.5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Will I return? No, there are too many great restaurants in Melbourne and this was my second visit here so I would rather try new places.

Café Di Stasio
31 Fitzroy St
St Kilda VIC 3182
(03) 9525 3999

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1 thoughts:

  1. i've always wanted to try this place but never got about it. it's been sitting on my to-go list for ages!

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