It's been a while since father's day has passed, hasn't it? But it's only recently that my busy family had come together to celebrate both my dad's birthday and father's day combined! His only request for dinner was Italian so we decided on D.O.C. located in Carlton. It is considered an institution in Melbourne specialising in good pizzas with quality gourmet ingredients. The restaurant was completely full by 6pm on a Friday night so it was fortunate we had made a booking and were led upstairs to a lofty dining space.
The Antipasto platter had a good variety of olives, cured meats and cheese with figs, rockmelon and grissinis.
Shortly after, a flurry of pizzas were brought to the table forcing us to rearrange our plates and glasses to make space. On a thin crisp base, the tiger prawns were plump and went well with the tomato, chilli and mozzarella.
The Capricciosa had a nice variety of toppings on the thin base and I particularly liked the artichokes.
This was my choice of pizza and the ingredients were good quality but I actually didn't like it as much. The base was a touch soggy but that may have been due to the delay in time before I ate it.
The porcini pizza was my favourite of the night (and I'm very sure everyone else's as well) with an earthy aroma and sprinkled lightly with mushrooms and pecorino. This would be on the reorder list when I come back next time.
The sausage was flavoursome although we all found the brocolli paste base was a bit strange.
I ordered this salad which was initially very fresh and tasty, however a few more bites into it we found it to be too sweet from the honey. The grated pecorino did help with the sweetness though.
Little brother was adamant on sampling the sweet pizza which sounded extremely enticing. I didn't have a bite but everyone who tried it, loved it. The crisp thin base with the white chocolate and fresh strawberries were a winner however the size was very small - perfect for one glutton or well-portioned between two.
Overall I enjoyed my meal at D.O.C. and the quality is high but I find the prices to be pricey.
Will I return? Yes, although I like places like Ladro more as they have a variety of dishes, not just pizzas.
D.O.C. Pizza and Mozzarella Bar
295 Drummond St
Carlton VIC 3053
(03) 9347 2998
Mon to Thur 5pm - 11pm
Fri to Sun midday - 11pm
I knew that Helados Jauja was just around the corner so I suggested it as the next pit stop before we headed home. It was a short 5 minute walk from D.O.C. After passing many restaurant floggers on the sidewalk, the red exterior caught our eye.
The large array of flavours had us giddy and sampling all the enticing flavours. They only allowed two samples per person so we had to take our pick carefully out of the 24 available flavours.
The rest of the family ordered away while we debated over the choices and they were digging away at the ice cream before we finished paying.
Made with Argentine Tea, the yerba mate had a robust tea flavour and reminiscent of green tea. The salted butter flavour was nice however I feel after the first few spoonfuls, it lacked a depth of flavour and really quite boring after a while. I also found a blob of salted butter in the ice cream which was strange to the taste buds Little brother loved the Hansel & Gretel which was a rich chocolate ice cream with cookie pieces mixed in.
The prices are quite steep - a single scoop of ice cream costing from $4.70.
Helados Jauja ice creams and gelati contain no preservatives or eggs which would appeal to many people. My experience was okay but that could also be to do with the flavour choices. Everyone agreed that the flavours were distinct and incredibly strong - like a smack in the face. I think next time I'll go for the salted caramel or duche de leche flavours!
Will I return? Yes, but trying different flavours next time.
254 Lygon Street
Carlton VIC 3053
(03) 9041 2927
Daily 1:45pm - 10:30pm