I took a break during exam season to wine and dine with Shiv - it had been a while since we'd caught up, and a while since I'd had a proper meal cause of all the studying!
We went to a lovely family owned restaurant called L'Olivo in East Malvern for dinner. They serve a mix of traditional and modern dishes, reaching from the recipe books of Italy and the mediterranean. They've got tapas, pizzas, pastas, desserts - so much on offer!
Totally loving how late the sun sets during summertime in Australia! I was beyond excited and in the highest spirits, and luckily the food and drinks did not disappoint.
Little Goat Creek Pinot Gris ($8.50) from Marlborough, New Zealand for me. One of my friends grew up there and his note on wine has stuck with me. I love pinot gris, so when I spot one that looks interesting from Marlborough, I'll usually order it. Very enjoyable.
Shiv ordered grilled lamb cutlets ($16.00). Pretty little things.
Very tough to cut through. I thought it may have been a fluke with our order, but when I asked the waitress how they usually cook their lamb they said they always cook it well-done. I guess to each his own?
I had a look around the restaurant, and was delighted with their open kitchen set up. Speaking to their pizza chef and getting to watch him in action was great! I love open kitchens because it means not only are the staff proud of their food and methods, and confident in cleanliness, but it becomes dinner and a show too!
I'm always too shy to grab the last slice!
I'd definitely head back here again when I'm back in Melbourne next year. Beautiful light atmosphere, great looking menu. While L'Olivo did have a couple of problem points for me, I still enjoyed it a lot overall.
Stay tuned for what comes next! We decided to forego having dessert here, and drove into the city for what turned out to be a wildly drool-worthy bread pudding!
171 Waverley Road
East Malvern, VIC 3145
+61 (3) 9572 4487