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Review: Cafe Di Stasio, Melbourne

Hey everyone,

Hope you’re all good and are enjoying your day!

Today’s post is another review (as I’m sure you saw from the title!). When I was in Melbourne in June, I was lucky enough to be able to go to some of the best restaurants in the city. One of them, that I’d heard a lot about, was Cafe Di Stasio in St Kilda. On with the review…

Be warned, the restaurant looks a bit run down and strange from the outside. Inside, however, there is a really comfortable, ‘homey’ feel and the waiters for sure seemed like they knew what they were talking about with regard to the food but it also seemed like everyone there was part of a family.

The menu was extensive. Seriously. The headings were ‘Il Primo’, ‘Pasta E Minestra’, ‘Il Secondo’, ‘Insalate E Contorni’ and ‘Dessert’. I’m sure you can imagine my face was like the emoji with hearts for eyes.

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We had gone to an Italian restaurant the night before (review coming) so I don’t really know what came over me in Cafe Di Stasio but I DIDN’T CHOOSE PASTA OR RISOTTO OR MOZZARELLA. I know. Rookie error. Looking back at the menu now, I wish we could go there again so I can try my all time favourite meal Bucatini Alla Matriciana. However, I’m not complaining because the meal I did have was seriously incredible. No regrets. … Ok, a few regrets.

 

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I had the Caprese al Forno – Oven baked salad of goats cheese, tomato and basil (first picture in the blog post). You can’t go wrong with baked goats cheese and tomato. Next, I had the Agnello all a Romana – Lamb, slow cooked with white wine, anchovies,
rosemary and garlic bruschetta (pictured above). The lamb was so tender, falling straight off the bone and the rich gravy it was in made it was the perfect warming dish for a cold Melbourne night.

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As my side dish, I got the Verdure al Forno – Oven roasted vegetables with rosemary. I LOVE roasted vegetables so for me, this was possibly the best part of the meal (sad, I know) but seriously, they were so delicious I ate practically the whole bowl to myself. Hey, I’m a growing girl! … That’s what I tell myself anyway.

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My brother actually ordered something green as his side dish, which turned out to be really yum too. Broccolini Trifolati con Acciughe – Sautéed broccolini with garlic, anchovies and chilli (pictured above). Highly rated by the other members of the family as they love a bit of chilli. Mum, a.k.a Potato Queen, very predictably went for the Patate Arrosto con Aglio – Potatoes with garlic parsley and parmesan (pictured above). I think she left a part of her heart in St Kilda that evening because those potatoes were, in her words, “probably the best potatoes I’ve ever eaten”. Bold statement, I know, but I was permitted to try (a small) one and I can agree that they were garlicky, cheesy, fluffy, crispy and potato-y. You make a mean potato Mr. Di Stasio.

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For dessert, again, the jet lag must have been really affecting me because while Tiramisu is my new favourite dessert, I didn’t pick the Profiteroles or the Chocolate Tart. Fool. I had the Tiramisu (pictured above) and it was good. Nothing to write home about but not bad either. After visiting Rome, I should never even try another Tiramisu as they are never going to live up to the ones I had there. Sorry, I’ll stop rambling now!

I would give it…

Taste: 9/10
Presentation: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Location: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Menu: 9/10
WOULD I GO BACK? Yes.

What do you usually order at an Italian restaurant? Whats your favourite Italian dessert? Let me know in the comments!

H x

My experience: Singapore

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all having a lovely day (or night) and thanks for coming over to read another post! Today I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences of Singapore with you all as I recently visited on my way to Australia!

So to start, I will say that I have never been to Asia before this visit. My dad has visited Singapore tonnes of times on business but neither me, my mum nor my brother had ever been. I was really excited to go because 1. I had been told it was really clean 2. Shopping 3.I knew for a fact it was a foodie’s paradise!

  

We stayed at the Shangri-La (view of my balcony above) which is only about a 5-10 minute drive to Orchard Road (the main shopping road) so the hotel location was really good. If you want, I can do a post reviewing the Shangri-La in detail, just leave me a comment letting me know! The rooms were big and modern. The gym was awesome (pictured below from outside), the pool was really nice and the food was too notch! Overall – very impressed! 

  
The weather: My dad had warned us that it was VERY hot and humid in Singapore and that it rains everyday at around 3 or 4 pm. I can definitely vouch for the humidity – it was seriously sticky! It only rained on our first day for about 30 minutes but it was quite heavy rain (good excuse to duck into some shops!).

 

 

What we did: We only had a few days in Singapore and we wanted to not plan or book too much because we didn’t know how jet lagged we would be (it turned out – not very!). We shopped on Orchard Road (pictured above), went to Raffles (probably better to go there for a meal/drink) to look around, went to some shopping centres, ate at Dempsey hill, visited the Marina Bay Sands for dinner (100% recommended), chilled around the pool and relaxed! It would have been nice to go to Sentosa Island if we had been there longer or if my brother and I were younger but we didn’t particularly want to and I don’t really feel like I missed out!

  

FOOD: For sure I would recommend going to Naddaman in the Shangri-La for Teppenyaki for dinner! My first Teppenyaki experience and it was so yum! (Pictured above.) Also, The Waterfall restaurant (an Italian) also at the Shangri-La was probably the best Italian I’ve ever had – and that SERIOUSLY says something – and omg I still hate myself for not ordering dessert there! Ce la vie restaurant on the top of the Marina Bay Sands was one of the best evenings ever for me – the food was incredible, the view was so unique, the service was amazing, what more could you want? (Pictures below). I wanted to do more breakfast/brunch I while we were there but unfortunately we only got to go out once in the morning – to Rider’s Cafe. This is somewhere I would say you have to visit if you go to Singapore as it was a really cool location and the food was literally the stuff of dreams! (Yes. I ordered 2 breakfasts. It had to be done.)

   

 

Generally I felt really safe in Sinagpore, it was very clean, the service was very good. The city had a very cosmopolitan feel, with everything very modern and trendy. Taxis were a bit of a struggle (to call one, you need to give a Singapore mobile number, SILLY IDEA). It was for sure a foodie’s paradise as there were truffle fries literally everywhere. My idea of heaven.

  

I really enjoyed Singapore and would definitely stay there as a stopover on the way to or from Australia again. I personally don’t think I would specifically go there on holiday for a week or two but for a few days it was incredible!

Have you ever been to Singapore? If so, what did you think? What would you recommend next time I go? I’d love to know so please leave me a comment!

Thanks for reading,

Harrie x