Monday, December 28, 2009
568 North Rd
Ormond, Vic 3204
Ph: (03) 9578 8576
Remezzo is one of those rare restaurants in the 'burbs that actually do good food that's above your average take away type variety. It was no wonder that despite it being a Wednesday night, we still had to vacate the table at 8pm.
Remezzo is located in Ormond (or as I like to call it, Au-monde) near the train station. It would be hard to spot the restaurant if you didn't know about it, hence probably why I never really noticed it. It wasn't until John pointed out what a great place it was that we decided to go there for Esther's last meal. No, Esther is well and truly alive, just that she was leaving our current place of employment to go to greener pastures.
That's Esther on the left below, with her fellow technical writer Ross on the right. Our technical writing team has been decimated by 50%. I'll be harassing you from now on Ross about the technical documents that need to be completed.
Here a group shot outside the restaurant. See how happy we are AFTER work.
The interior of Remezzo is quite small. A long narrow restaurant is dominated on one side by the bar, which furthers adds to it's narrowness. It gets extremely loud due to the wooden floors. The noise level is a bit above what you would call a nice buzz.
They do a variety of meals at Remezzo as you can see from the online website. We decided to go the tapas route. The online menu only lists a portion of the tapas that are actually available. And those are further subsidised by daily specials as well. The serving sizes are really large. Seriously, about two tapas each is more than enough.
Below are a sample of some of the tapas available. I forgot to photograph all of them as I was too busy stuffing my face. Here's a description of some dishes.
The Goats Cheese Balls in the front are seriously divine. Melt in your mouth balls are bathed in a tomato based sauce. I lapped up 3 of these babies by myself. At the back, you have sweet potato balls, which were also good.
Some Chorizo simply grilled was spicy and fiery. Lamb cutlets also simply grilled were moist and juicy.
Lightly battered Calamari was tender and came with a really good aioli. Sanganaki was pretty good, and Meat Balls bathed in a slightly different tomato sauce were very good.
The dish that I thought would be the best were Seared Scallops above a potato mash. This turned out to be the worst dish actually. The scallops were tiny frozen ones with no taste. The mash potato wasn't very smooth. In the far far back you can just see Zucchini balls, again, really tasty.
Now, there was like 6 desserts that I wanted to try. But we were all so full that we managed to squeeze in 3 desserts. Loukamades with a drizzling of honey and nuts and good vanilla ice cream was addictively good.
Supersized churros with a chocolate dipping sauce were also quite good. The churros didn't look like the typical ones and didn't really taste like them either, but good nonetheless.
The Creme Brulee was also suprisingly good. A rich custard base was highlighted by a beautiful crackling sugared top. Creme Brulees are one of my favourite desserts and let me once again reiterate how I love to crack the tops of Creme Brulees with a spoon after watching Amelie. Pure joy, the movie and cracking creme brulees.
Service, both in terms of speed of food and the wait staff was very good. The staff looked happy and joked around with us. They kept replacing our water and made recommendations on food.
I love finding good restaurant in the burbs as it's not always possible to go to the city for a meal. The food here is really good and excellent value for money. I'll be frequenting this place many times more.
Overall Rating: 15/20, Good honest food at great prices. Service is good although restaurant is very loud.
Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20:Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.
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