Ormond 3204, VIC
I've talked about how few and far apart restaurant gems in the outer suburbs are, such as Shyun, well, you can add Remezzo to that list. I've visited Remezzo previously and it was fantastic. I can happily report that it is still fantastic and great for a casual meal.
Remezzo's is your typical cafe style restaurant with wooden floors, simple wooden tables and simple no fuss service. The waitress seated us to a table near the counter and gave us water while we looked over the menu. I like it how cafes offer you tap water as a default and you can order other types of water later if you want. That's how I like it, rather than being upsold sparkling water which I hate.
Remezzo's serve tapas style meals, so you order from a variety of simple items. Just be warned that the servings a huge and one and a half to two tapas per person is more than filling. So obviously it was no surprise that two people could not finish five tapas and a dessert. We were silly to not heed our waitress warning and thought that two starving guys could finish all that food. How wrong we were.
The Meatballs in Tomato Sauce is rich and hearty and full of flavour. Lamb cutlets are grilled with seasoning and herbs, just simple and delicious. Prosciutto fritters are actually a bit salty for my liking, but eaten in small amounts with other things, worked well.
The Chorizo Sausages are spicy and nice, and way too much. The bowl was just so large that we couldn't finish it. My favourite dish, just like last time, were the Goats Cheese Balls. The melting goats cheese inside the crispy shell of the fried ball is sensational. The meal was finished off with a very large Apple Crumble with Ice Cream. The crumble was beautifully fragrant and had a great crumble on top, loved it.
The ambiance at Remezzo is extremely loud. Don't come here wanting a nice quiet dinner. The room is always packed and full of diners chatting away happily. The tables are packed quite closely so be prepared to hear bits and pieces of your neighbour's conversations. I don't mind this and really like the vibe in the restaurant. It's definitely a great place to come for a casual meal with friends.
Overall Rating: 15/20, Nice good food at great prices.
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.