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26 March 2007 @ 10:12 pm
grossi florentino  
sebastian was in town last week, so we had dinner with two lovely friends of his - chris and adeline. chris suggested grossi florentino's, which has three eateries under the same umbrella. check out their [official website]. the cellar bar, the grill and the restaurant. these are three different price levels, as well as prestige levels. we decided to start with the most affordable one - the cellar bar, where commoners can afford to eat. :)

i was really happy, because we were dining in full view of my old apartment, and our backdrop for dinner was my old neighbourhood. the beige building in the first picture, of which a small corner can be seen to the right of the picture, is the building where i used to live in. :)

besides being in such a good mood, i really enjoyed dinner as well. i'm pretty sure my mood had nothing to do with it, but the food was excellent. prior to ordering, we had a whiff of something really scrumptious wafting over from the next table. we took turns to subtly peer at the source of this gorgeous smell, and it looked like a tortellini. chris reckoned it was the roast pumpkin tortellini. so i went for it, as did adeline.

turns out we had the two best dishes on the table. :) every fat morsel was a thick, fresh pasta skin wrapped around soft, creamy roast pumpkin. fried sage leaves were awesome to go with. the entire dish was so simple, yet so, so delicious. it was incredible. i'm usually a very slow eater and always the last to finish during a meal by a long way. this time, i ate just as quickly as my companions. in fact, i was faster than chris, who was having the rabbit tagliatelle. it was a good-sized portion too. i polished off every last bit on my plate.

sebastian's veal scallopine wasn't much to shout about, and the serving was pathetically small. the bruschetta was not bad, although i didn't like their choice of bread - brown and burnt. the diced tomatoes were beautifully fresh though. i refused to try some of the rabbit dish, because i think rabbits are meant to be loved as pets and not as a meal.

i'm not against other people choosing to eat rabbit though. i just prefer not to eat rabbit myself.


sebastian was obviously still hungry after a tiny bit of veal and mash. to my delight, he ordered a berry cheesecake dessert. i'd wanted to try their desserts after looking at some yummilicious-looking confections in the glass window at the bar counter earlier, but couldn't fit a whole portion into my tum. a huge chunk of the most beautiful cheesecake came to our table. after letting seb eat a few spoonfuls, i hijacked it. it was fantastic - i can say this was the best cheesecake i've ever tasted. the odd-shaped chunk was rich, yet not overpowering. my favourite part was the brown crust. YUM. i returned the plate to seb while eyeing his progress through it, much to the amusement of chris and adeline. eventually, seb let me have another go. :)

what sealed a great dinner was the fact that my fabulous roast pumpkin tortellini cost only AU$16. total bill for 4 of us came up to about AU$80+.

next to try is one rank up - the grill! maybe i'll save that for my next visit to melbourne.


feelin': coldcold
icklemonsterickleoriental on March 26th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
hey i'm sure i've got this font but i can't remember where it is... what is it called again?? :p
JV: summerdrag0nette on March 26th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)

it's kaileen! :)
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sticker mansilver_crv on March 26th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
yummy cheesecake!!!
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 26th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
superly duperly yummy cheesecake! :)
The Citygent: younggreygentcitygent on March 26th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
I've never seen cheesecake done like that! Please sen to me, also :op

awww, and Bugs wants to be eaten by Elmer Fudd, really. He's just a tease ;o)
JV: knottydrag0nette on March 27th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
well, i'm no elmer. :p it's like asking me to eat a hamster.
The Citygent: BuzzGentcitygent on March 27th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
don't tell me you've never eaten hamster?!?! lol
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(Anonymous) on March 27th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
i think you remind me of Babe because you're such a pig and yet such a cutie too! (oh, god, that's a terrible joke) :))

JV: eatdrag0nette on March 27th, 2007 10:12 am (UTC)

did you just call me a pig?


i think piglet sounds better? or piglette, since i'm a girl piggie.
(Anonymous) on March 27th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
I'll stick with piggy. :)
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.that girl.: self in the mirrorgirlwhowaits on March 27th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Everything just looks yum! I've always gone past the place years ago but never ventured inside.

I've got to make you this bruschetta we make at work! The best I've ever tried :D
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 27th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
yay! will we eat best-bruschetta in singers???
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astrorainfallastrorainfall on March 28th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
what i would give to sink my teeth into unusual pasta dishes like these. so far, i've only come across this type of imaginative italian dishes in oz and of course italy. maybe a few restaurants in singapore are quite good but tokyo....they only have traditional italian cuisine. or maybe i have to look deeper. :p~
JV: knottydrag0nette on March 28th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
yeh, i would imagine good italian food in tokyo would be a challenge to find. good luck with that babe! how about the markets? can you buy fresh pasta?
astrorainfallastrorainfall on March 28th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
hmmm, haven't seen any fresh pasta. they usually sell the packet stuff here.
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