Scarfo – St Kilda Triangle

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Reviewed by Daniel Wilson

Have you noticed a new pop-up restaurant on St Kilda Triangle? It is part of a Reality TV show called Restaurant Revolution. Anyone is welcome to visit, as it is a real restaurant. But it will only be around for a few months, so don’t miss your chance to try some of their delicious food.

Five teams have each opened their restaurants in five different states and Victoria’s location happens to be in our iconic suburb.

Each week, they’ll be judged by a group of experts, their customers and also on their profit margin. In the end, the best and most profitable restaurant of the series will win the grand prize of $200,000.

The Victorian team have called their restaurant Scarfo which serves scrumptious modern Italian food. You are met at the door with a warm welcome and immediately put at ease.

Starters range from $16 to $19 and the hay-smoked duck breast, thinly sliced, with chilli crushed peanuts and black fig vincotto was a visual delight to match the taste.

Mains range from $26 to $39. I tried the Risotto with Moreton Bay Bug, parsley pesto, and spanner crab ($38) which was so good I could have easily polished off two.

By far the highlight of the lunch was desert which ranges from $14 to $15. The baby bombolini, injected with whisky cream, then rolled in honey and pistachio ($14) was a delight, but not matched by the sense of occasion you feel as the waiter pours hot chocolate over the vanilla ice-cream which sits atop a Neapolitan wild strawberry parfait ($14).

There is a feedback booth where you can record your thoughts on the food, as well as a camera crew wandering around the dining room and kitchen, so if you are shy this restaurant experience might not be for you.

If you are into modern Italian food, or high end dining, or just want an excuse to come see what the fuss is about, Scarfo is for you.

 

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