Thursday, October 21, 2010


23 Bank Place

Melbourne, VIC 3000.

I’ll come right out with it. I like Syracuse, in fact I like it a lot.

I could leave the review at that and happily give it a 14/20 and move on, but that wouldn’t give a lot of insight as to why.

The main thing I like about Syracuse is that once upon a time this would have been a bit of a mamasitta, that is popular, hard to get in to and have a bit of an attitude. Today it is still a very smart restaurant with a fantastic wine list, knowledgeable staff and one can normally get a table as a walk in, but it is never empty.

The menu scales from sharing plates to main courses, perhaps a slight Greek angle in the sharing plates to more modern in the main’s.


First course of the night was Saganaki which comes as a nice salty piece of pan fried cheese that matched well with the Dolcetto being served by the glass.



Following on the next dishes on tasting were the lamb cutlets and as usual they were a hit. Nicely seasoned, grilled with good char and the right shade of pink. This was paired with an asparagus & beetroot salad with quinoa, crème fresh and topped with pine nuts, this is not normally my first choice of dishes, but it was a cracker. It looked like a dish that has been to Peter Gilmore school (he of Quay fame) as it was garnished with edible flowers and had a nice lightness to it but also a number of textures and flavours coming through

As usual the decent range of wines by the glass sufficed, but I do also like the quite lengthy and reasonably priced wine list.

Needless to say, I’ll be back and would recommend it as a good after work spot to meet with friends.

Syracuse – 14/20

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