Apologies for my absence in postings over the past two weeks. I was lucky enough to have the three days off between Easter and ANZAC day and have been spoiled with a ten day holiday from work. As a last minute decision we booked tickets to Melbourne, arriving early on Monday morning and returning late on Thursday night. We spent the four days eating our way around the city, and also hiring a car for the Great Ocean Road which was absolutely beautiful. I now have an abundance of content for the blog (not only Melbourne content, but Greece, Paris and Sydney too), that I am overwhelmed as to when I am going to get it up. I could just decide to stop eating out and cooking for a while….but we all know that’s not going to happen, so my only option is to knock out these posts and share the foodie love asap. You can check out all of my other Melbourne food & travel blog posts here.
To start off, I share with you Thirty Eight Chairs, a charming all day eatery just off Chapel Street in South Yarra. The concise menu is influenced by Southern Italian cuisine and focuses on starters, pasta dishes, mains and sweets. Although I am blogging this restaurant first, it was actually the last place we ate at just before boarding our night flight back to Sydney. Its wonderfulness is still fresh in my mind so it seems natural to share it first. The ambience is cosy and welcoming and whilst we decide on what to order, the waiters prep for dinner service in the small dining area (38 seats in total). They are all conversing loudly in Italian, which makes the atmosphere that little bit more authentic and rustic. Take me back to Europe please!!
We keep it simple with the waiter suggesting to start with a plate of the Salumeria – Prosciutto, Mortadella, Bread Sticks and Mozzarella. All elements of the plate are devoured quickly as we mix and match between the options. The quality of the meat is spectacular and I fall in love with the mortadella which is finely sliced and ever so flavoursome, and unlike the thickly cut stuff I have eaten previously.
We also share a serve of the Grilled Octopus Alla Luciana, which is absolutely divine. The seafood is in a fragrant and fresh tomato sauce with small pieces of cubed potato, black olives and red onion. We lap up the last bits of the tomato with the crusty bread and I vow that I need to recreate this dish back in Sydney, to fill the void until my next trip back to Melbourne.
Dessert is one of those things I can neglect if I’m feeling too full at the end of a meal. When it comes to Italian food though, there is never a time for neglect. Glancing over the dessert menu we stick to a classic favourite and order the Tiramisu. The dolci is perfectly assembled to create a cream and chocolate pattern on the outside of the glass. The mascarpone is light and smooth, and with every mouthful you wish for the sweetness to never end. This was hands down the best tiramisu I have ever had the pleasure of eating.
Thirty Eight Chairs
4 Bond Street, South Yarra, Victoria.
Ph: 03 9827 5553
Thank you for a fantastic last meal in Melbourne, we will definitely be sure to return. I will continue to share my Melbourne posts over the next few weeks, with content from 400 Gradi, Chin Chins, The Bottle of Milk and other Great Ocean Road eateries.
For now, farewell! I am off to mentally prepare myself for work tomorrow. Ciao Ciao xxx