Recently, I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Sartago in Richmond, Vic. And as you all know, when I’m impressed with a place, I am keen to let you know about it 🙂
It’s in a really convenient location, right near Swan St (on Church St), and is very nicely put together. The Chef & owner is Riccardo Messora, who used to be at Cafe e Cucina (one of my all time favourites). Riccardo is what you may call a ‘man of the world’. He’s an Italian, married to a French lady (also his business partner), now living in Australia after spending years working his butt off in a variety of European countries. And his menu reflects exactly this. There are traditional Italian dishes on the menu along with a variety of dishes inspired by Turkey, Greece, Morocco and Spain. His menu has been designed with ‘sharing’ in mind, which personally, I’m a big fan of.
So, I did what I like to do in these situations (when I really can’t decide what to order)… I asked Riccardo to bring out a selection of his favourites for me to try. Quite frankly, this was a stroke of genius!
Moroccan lamb fillo cigars, Freshly shucked oysters, Zucchini Fritti’s, Char-grilled stuffed calamari with clams and tomato, House smoked chicken salad with cauliflower & pomegranate….Happy tastebuds!
Sadly, by this point though, I had no room for dessert. But that just means that I’ll have to go back – so I can try out the Chocolate brick, coffee mousse, flaked coconut & passion fruit. Or possibly the Homemade ricotta cheese cake, raspberries, pine nuts & brandy snap cigar.
Riccoardo is a brilliant chef – no question, having trained under Michellin Star chefs in Europe including Chef Marco Pierre White. Yet he is humble, lovely man who cares enormously about where his produce comes from – choosing organic, sustainable ingredients where ever possible and is very ‘hand’s on’ in his approach to his restaurant & food. I love that he makes his own goodies, including his 12hr Chilli Jam, Preserved Lemons, Stackable Mediterranean Spices, and fresh baked Foccacia and Sourdoughs (all baked on premises) all available at Sartago. I also love that he takes the time to run incredibly interactive cooking classes – in pasta making among other things. http://www.sartago.com.au/classes/
You will also find a very stylish private dining room upstairs that seats around 40 – 50, definitely worth checking out for your up-coming Christmas shin-dig.
In a nut-shell, I really enjoyed my Sartago dining experience, and I hope you do too 🙂
460 Church St., Richmond, Vic 2131
(03) 9427 9063 / www.sartago.com.au
Tuesday-Sunday Dinner 5.30pm – til late
Friday-Sunday Lunch 11.30am – 3:00pm
Lunch Special 2 courses w/ glass of wine $25
Lunch Special 3 courses w/ glass of wine $38
*Offer available 11.30am – 2pm