As the year draws closer to June and to the end of my entertainment card, a silent scream escapes from the cheap, bargain hunting Asian inside me. My entertainment card was definitely in need of another workout, this time at the River Café.
Pappardelle Ragu – Clare Valley stone-milled pangkarra pasta served with slow braised lamb shoulder & regiano parmigano ($26.5)
Everyone has a weakness when looking through the menu, a meal or a thing that they must get if they see it – one of mine is the crab linguini. Soft, tender crab meat broke apart and melded into the cream based chilli sauce. It was an alright dish but it wasn’t incredible – the one at Spargo’s tastes similar and at a two for one deal on Monday’s ($11.50) it’s much much cheaper.
Crab Linguini – Linguini tossed with blue swimmer crab meat, garlic, chilli & simmered in a rose sauce ($28.0)
After my very first semifreddo at Esca I was on the hunt for more. Passionfruit semifreddo had the texture of smooth, silky icecream, tasting like sweet vanilla icecream with a slight hint of passionfruit. Topped with refreshing basil granita and a smear of sour lemon curd that had a slight metallic taste which I found a bit off. Huh now that I read the description where was my amaretti biscuits?
Passionfruit Semifreddo Served with strawberry salsa, amaretti biscuits, lemon & basil granita ($13.5)
The chocolate nemesis didn’t feel like a chocolate cake – more like a giant chocolate truffle with a crunchy chocolate base dusted with a generous heap of cocoa power. Smears of salted caramel and raspberry couldn’t be tasted through the rich chocolate (not that I’m complaining). Sour raspberry icecream helped cleanse the pallete for another spoon full :)
Chocolate Nemesis – A fantastic chocolate cake for the chocolate lover, served with salted white chocolate caramel & raspberry ice cream ($15.5)
River café was a good meal but I probably wouldn’t go again when there are pretty good Italian places like Amalfi at a much more reasonable price.