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Carlton Espresso

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by Anthea Lau (subscribe)
A sensual bon vivant who apparently has a flair for art and style. Originally from Hong Kong, studying and enjoying life in Sydney. More posts and photos at
Published December 10th 2011
Known as a "little Italy", Lygon street is one of the best and easily accessible precinct for foodies in Melbourne. It demonstrates a strong european influence that features a wide selection of Italian cuisine attributed to the early settlement of the Italian immigrants, particularly in Carlton.

Along the vibrant street sits Carlton Espresso, a cafe that serves a wide range of amazing food from cakes and coffee to pizzas and pastas. Outdoor sitting along the pavement is available, just like most other restaurants along the street. Plain white walls, wooden bench tops, bar area extending from the entrance across one side of the room, the cafe embraces a modern interior with an European flair, adding an abundance amount of life and warmth. Other than that, the walls were apparently decorated with photographs that very much resembled pieces of artwork, which were taken by the photography students at RMIT.

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Porcini mushrooms with Truffle oil

Regular menu as well as daily specials were offered, where both my friend and I had our eyes fixed on the Porcini mushroom with truffle oil fettucine. A combination of fresh herbs and ingredients as well as the use of beautiful truffle oil considerably enhanced the flavour and aroma of the pasta dish. The mushrooms were absolutely flavoursome, and the addition of shaved Parmesan introduced a tangy taste that complimented the pasta very well.

Friendly staff

The busy cafe was buzzing with energy and joy from the people. We felt the most welcomed at the place, and the services provided was rather impressive. Having requested the staff to assist me in taking photo shoots of the cafe, we together had a lot of fun and pleasure. Most of all, I truly appreciated my time with the exceptionally friendly staff.

If you are up to spending a lovely summer evening relaxing and catching up with your friends, Carlton Espresso is a fabulous pasta place that locates within a major cultural hub, and definitely worth the visit.
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Why? Great restaurant along the cultural hub at Lygon Street
When: Anytime
Where: 326 Lygon Street Carlton VIC 3053
Cost: $10 - $30
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