As a connoisseur of good food, I am always in the lookout for marvellous, new restaurants in our wonderful, multicultural Melbourne. My pursuit for scrumptious food took me to Da Guido 365, tucked away on the Elizabeth Street end of Little Collins Street. Da Guido 365 is a sister restaurant of Da Guido Melbourne at Lygon Street.
We were welcomed with a bright smile and ushered to a table at the centre of the restaurant. Cosy setting and a casual vibe surrounded us. The menu was simple yet eye-catching with tantalising menu items. We noticed dishes which piqued our curiosity and made decision-making quite challenging. There was a special focus on home-made pasta and pizza. The menu also includes antipasti, focaccia and more. The pizzas were priced from $14 to $26 while pasta dishes were priced from $19 to $35. Desserts were priced from $14 to $18. There is also an extensive wine list. Whether you are a seafood fan, a vegetarian or a meat-lover, there is something for everyone on the menu.
Eventually, we placed our order and eagerly waited as we took in the atmosphere. Diners seemed to be enjoying their meal over animated conversations. The open kitchen allowed patrons to gaze in wonder as the chefs cooked up a storm. Walls of the restaurant were covered with gorgeous mosaics created with Murano glass and the sitting area was dotted with comfy tables and chairs.
Our mains arrived together. The Agnolotti con Dentice (agnolotti filled with snapper, clams and vanilla sauce) was in one word delectable. Savoury snapper flesh was encased in pasta squares which split open when given a soft nudge. The accompanying rich vanilla sauce was soaked up with the complimentary bread. This is a dish which is meant to be savoured slowly and tenderly.
The light, fluffy gnocchi (Gnocchi di patate ai frutti di mare) was top-notch. The tender and delicate potato gnocchi served with chopped plump prawns, flathead and scallops was an instant winner with our palate. The residual sauce was zealously mopped up with the bread. Delish!
Gnocchi di patate ai frutti di mare (Image by Joy)
We were pretty full after our hearty meal but there is always room for dessert. The lemon tart (Crostata al Limone) seduced our nostrils with a beautiful aroma of lemon. The freshly made tart was a good choice. The chocolate salami (Salame al Cioccolato) looked like an Italian version of rocky road but it was much softer. Each bite of this moreish dessert dipped in the accompanying cream was a pleasure for the tastebuds. The sweet salami and the tad sour lemon tart complemented each other.
The food is by no means cheap but it's tasty, unique, freshly-made and authentic. Service is attentive and friendly.
My dining partner exclaimed that she would like to bring her husband to discover the other offerings on the menu. I concurred. I look forward to returning to broaden my gastronomic journey of Da Guido 365. It's a corker!