Gradi is an ideal place to enjoy a meal prior to an event at the casino, the nearby arts centre or anywhere in Southbank. It's comfortable without being too casual but one the token it's a place you'd be equally comfortable on a first (or fiftieth) date. With a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff, it feels like you're dining among friends.
We left the recommendations for much of our meal up t0 our waitress and started our meal with tasting board of some seriously delicious cured meats and cheeses.
The perfect way to start a meal; cured meats and delicious cheeses. Image:The Ideas Library
Think spicy salami and beautifully cured prosciutto, fresh artisan cheeses, you simply can't go wrong. The menu also allows you to choose the cheese or cured meat, and the portion size to essentially design your own board, add in some marinated olives and you'll be forgetting you even have plans post-dinner.
Known for their wood-fired pizzas cooked in just 90 seconds at 400 degrees, Gradi serves up some seriously good slices. Image:The Ideas Library
The pizza selection offers something for everyone and as it's designed to share, it means Gradi is an ideal place to dine with a group of friends or for a special occasion.
Just when we thought we couldn't fit in another bite, we were convinced to give the dessert ago and we're so glad we did. We ordered the ricotta cheesecake with chocolate which wasn't overly sweet and the mix of the white chocolate garnish mixed with the heavenly dark chocolate accompaniment made this a dessert two people could likely fight over.
The ricotta cheesecake courtesy of Gradi. Image:The Ideas Library
Truth be told we could've actually fought over the very last bite if it weren't for this were pleasant surprise by our second specially, designed dessert, what we're told the kitchen called a "flower pot".
The Gradi special 'flower pot' taste as magic as it looks. Image:The Ideas Library