Freelance writer with a passion for anything that involves eating and drinking.
Published March 12th 2014
Like dinner at the Queen's house: only more expensive
There comes a time in a life when you find that you work more than you play, you sleep very little and you spend more money on bills than on enjoying life, it is at this time that you should say, "you know what, I deserve to go to that ridiculously over priced restaurant that I have wanted to go to forever." Everyone has their list of "if I only had the money" restaurants, and Rosetta was sitting at the top of mine for a while.
Situated on Melbourne's picturesque Southbank strip this restaurant is a Neil Perry gem that really has the wow factor. My other half and I decided to pay Rosetta a visit on Tuesday night, although our choice of which day we should dine there on was limited, as it is next to impossible to make a weekend reservation.
On entering the restaurant we were immediately impressed by the exquisite furniture, the expensive looking carpets and the bouquets of fresh roses displayed on antique furniture. We were seated at what I can only describe as one of the most comfortable restaurant chairs that I have ever rested my behind on. Of course I chose the seat with the best view of the other diners. I like to see what is going on. As expected, our fellow Rosetta patrons were slightly, well a lot older than my boyfriend and myself, but the prices on the menu probably had something to do with that.
Starters. Picking off an Italian menu is always challenging for me, as I usually want to order everything. But, at around $35 a pop for a starter, this was not going to happen unless I wanted to make myself homeless/my boyfriend to disown me on the spot. I ordered the meatballs to start. Unadventurous I know, but I had a craving and they were delicious! My boyfriend tucked into a small ravioli of roast rabbit, veal and pork which I couldn't resist sticking my fork into. The flavours were amazing and the presentation perfection. Worth the price tag? Not really. But at Rosetta you pay for the whole decadent fine dining experience.
The main course. Charcoal grilled wild venison with butternut squash puree and balsamic onions. I wouldn't normally select venison from a menu, especially when there are lamb, chicken and pork options also available, but the waiter raved so much about how delicious it was that I just had to indulge. As can be expected with these fancy restaurants, the portion size would have been more suitable for a borrower rather than a hungry human sized diner, but it melted in my mouth and tasted like heaven nonetheless. My boyfriend ordered house made pork sausages with organic roast pumpkin, walnut and sage salsa. As you can tell we are a household of carnivores. I assumed from the yummy noises and the nonsensical blabbering coming out of his mouth (which often happens when he is distracted by food), that this was also a taste sensation. The food didn't last very long and the waiter easily bribed us into ordering dessert. Panna Cotta with fresh raspberries to share. Oh my goodness. If it weren't for the guilt of spending more money on food, we would have ordered another one. Our spoons were clinking as they battled for each bite.
The worst part of the night was the bill at the end. Rosetta is a fantastic restaurant and a truly amazing dining experience but in all honesty the food is overpriced. Go to Rosetta if you feel like indulging and treating yourself, but be prepared to empty your wallet. Whining aside, I had a great time and I will definitely be going back, but maybe not for another twenty years.