A homely Italian tucked away with little fuss, in a modest 70's styled parlour.
Out with a group of friends who had taken awhile getting their act together and at a loss of where to eat at 10pm on a Wednesday night. All of us waiting staff with hungry bellies and elaborate tastes.
Someone remembered a recommendation from a friend of the aptly named 'The Waiters Club Restaurant', 20 Meyers Place, just off Bourke Street close to Parliament. A place you could easily miss if you weren't told about it. You enter the restaurant with only a high placed sign to indicate you're at the right place. You're met with two flights of stairs where you literally stumble upon a small cafeteria looking, manmade wood walls, out dated wall hangings, school table type furnishing; tacky or kitsch? You decide.
The menu is displayed on the walls on chalk and handwritten boards adding to the rough and ready look.
I ordered gnocchi in Puttanesca sauce. The gnocchi were regularly served in Napoli sauce but the waitress patiently explained that you could easily customise most dishes. The gnocchi were melt in your mouth succulent and the sauce was punchy and morerish.
I ordered a Chianti to accompany my dish and as Chiantis go it was smooth drinking.
The atmosphere was relaxed, service was courteously speedy and the background music was chilled out and cheesy.
You'll be so happy to have heard of it and I can guarantee you'll take a string of friends there who aren't in the know time and time again.
You'd be wise to book on a week night. Went before a show a couple of years back. Agree with everything you've said, was awesome and would happily go back but by the time we left for a 7.30 show there was a queue all the way down the stairs and down the laneway..