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Published August 15th 2012
Verve - More than just food
In search of lunch at Westfield Marion Shopping Centre, and wanting to steer away from the obvious food court, we headed to Verve Kitchen & Bar. Located on the second floor near Greater Union Cinema, it is situated outside in close proximity to Spargo's and Casuarina.
On first impressions, Verve reminded me of a nice modern pub bistro. There appeared to be two non distinct dining areas. Towards the front, where windows brought in natural lighting, were couples and families with young children. Moving towards the back where there is a nice toasty fireplace sat a larger group of diners.
After seating ourselves down, we made our way to the bar to place our order. There were two groups of patrons in front of us. Even though the queue was not long, another friendly, staff member quickly noticed us waiting and gestured to take our order.
Amongst our small group of four, there was a preschooler and a toddler. Without needing to ask, the preschooler was automatically given his own plate and cutlery to share his mum's food.
Within the first few minutes of arrival, the toddler had become restless and wanting to climb out of the baby chair and all over the table like it was a session at Gymbaroo. One of the waiters must have noticed and within minutes, came with a takeaway lidded coffee cup filled with ice to keep the toddler happy and occupied. I was impressed with the waiter for showing such excellent observation, initiative and thoughtfulness.
Verve is certainly a child friendly dining place. Children are catered for with a kid's menu that included options like Mini Steak or Grilled Chicken, Pasta and Meatballs and Chicken Nuggets. All kids' meals ($8.90) come with a soft drink and are served with the option of chips or mash and vegetable.
Our order of ribs arrived promptly. My ribs, which for some reason I had envisaged to be beef ribs, turned out to be pork belly ribs. Despite this, I was very contented with the pork belly. It was cooked just right - any less time on the stove or oven and it would have been chewy.
My dining partner would have preferred the ribs to be cooked slightly longer for a more melt in the mouth texture but nonetheless was quite happy with her choice of main. Most importantly, the preschooler and toddler who were both fussy eaters gave the thumbs up to the sweet, sticky ribs and commanded more. That was a good sign. The side salad was fresh and dressed in a light tangy dressing. The chips were quite good - it was nicely battered, seasoned perfectly, stayed crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
In addition to serving meals (breafast, lunch and dinner), Verve Kitchen & Bar also caters for functions with set packages available. They also offer movie dinner deals and 10% discount to students and seniors. Being a bar, there are no shortage of drink options available. Happy Hour is held everyday between 4pm-6pm. Every Monday night at 7pm, Quiz Nights are held with prizes to be won. And for those who are daring enough or seeking stardom, there is an open mic night every Tuesday to sing a song, tell a joke or recite a poetry. There are prizes up for grabs and most likely awarded to the best or worst act.
The food at Verve is ordinary but done well. Pricing is moderate but what stands out is the fantastic service. The attention to detail and cheerful staff will keep us returning to Verve Bar & Kitchen time and time again.