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Vibrante Restaurant, Functions & Bar

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published December 21st 2016
Up-market restaurant with large servings of delicious food


This up-market restaurant and bar is in the prime position on the corner of James and Anderson Streets Templestowe. It has been there for over seven years and acquired many regular customers. Apart from the exceptional food, the service is very professional - and it's not very often I can honestly say that.



Hemant has been working there since just after that they opened. He clearly loves his job, so much so I thought he must be the manager. His positivity and energy rubs off on his customers. We were enjoying the Italian coloured dips so much he commented 'You don't need to put a hole in the plate, I'll just get you some more'. We were not sure whether he was joking, but soon after he arrived with another small complimentary bowl of their very delicious spinach dip.

Italian Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, coffee and cakes, gluten free, child friendly, Extensive dinner menu, licenced bar and restaurant, function rooms,
A great way to start with a trio of dips (spinach, olive and sun-dried tomatoes) with hot breads)


I have eaten Vibrante's home-made gnocchi Gorgonzola before and it was hard to go past. I was only slightly more adventurous ordering the gnocchi polo fungi with chicken, mushrooms, cashew pesto and cream ($23). One of my friends ordered the spaghetti fungi spinachi, which was spaghetti tossed in garlic, chilli, olive oil, mushrooms, spinach, cherry tomatoes and olives for $19.

Italian Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, coffee and cakes, gluten free, child friendly, Extensive dinner menu, licenced bar and restaurant, function rooms,
Melt in your mouth gnocchi


My other friend ordered the eye fillets with barbecue prawns. This was 200g grain free feed char grilled on a bed of mashed potatoes with Dutch carrots, green beans, broccoli and Shiraz Jus. This was presented beautifully for $34.

Italian Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, coffee and cakes, gluten free, child friendly, Extensive dinner menu, licenced bar and restaurant, function rooms,
See the sparkle of the olive oil.


All dishes were well loved by their eaters and generous serves. I got to bring home some leftovers.

Italian Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, coffee and cakes, gluten free, child friendly, Extensive dinner menu, licenced bar and restaurant, function rooms,
Surf and turf


While there, you must look at the dessert fridge. The height of the baked cheesecake must be the tallest I have ever seen. There were many other very tempting cakes and desserts. We couldn't resist the baked cheesecake with toffee and macadamias.

Italian Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, coffee and cakes, gluten free, child friendly, Extensive dinner menu, licenced bar and restaurant, function rooms,
Which would you choose?


We finished the night well and truly full with art designed hot chocolate and coffee. We've been here before and we'll go back again.

Italian Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, coffee and cakes, gluten free, child friendly, Extensive dinner menu, licenced bar and restaurant, function rooms,
A perfect portrait


Vibrante's serve breakfast on weekends and give 10% of all takeaway food. For a sneak peak at the menu and to make bookings, click here.

Italian Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, coffee and cakes, gluten free, child friendly, Extensive dinner menu, licenced bar and restaurant, function rooms,
The outdoor area is glorious at sunset


See also review of Carlucci's In Templestowe, click here.
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Why? Spoil yourself
When: Open 7 days a week 10am until late
Phone: 9846 6222
Where: 133 James Street, Templestowe
Cost: Reasonable
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