Date Night in Yarraville

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Cafe Terroni white bait


Date night – A cozy Italian night
Cafe Terroni, 18 Ballarat st, Yarraville 

It was a Monday night and little did we know that most of the restaurants down Yarraville’s cute little Ballarat street were closed on Mondays. Yim Yam was open and as much as we love that place we thought we’d try something different for what could be our last date night in a while!

Just a block or two closer to the Sun Theatre were a few Italian places we thought looked like the perfect place for a romantic kid-free dinner. Dim candle lit tables were inviting us in to try out Cafe Terroni. I was worried we didn’t have a booking but the staff happily gave us a few seating options and we chose to sit at the bar at the window.

We ordered:

– fast fried white bait with aioli (it was on the specials board)

– salmon with cauliflower puree and an apple and walnut saland (also on the specials board)

– Parmigiana di melanzane e ricotta – traditionally layered eggplant with ricotta cheese and tomato sugo served with rocket and parmesan salad

As it was such a hot night we decided to go for a walk and have an ice cream over at Hello Gelo. I had the maple walnut flavor while the hubby had good old chocolate.

It was nice to have uninterrupted conversation with the better half and felt so relaxing not having to rush around anywhere…but at the same time we were so glad to pick Mr D up from grandma’s house giving him lots of cuddles and kisses before bedtime! He’s so soft and always so happy to see us 🙂 Blessed.

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Work lunch #5 Every Friday smoke comes wafting out from the Rialto forecourt

2015/02/img_0243-0.png Merchant BBQ – Rialto forecourt Collins st, Melbourne

Thanks to a focus on mindfulness and wellbeing at work, a few of us decided to get out and about to enjoy the bright weather and each other’s company. When a work mate suggested we go out for a team lunch across the road for a BBQ I thought, where? Turns out every Friday right in the forecourt of the Rialto tower Merchant gets the barbie going.


A friendly crowd waited in the line that moved quite quickly and I ended up chatting to some others on their lunch break who told me that they’ve been coming here Friday for their lunch (they work just right above!).

I ordered the charcoal spit roast lamb with a generous serve of condiments and it was saucy and filling.

We’ll definitely be back again as I’ve heard the chicken spit is a must from their menu! If you’re not into spit roast, you also have sizzling sausages as an option for lunch. A Virgin Mary refreshment accompanied my meal as they were promoting the upcoming tomato festival…seems like Melbourne has an abundance of festivals at the moment.

Fridays until sold out, get to the Rialto early and enjoy a relaxed casual atmosphere with meaty goodness.

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