Centro – Cnr York and Cecil St, South Melbourne

PG has been working in South Melbourne now for over 6 months, and I still haven’t ventured over from the CBD to have lunch with him! So we thought we’d go somewhere nice when I eventually had a lunch break that I could spare a little extra time. PG suggested Centro, as he’d walked past a few times and eyed the food coming out of the kitchen. It wasn’t top of my list to try in the area, but after having a look at the menu online I was definitely intrigued! It’s a quaint Italian restaurant with a cosy atmosphere inside.

It’s not normal for us, but we couldn’t decide which entree to get so we ordered two! I think it’s a must order when they say on their menu that it’s a signature dish, and how can you say no to anything with crab??

CALAMARI AL PEPERONCINO  Our signature dish of fine strips of calamari pan cooked in virgin olive oil,  chilli, with a touch of garlic and served with rocket

CALAMARI AL PEPERONCINO
Our signature dish of fine strips of calamari pan cooked in virgin olive oil,
chilli, with a touch of garlic and served with rocket

FRITTELLE  Crab and fish fritters served with a tomato and  Sicilian caper salsa

FRITTELLE
Crab and fish fritters served with a tomato and
Sicilian caper salsa

GNOCCHI  Potato gnocchi with beef and veal meatballs and tomato, gratinéed with  mozzarella

GNOCCHI
Potato gnocchi with beef and veal meatballs and tomato, gratinéed with
mozzarella

Fish of the day - Pan fried Salmon with snow peas, sweet potato fritter

Fish of the day – Pan fried Salmon with snow peas and sweet potato fritter

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SOUFFLÉ DI BANANA
A banana soufflé served with a strawberry compote and vanilla bean ice
cream

The Verdict

All our dishes were thoroughly enjoyed. First and foremost I must make mention to their signature calamari – it is easily one of the best PG and I have ever had. It was so tender, beautiful flavours with a hint of chilli. Just divine. You can order this as an entree or a main size, I’ll probably be going the main size next time! The crab fritters were lovely too, although maybe just a little dry and not enough crab, but other than that was still a delight to eat.

PG really enjoyed his Gnocchi that he ordered for his main. He finished the whole dish, although made mention to the fact that it was a little too cheesy and quite rich. My salmon was perfectly cooked, and went well with the accompaniments of snow peas and the sweet potato fritter. the sauce could have been a little more rich to compliment the dish, but other than I really enjoyed it.

For dessert we ordered the banana souffle and was another highlight of our meal. It was perfectly cooked and had a strong banana flavour which I loved. Souffle can always be deceiving, you can somehow convince yourself that it’s a lighter option on the menu so you don’t feel as guilty either at the end ;)

Centro

Corner York and Cecil St
South Melbourne,VIC
www.centroristorante.com.au

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