I've been meaning to go to this restaurant for a while. It just got a chef's hat according to The Age's 'Good Food Guide' and some friends have also recommended it
So the hubby organised a surprise dinner and took me there last Friday night.
We were happy with the place from the start. The decor was beautiful, nice flower arrangements, the right amount of light; great atmosphere.
Service was also very good throughout our meal. The waiter recommended the entree special: lightly battered oysters with wasabi mayo served on a bed to tuna carpaccio.
Oysters with wasabi mayo and tuna carpaccio
The texture of the oysters was amazing and, although I generally prefer raw oysters, these were perfectly cooked. Tuna carpaccio was extremely thin and the mayo was really nice and enhanced the flavour of the dish. It was definitely a good start for our meal.
For main, my husband ordered their 'duck two ways' consisting of a duck magre (breast) and leg confit ($37) served in a caramelised onion tart. He also had a truffle oil infused potato pure as a side, which was the highlight of his meal. Of course, I also tried all of it. In one word: delicious!
Braised duck breast and confit leg
My main was also duck - the night's special duck and portobelo mushroom risotto ($25). I didn't really love this one as much as my entree. The rice was very well cooked, beautiful chucks of duck throughout but, to my taste, a bit blend. It tasted better once I added some fresh cracked pepper to it.
We were pretty full after that and didn't find anything that enticing in the desert menu, so decided to go just a short black instead.
As a good Italian restaurant, their coffee was delicious and came with a couple of chocolate coated coffee beans - eating something sweet is always a good way to end a meal.
In sum, we had a great night out, with friendly service and a reasonable price ($50 a head with a glass of wine each). Estivo is a place that I would definitely recommend for a romantic dinner - even better when you're being surprised by your loved one!