A couple of weeks ago, Bestie and I went to Bella Vedere for a joint belated birthday lunch. It was to shout each other a lovely meal and a great excuse to spend time together. We had been here years ago for an afternoon tea where I discovered, what I'm calling, 'the best tiramisu in the world.' I've previously posted how crazy I am about tiramisu, see my tiramisu recipe here. BF also knows how mad I am about Bella Vedere's tiramisu, as he once asked them to make one for me, drove all the way there and back again as a surprise.
So, as you can probably tell, I was very excited to have lunch at Bella Vedere. When I booked, I asked if there would be tiramisu (as the menu changes everyday) and was told that they couldn't guarantee, but would whisper into the chef's ear and to keep our fingers-crossed. So, crossing my fingers, I certainly did!
When we arrived, I spotted a large bowl of tiramisu on the stunning dessert table. I got very excited and couldn't wait for dessert. However, as you know, I couldn't just have dessert.
For mains, I ordered the Veal Saltimbocca with prosciutto sage panned with white wine butter served with Milanese risotto. I found the flavours of the dish nice, but found the veal a little tough. I actually had to ask for a steak knife as I couldn't cut it with my standard knife. The risotto was a little under-seasoned by itself, however with the saltiness of the veal, it was a great pairing.
|Veal Saltimbocca with prosciutto sage panned with white wine butter served with Milanese risotto ($36.00)|
Bestie's main dish was the Organic chicken from Arandale Farm Milawa braised cacciatore style with rice. The chicken was cooked to perfection. Falling off the bone and tender. Delicious! I must say that I did get a little case of the dreaded food-envy.
|Organic chicken from Arandale Farm Milawa braised cacciatore style with rice ($32.00)|
We also shared a side of hand cut chips. They were lovely - crispy on the exterior, soft potato on the inside.
|Hand cut chips ($8.00)|
Bella Vedere is a great restaurant with amazing sweets. If you are in the Yarra Valley region, I would recommend stopping into Bella Vedere. You may want to book first as all tables were full during our lunchtime serve. As you probably can tell, I would definitely come back for their tiramisu. I would die if I could work out how they make it so amazing.