Momma had done some reading about restaurants in Melbourne and wanted to go to Dish so we willingly obliged! Dish is attached to a hotel but it doesn't come across as a hotel restaurant and you don't walk through a lobby or find any other indication it is so.
Steve ordered the pappardelle with aromatic braised lamb and parsley and hoovered it up pretty damn quick so I can only assume it was good. Mum's spaghettini with crab and tiger prawns, garlic, olive oil and chilli was well flavoured and yummy. My local calamari with rocket and romesco sauce was tender and well seasoned. I'd have liked a bit more romesco sauce. My sister ordered the Summer vegetable soup with orzo and pesto and didn't finish it. It was bit too tomatoey and bland. Nevertheless a pretty good start.
Wait staff were efficient if not the most engaging but we wanted for nothing and service was smooth so no complaints.
Main courses followed shortly. Mum opted for the salmon fishcakes and sorrel sauce. Three large fishcakes packed full of salmon - huge portion and pretty tasty too. I also opted for a fish dish and went with the local roasted snapper with potato croquette in tomato sauce and tiger prawns with aioli. The fish was well cooked and the tomato sauce went well with the fleshy fish. The potato croquette was a little heavy so I left half of it and ate the french fires we'd ordered instead. The french fries were super skinny and crispy so really yummy.
I-Lin (my sis) ordered the spaghettini my mum had as a starter for her main course and polished that off and Steve went for the grass fed Margaret River eye fillet with fricasée of mushrooms, potato purée and Bordelaise suace. He declared a really good steak and certainly a memorable one. I think it was the dish of the night.
Too full for dessert but we were convinced by my sister who loves dessert to all share the Spanish doughnuts with dark chocolate fudge sauce. Five strips of piping hot doughnut arrived. They were dusted in cinammon, crisp on the outside and fluffy soft in the middle. Very light and not greasy so eating a whole one was just the right amount. Steve and sis shared the last one.
Dish was a pretty good place for a meal and there'll be something on the menu for all tastes so a good place to go with a group of people or family.