Anyway before the shopping begins we decide we need to eat and given it's our second date it makes sense to go somewhere quite nice and romantic so we can get to know each other better! Sharen suggests Caffe é Cucina and it's a place we've both heard of but never been and that takes the pressure off. Nothing worse than suggesting a place and then it proves to be a disappointment!
We're taken to a small little table at the front of the restaurant and our drinks orders taken promptly. We're informed of the daily specials and then left to consider our choices. This is tough as there are quite a few things that sound appealing.
The Polletto alla Cacciatora which is braised Barossa Valley free-range spatchcock with polenta and sugo alla cacciatora appeals as does one of the pasta specials with crabmeat and scampi.
Sharen chooses Calamari Sant’Andrea dusted in flour and shallow-fried, with rocket and house dressing. Upon the waiter's recommendation we also have a salad of wild rocket, pear, shaved grana, extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.
Food arrives quickly and it's delicious. My pasta has that al dente bite to it and the tomatoes are sweet but not over powering. The seafood is fresh. Admittedly there's not that much seafood and a few more mussels, pips and prawns wouldn't go amiss. I think there were two thin slices of scallop in there.
Sharen said positive things about the calamari and I really enjoyed the rocket salad. The leaves were flavoursome and the shaved cheese a great accompaniment.
Overall it was a positive experience. We discussed that it was a pricy option for lunch but it is more restaurant than café so higher prices are to be expected. The flavours, ambience and attention from the waitstaff was all good so we didn't feel that we were ripped off and we didn't begrudge paying the prices.