It's a busy place with lots of big parties and we stood at the bar for a short time whilst the people at our table paid their bill and the wait staff cleared and re set it. Like many Melbourne places, there were people seated at the bar enjoying their food too. I like that many restaurants serve food at the bar and that it's no bookings for that area. I've had many an enjoyable meal seated at the bar of a buzzy restaurant.
- Wild harvested Tasmanian wallaby carpaccio, native pepper soil, toasted macadamia nut, bush tomato, cured egg
- Mamma Lucias ‘suppli’
- Wild duck and ‘provolone polpette’, pistacchio, aniseed myrtle
- Oven roasted razor clam, truffled potato, porcini crumb
- Deep fried zucchini flower stuffed with a ricotta and crab mixture
The restaurant was pretty hectic at this time and the wait staff were zipping from table to table pretty quickly. I sent back my pork as it wasn't what I'd ordered in spite of it looking pretty good. It was brough back to us and we were told that the rabbit would take 15 minutes and we'd be welcome to have the pork to start on whilst we waited for the rabbit. The waiter also took Steve's steak away.
So we dug into the pork. It was really good - sticky and char siu like with excellent crackling. I should have ordered this!
The rabbit and steak arrived pretty quickly and it turned out that they'd given us someone else's pork and well done steak by mistake previously. Anyway confusion averted and handled pretty smoothly. We got free pork anyway! Steve's steak was just beautiful. Cooked to perfection, meaty and juicy; I can understand why he's been raving about this steak since our early days in Melbourne. The slightly sweet, slightly sour caponata that came with it cut through th e denseness of the meat.
The rabbit I ordered was a bit hit and miss. Certain pieces of the meat was juicy and tasty and other bits were a bit overcooked so mushy and dry. It came with a really tasty barley risotto and a few sprouts that were crunchy and the slight bitterness was a lovely contrast to the sweetness of the meat and jus. There were also some sweet pieces of what seemed like sponge cake on the plate. Didn't quite get that and left that to one side.
There were some stellar dishes at Sarti and it's a fun place to dine with a larger group. It seems to be a popular place with large groups. It can get a bit frantic and some of the wait staff don't seem to cope with the stress as well as others so service can be a bit erratic depending on who happens to serve you. Having said that the whole overall experience was a positive one and I'd go back for the steak.