eating out: vine

Our housemate is leaving town so we all headed out for a final meal together. He’s a fan of Italian so we decided to try a leisurely Sunday lunch at Vine in New Farm.

We headed to the restaurant around 1.30pm and found it to be quite full. There was a pleasant outdoor area but on the cold and rainy day we were there, everyone was huddled up inside.

We started with tomato and bocconcini bruschetta ($14) to share – and conveniently there were three pieces which worked perfectly for us. The bread was crunchy and the tomatoes fresh. It was perfect to whet our appetites.

For our meals, we each opted for a traditional Italian option. I chose an entree sized ravioli filled with spinach, ricotta and saffron in a cherry tomatoes and fresh basil sauce ($16), which I found to be very tasty and the perfect size for lunch. The guys both opted for full size meals, being the manly men they are. Our housemate had a very tasty looking home-made tagliatelle with scallops, prawns, mussels, calamari, fresh crab and cherry tomatoes in white wine and olive oil with a hint of chilli ($33.50) while the boy had the spanner crab risotto, soft shell crab and preserved lemon ($35.50), which I would personally recommend you order for yourself.

The guys were both a little sloshed by this point after two bottles of Waipara Hill Pinot Gris ($47 each) between them so we got some tasty desserts. Between us, we ate two of the lemon panacotta, fresh strawberries and vin santo syrup, and a tiramisu ($11 each). My personal recommendation is the panacotta – it was creamy, lemony deliciousness!

I was really impressed with Vine – this was one of the best Italian meals I’ve had in Brisbane that didn’t taste like I could’ve easily made it at home. Buon appetito!

Where to find it: 158 Moray St, New Farm
Where to find it online: www.vinerestaurant.com.au

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