High Tea at Christina Re
I came upon this place a few weeks ago when I went to a friends hens party. We had high tea at this beautiful elegant place that was decorated with flowers and pretty crockery. There was also a section for crafts that could be bought from the store (invitations, thank you cards stationery).
We sat down and had our drinks orders taken. I ordered the peppermint tea. Then not long later out came the tray of quiches and the tower full of delectable goodies.
The bottom tray contained sandwiches. Cucumber, salmon and chicken. I found the cucumber sandwiches to be quite plain but the other two were nice. The scones were very nice with the jam and cream but who can go wrong with scones! Last of all the top tier which contained the sweets. By that time we were already filled from the sandwiches n scones so we were only able to try a few. I had a pistachio macaron and a lemon cupcake. The macaron was nice although the pistachio flavour wasn’t that prominent. The cupcake was a bit dry as well.
I think this place needs a bit of an upgrade in regards to the food. If the food was a little bit better I think this place would be fantastic for a girls afternoon but at $75 a head I don’t think it was worth it.
Ombra Salumi Bar
Funky newish restaurant from Guy Grossi on the top end of Bourke St Melbourne.
Staff are very attentive and know their stuff so if you’re ever unsure of what something is, they’ll let you know and give their recommendations on what is good.
We went on a Friday night and got a complimentary starter. I can’t remember what it was called exactly. It looked like an arrancini but with pork belly inside it! I’m not sure if it was supposed to be served cold but it was but still tasted delightful. (BIG fan of pork belly btw)
We started with our order of arrancini balls with prosciutto. This i found was average. It was missing the cheesy-ness that I expected in an arrancini. Next we had their 12hr cooked lamb ribs. We ordered this as guests on other websites have recommended this dish. Although it came out smelling like KFC (which i love the smell of) it tasted nothing like it. The lamb i think was under seasoned or needed a bit of salt or a little bit of a kick to it. The meat however did fall off the bone which i was quite impressed with.
For mains we had a prosciutto pizza accompanied with ‘Tagliere di Salumi’(3 different types of cured meats). We tried the Felini, Cacciatore and a salami (i think it was venison salami?). The pizza and cured meats were a good end to the meal and we were quite satisfied.
Overall i think the bar/restaurant is a funky place for a good catch up with friends which includes good food and wine.