Lalla Rookh re-visited

Lalla Rookh, in the basement of Allandale Square, offering high quality Italian fare, has three main areas – a bar when you first enter off the food court, a more dimly lit dining area, and through another set of doors the Wine Store off Sherwood Court where you can browse the racks of wine bottles, have a drink or take a bottle or two home, as well as have food brought through from the restaurant. It is a favourite place, but on this most recent visit we decided to seat ourselves in the restaurant area.

The wine list is well put together, covering Australian and international wines, with a focus on regional and varietal expression, while the menu is a celebration of regional Italian cuisine.

From the wine by the glass list we enjoyed a couple of glasses of an Italian rosé, Le Fraghe “Rodon” – strawberries and rose petals on the nose, raspberry, blackcurrant and cinnamon notes on the palate – crisp, clean and dry.

A basket of chewy, doughy bread and a little olive oil, helped us through the short wait for our meals.

Octopus

And on to the food: we decided to stick to the small, share plates, and went for, firstly, grilled octopus served with peperonata – the charry flavours of the tender tentacles of octopus complementing the mild spiciness of the sauce.

Stuffed flower

Then onto stuffed zucchini flowers, deep fried, with bocconcini, white anchovies and salsa verde – crisp flowers, the saltiness of the fish sitting alongside the herbal and garlicky notes of the green sauce, and creaminess of the cheese.

prawn

Finally a couple of sweet fleshed Shark bay king prawns doused in butter infused with mildly spiced Aleppo pepper – again a well-constructed dish full of complementary flavours and textures.

Lalls Rookh never disappoints – excellent food, a great wine list, top-class service – one of the best Italian places around town.

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