Bottega Melbourne

Photo Sundays: Lunch at Bottega, Melbourne

by April@MyFoodTrail on July 8, 2012

in Dining Out, Italian, Melbourne, Photo Sundays

Bottega
74 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC
PH: (03) 9654 2252

It was a couple of months ago that I was invited along to a lunch at Bottega to try out the new lunch menu designed by head chef Gabriele Olivieri. Bottega is smallish, cosy restaurant located on Bourke Street, near the Spring Street end. A few doors down is Grossi Florentino, another Italian fine dining restaurant, but Bottega owner Denis Lucey says Bottega’s aim is to keep food moderately priced. He certainly does that with an express lunch menu at $35 for 2 courses or $45 for 3 courses, including a glass of wine or coffee/tea.

I really enjoyed the food at Bottega. The highlight for me was the amazing chargrilled ox tongue which was beautifully tender. I don’t normally eat ox tongue so that’s saying a lot!

Bottega - Inside

Inside Bottega – a nice place for an intimate date

Bottega - Olives

Olives and grissini to start

Bottega - Bruschetta, Baccala Mantecato & Vincotto

Bruschetta, Baccala Mantecato & Vincotto
We thought it was cheesy toast at first, but it was creamy whipped salted cod.

Bottega - Vitello Tonnato, Pickled Celery Hearts & Crispy Capers

Vitello Tonnato, Pickled Celery Hearts & Crispy Capers
This was cold, sliced veal and a bit too chewy for my liking.

Bottega - Yellow Fin Tuna & Eggplant Rosemary Spiedino, Anchovy, Parsley & Chilli Oil

Yellow Fin Tuna & Eggplant Rosemary Spiedino, Anchovy, Parsley & Chilli Oil
This was chunks of seared tuna and roasted eggplant, skewered on a stalk of rosemary so the rosemary permeated through.

Bottega - Char-Grilled Ox Tongue, Salsa Verde, Anchovy & Croutons

Char-Grilled Ox Tongue, Salsa Verde, Anchovy & Croutons
The highlight for me. Tender, generous slices of ox tongue, flavoured with the anchovy and salsa verde

Bottega - Buffalo Ricotta Filled Zucchini Flowers, Tomato & Basil Coulis, Vincotto

Buffalo Ricotta Filled Zucchini Flowers, Tomato & Basil Coulis, Vincotto
Unbattered, these zucchini flowers let the ricotta take centre stage.

Bottega - Roasted tomato & burrata agnolotti, smoked eggplant puree, lemon rocket, balsamico

Roasted tomato & burrata agnolotti, smoked eggplant puree, lemon rocket, balsamico
The parcels were filled with a creamy roasted tomato and cheese (burrata) filling. I thought it was interesting to serve the pasta with an eggplant puree rather than a sauce.

Bottega - House Made Strozzapreti with Clams, Mussels, Prawns & Calamari

House Made Strozzapreti with Clams, Mussels, Prawns & Calamari
I loved the slighty firm bite of the strozzapreti (pasta) and the rich, flavoursome seafood sauce

Bottega - Char-Grilled Western Plains Pork Belly, Apple Puree, Frisee Salad & Crackling

Char-Grilled Western Plains Pork Belly, Apple Puree, Frisee Salad & Crackling
Bottega knows how to do chargrilled well and the pork belly, though fatty, was very tender

Over & Out, April xx

April dined as a guest of Bottega.

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

So lucky to be invited :) everything looks so lovely ~ whenever I hear people say “Bottega” lol i immediately think of that hand bag brand that sounds very similar hehe Definitely putting them on my go to list ~

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April@MyFoodTrail July 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Haha, I think of Bottega Veneta too!!

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Sophie July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

The food all looks very fresh!

I really want to try the zucchini flowers :)

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April@MyFoodTrail July 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

They were really generously stuffed!

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Michelle July 9, 2012 at 11:25 am

no desserts?

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April@MyFoodTrail July 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm

There was desserts, but I had to go back to work so I left before I got to try desserts!

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Iron Chef Shellie July 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

oooo looks great, will have to get down there one day :)

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April@MyFoodTrail July 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm

It’s a great place for a special occasion date ;)

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Winston July 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Oh wow. The food looks awesome and really high quality and well prepared, which makes the price of the meal super reasonable. Would love to try this out. Interesting that the zucchini flowers aren’t battered, sounds like a nice refreshing change. And YUM, ox tongue will definitely stick on my mind for a while

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April@MyFoodTrail July 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

The ox tongue definitely would be the dish to try as well as their house made pastas.

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GourmetGetaways July 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm

What a lovely menu! I will have to try the zucchini with ricotta, I usually avoid it because I don’t like deep fried food, I am sure I would prefer this version. The seafood pasta looks like another winner too, although it would be hard to go past the char grilled pork belly !!

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April@MyFoodTrail July 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

It’s hard to choose when everything looks so good, isn’t it?! :)

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msihua July 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I ate bolognese there yesterday! After I sinned with veal! There is no hope for me at Bottega’s but it’s such a lovely place!

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April@MyFoodTrail July 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Eek! Double eek! Don’t worry I didn’t see hehe

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Agnes July 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

Ohmygosh you enjoyed the ox tongue? There is hope for you yet! :D

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April@MyFoodTrail August 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Haha! Yes, I tried to not imagine the tongue when I was eating it! Taste wise it was fantastic!

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Thanh August 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

Food looks great, as does your photos. I must check out Bottega one day.

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April@MyFoodTrail August 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thanks! If you go, make sure you order the house made pasta and the ox tongue.

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