Rosetta is Neil Perry’s latest. Apparently, there’s one in Melbourne already. It’s fancy Italian cuisine, near Circular Quay on George Street in a rather gorgeous Harry Seidler building. The setting (and the ample light that comes through the ceiling to floor windows) is beautiful.
Sometimes at lunch, I wish I had an extra stomach, at least at a restaurant like this, as I don’t feel up to going for a full three courses. But we made a good go of it, with a vegetarian pizzette to start with and a lovely plate of slow-cooked artichokes with olives, almonds and lemon.
Then I had the special pasta of the day, with seafood, and C had the eggplant parmiagiana. With rather nice glasses of wine to accompany the food.
What can I say? The food was pretty much perfection, definitely fine dining but not fussy or complicated, and very, very tasty. Quite a few servers, and all very earnest Europeans. It was pricey, but it looks like the lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu, so yes, expensive for lunch, but I don’t think outrageous for dinner.
It happened to be one of those lunches that I just didn’t feel like taking photos of the food. Do you ever feel like that?