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#LaCameraMondays Launch at La Camera Southgate
Posted on: March 6, 2016, by AMYLEEACTIVEShare:
Perched amongst riverside treetops on Southgate is La Camera Restaurant, bringing a touch of Italy to Melbourne with its array of authentic Italian dishes and an unpretentious, but classic feel. With stunning views over the Yarra River and iconic Flinders Street Station, it’s the perfect place to perk up your Monday!
Monday the 29th of February was the launch of the quirky and generous #LaCameraMondays, where diners who post on social media with this hashtag will receive an exciting MYSTERY PRIZE in the form of Italian deck cards – free cocktail, discount off the bill, free dessert, even a card to go into the draw to win a trip to Port Douglas! It will run for the first 3 Mondays of every month.
The family owned and operated restaurant offers an array of classic Italian dishes, including pizzas and pastas made from scratch in every flavour possible, and by far the most delectable Tiramisu in town, which is “possibly the only tiramisu better than his Mum’s”, claims the lovely owner, Paul.
Favourite main of the night was the Ravioli Al Sapore Di Aragosta e Gamberi: lobster and prawn filled ravioli with clarified butter infused with saffron threads, sliced garlic and fresh sage. ($33.5) It is on the smaller size but is SO satisfying as it’s seriously creamy and flavoursome!
Entrecote 300gm: Clare Valley (SA) Scotch fillet – minimum 100 day grain fed natural beef, served with chunky chips. ($38.9)
Insalata Vegana: (Vegan Salad) a massive bowl of superfoods goodness; quinoa, pomegranates, mint, parlsey, toasted almonds, blackcurrants, cranberries and diced celery on a bed of watercress leaves. Drizzled with pomegranate dressing and balsamic reduction. When I say massive, I’m serious – had to take half of it home! ($19)
If anyone knows about success in hospitality, it’s Paul Scidone, one of the proud owners of La Camera Southgate. Not only is he one of the most gracious hosts I’ve ever come across, he is also one of the most innovative – bringing a whole new ball game to the restaurant industry, with shoutouts every week to other restaurants, a variety of live entertainment, in the form of jazz bands and live pizza making, and Italian Yum Cha.
Oh, and he also grows all his own fruits and vegetables organically – I’m talkin’ zucchinis literally the size of your head (check out their Instagram @lacamera_southgate to see the botanical beauties).
The entertainment never stops at La Camera Southgate – Paul gives us a private tour of the Waterslide Bar, a historic Melbourne venue, circa 1900…with a secret entrance!
Pistachio Slice with Persian Fairy Floss ($14)Another reason to make La Camera your date night – The “Dessert Heaven for Two” is a giant fishbowl-sized glass filled with goodies – triple choc brownie with vanilla nougat icecream, summer berries, butterscotch snap and Dulce De Leche. ($22). This is one decadent, Insta-worthy dessert.
After almost two decades in the biz, you have to wonder how and why. La Camera Southgate is definitely one classic Italian restaurant that knows how put clever spins on tradition. One of the things I admire most are the owners’ insistence on upholding their integrity – Paul often invites bloggers to come in, unannounced, and only tell him who they are after their dining experience, to get truly honest feedback.
Their long-time success is a testament to their innovation in the industry…and I’ll definitely be returning for that Italian Yum Cha.