Carlo’s

We had an $80 gift voucher from here that had to be used up and since my parents were down, we thought that we would be able to spend at least $80 on dinner with them! Since it was a Saturday night, we rang and booked a table and I think it was a good thing that we did – they were incredibly busy. In fact, the tables were so close together that it was impossible to get past in some places once people were sitting at them… However, I digress! I have heard lots of good things about this place – the main thing is that they do amazing breakfasts – so given the quality of the dinner, I think we will go back and check it out. My mum decided that sizzling prawns were the way to go entree wise, so the rest of us shared a dip plate and the garlic and parmesan damper (from the specials board). The damper was delicious, as were the dips. The dips were a little unusual as it wasn’t your standard hummous, eggplant and beetroot. Well, there was beetroot, but there was also mushroom and something that we think was corn – absolutely yummy. And they came with a giant basket of bread which we couldn’t finish. We all ordered vegetarian risotto (some with chicken for the meat eaters) for our mains. The waitress recommended entree sizes since we had ordered entrees and we were glad that she did – they were still quite large. There are 2 types of vegetarian risotto on the menu – one with pumpkin and peas (which Martin had), and the other with tomato and spinach (which I had) and which was kind of like a risotto with a pasta sauce stirred through it. It was good, the flavours were subtle, but it was definitely good. This was all washed down with a nice bottle of wine, and we were so full that we could not even consider desert! There were a couple of things that were a little dodgy about this place. My dad’s risotto came out without chicken, so it had to be redone, in the meantime, the rest of us had all been offered cracked pepper for our meals. When my dad’s meal finally arrived, he was not offered pepper… a minor detail, but it was noticed. The other thing was that once we had our meals, it was incredibly hard to get someone’s attention when we were finished to ask for the bill. I finally did but there is one thing that really bugs me – I asked for the bill, therefore, it should be given to me. However, it wasn’t – it was set down in between the two men sitting at the table. I find this incredibly rude and annoying. However, the food was good, and it won’t really deter me from going back to try out their breakfast…