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Thursday 27 March 2014
Trotters: Carlton cafe
Enough Said with my friend Heather. I had eaten a light meal before the film so I ordered two sides: polenta chips with chilli aioli and sauted seasonal greens with shaved parmesan. I loved the crispy polenta chips and the aioli bu wasn't sure what to do with the shaved parmesan on it. The broccolini was exactly what I needed, though again I didn't quite need so much parmesan.
Trotters offers some standard vegetarian meals: the vegetarian burger, a risotto and eggplant parmigiana. It is the sort of choices that I can find comforting or boring depending on my mood. However it appeals more than some of the other offerings on Lygon Street.
Inside Llewyn Davis. We went for the pizza menu and I would definitely recommend this. The hand stretched organic spelt pizzas seem a tad more modern and exciting than the rest of the menu.
I had the Ortolana pizza, which came with tomato, mozzarella, zucchini, capsicum, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and provolone. Roast vegies can be done really badly on a pizza but this was excellent. The base was thin but satisfying (and not baked to a crisp like a recent pizza I had a pub)! E ate the outside first in case he was full but I really loved the crust. It was filling enough that I couldn't finish mine. E thought the spelt base was lighter than regular pizza bases.
Vina Bar ever since it shut (despite great other cafes nearby). However its Vietnamese cuisine sat a bit oddly in the Italian strip of cafes. Trotters seems the perfect cafe for Lygon Street. A little bit student chic, a little Italian, a little modern and generally good food. Now if only I could still write the sort of poetry that would win me a meal there.
400 Lygon Street, Carlton
Tel: 03 9347 5657