Friday, January 4, 2013

Othello - South Bank, Melbourne.

I had no idea that where we were to spend New Year’s Eve would be at such a nice restaurant. We had also decided to stay in Melbourne knowing it would be a late night or make that an early morning. Thought not a cheap night of eats all restaurants large and small hike-up prices for this occasion. When you consider staff have to be paid public holiday rate and work ‘till late you can understand the extra cost. Don’t want to spend for this once-a-year occasion then home or with friends is the place to be. But for us it was in Melbourne for fireworks and a grand Greco nosh-up.

Staying in South Bank Melbourne is always a pleasant experience and my wife and I have dined at some different and exciting restaurants here but never before at Othello’s.  This well positioned restaurant is place out front of Eureka Towers just off the main South Bank walk. It not only has an indoor eating area for the cooler weather but a large outdoor undercover area. On the night a small Greek bank had the Greek community on the feet doing “The Zorba”. Fun to watch but not for me.

Our cots per head included about four courses and ALL delicious. Filling yourself on entree was a silly move because so much food followed. Even amongst some big eaters, at our table, we couldn’t finish it all. Service was efficient and friendly and the drinks list sufficient though not endless. Drinks cost were reasonable. Don’t come here for the drinks though this is a “foodies” haven if you like your Mediterranean cuisine. Crab, fish, meats, dips, breads, olives you name it we devoured with gusto like there was no tomorrow. In a funny way there was no tomorrow or more to the point no more 2012. All tomorrows will be in 2013 for the next twelve months. Hold my seat, in the words of Arnold “I’ll be back”.  Don’t wait twelve months to experience this well established and excellent taverna. Go now.

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