162 Greville Street
Tucked away on Greville Street, Ladro is a wonderful spot for lunch. I have heard good things about its Fitzroy counterpart, but we happened to be in the South Yarra area, and were looking for a bite before we made our way to Armadale. Ladro Prahran is spacious, with a beautiful courtyard out the back.
In the mood for a relatively light lunch, I opted for two smaller dishes - both of which I enjoyed immensely.
Wood Oven Roasted Scallops with Cannelloni Bean Puree ($15)
Fresh juicy miniature scallops on skewers, a beautifully light herb coating, rested on a bed of tangy velvety puree. I loved this dish, first bite to the last.
Calamari pan-seared with pangratatto ($17.5)
I was slightly apprehensive about the pangratatto, but my fears were unfounded when I was presented with delicate slivers of seared calamari, with the smallest crunchiest golden croutons, topped with a sprinkling of parsley. Accompanied by a bed of rocket and a lemon wedge. I adored the combination of tender calamari with the little crunchy croutons.
Pasta Fungi - Rough cut pasta with Swiss and King Brown Mushrooms, Fennel & Chicory ($21)
A very light pasta dish, with juicy sauteed mushrooms and gorgeous pasta ribbons.
Orecchiette and Wood Oven Roasted Zucchini, Gorgonzola & Sage ($18)
The simple roasted zucchini and orecchiette made for an exquisite pasta dish with the addition of the creamy gorgonzola.
Bombolini - Italian doughnuts with vanilla ice-cream and blood orange syrup ($11)
Crispy on the outside, and coated with delicious cinnamon sugar, the bombolini should have been a recipe for success, but I wished it were fluffier and lighter on the inside. The creamy vanilla ice-cream with the citrusy caramelly syrup came to its rescue, complementing it beautifully and temporarily makes you forget about the bombolini’s flaws.
I was told the Bombolini is better at Fitzroy, and I look forward to trying it for myself.