South Melbourne, 3205 (03) 9686 2990
My first visit to St. Ali’s was a very satisfying one, so went there again but this time for lunch on a Friday noon with Adrienne & TT.
It was busy but we managed to get a table, our waiter was friendly and efficient.
Their menu has altered slightly since my last visit.
Coffee is excellent as usual.
But unfortunately, food was a let down this time around.
The Corn Fritters which TT ordered are more dough-y compared to my first visit, but nonetheless still a winner dish, tasty and a favorite to order on the St. Ali Menu.
With the House Made Braised Beans which Adrienne had, besides tomato-ey, I found it lacking without much flavour coming through the beans. In addition, they were still quite hard which didn’t make it any easier to eat. It wasn’t left to cook/braise long enough to achieve any nice soft mushy-ness.
The Goat Mitzvah which I ordered was a disappointing dish as well for me. You know how some dishes make you salivate by just looking at it and you just wanna gobble it all up? Well, this wasn’t one of it.
Besides being rather unattractive, ( the wrap was plonked the other way round when it arrived, which I flipped over for photo-taking purposes) the goat was dry and the yogurt didn’t help much. As time passes, the wrap lost its warmth which just added to the dry-ness. The salad was palatable, peas being the yummiest thing on that plate ( what has the world come to? peas and yummiest in the same sentence? lol).
Everyone has different tastebuds and preferences and to augment on this point, Adrienne liked and enjoyed the Goat Mitzvah. She didn’t find it dry, but yummy which I gladly offered to her and she continued eating
Overall, a somewhat disappointing lunch by St. Ali despite the excellent coffee.
Might still pop in some other time, hopefully this visit was just a once-off bad day for them.
On this visit alone, I would give them a mediocre for food but since the coffee’s too good to pass and they do have several winner dishes, I would think it’s still worth a try.Rating:
★ relatively good, still worth a try
$$ $15-25 per main