Optic Kitchen + Bar

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It was an exciting night, I was off to see Michael Buble's first Melbourne show for his 2014 tour! I'd bought these tickets about eight months ago, so needless to say, I was glad the day had finally arrived! But first things first, we needed to have dinner.

Optic Kitchen + Bar was the venue chosen, mainly because of it's proximity to Rod Laver Arena, plus the reviews online made it seem like it was reasonable.

Located in Federation Square and attached to ACMI, Optic is a rather cute restaurant. There are American diner style booths, and also regular tables which surround a bar. There is a small wine list, and a reasonable beer selection, including Mountain Goat on tap.

I chose to have the one vegetarian main they had which was an eggplant and portabello mushroom stack served with warm green lentil and spinach salad, Persian feta, smoked capsicum purée, smoked cherry tomatoes and a few pieces of crispy lavosh. What I didn't realise was that the eggplant and mushroom was stacked horizontally, rather the vertically, but this proved to be a stroke of genius, because it made the whole thing easier to eat! The smokiness of both the cherry tomatoes and the capsicum purée added a loved flavour to the dish, and the freshness of the spinach provided a clean taste to cut through the other flavours.

There were other smaller vegetarian options on the menu, including a pumpkin, broad bean and sage risotto which looked delicious.

Over all it was a great meal, and a great prelude to a night with Michael Buble!

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like a delicious meal to kick-start an enjoyable evening!