Monday, April 2, 2012

Restaurant Review: The Blue Room Restaurant Bar Cafe

Location: 279 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
Phone: 03 9699 4036
Link: blueroom.com.au
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Overall Impression: 5.5/10
The last time I was at The Blue Room was for a work Christmas dinner and drinks at least 4 years ago. I recall having a good impression about the place so I was keen to re-visit it.
Decor-wise, it didn't look like much had changed.
Claypot Saffron Chicken, chicken fillets cooked in a saffron Napoli sauce, roasted peppers,olives and soft polenta
Blueroom premium leg ham, field mushrooms, mild salami, oven dried roma tomatoes,
wood fired red peppers & kalamata olives

Wood-fired pizza - clarendon hot calabrese salami, tiger prawns, artichoke hearts, oregano & chilli flakes

The restaurant appears to pride itself in the pizzas it serves. There is a clear mention on their website of having won "1st Place in the traditional pizza category of the “Best of the Best Pizza Challenge” at the
2010 Good Food & Wine Show" and the pizzas fall under a bold heading on the menu titled "our famous wood fired pizzas".

Whilst the pizzas were pleasant, they were quite ordinary and were the least impressive course we had.
linguini marinara market fresh black mussels, tiger prawns, roe on scallops, calamari, chilli & garlic tossed with herbs, white wine & virgin olive oil

The linguini marinara was lovely. The seafood was cooked well and the pasta was al dente. The beautifully strong garlic and herb flavours permeated the dish.
Eaton Mess

sticky date pudding with a rich butterscotch sauce & vanilla ice-cream

The highlight of our dinner was definitely the sticky date pudding. It was light, fluffy and absorbed the indulgent butterscotch sauce. Although the menu stipulated that the pudding would be served with cream, we asked for ice cream instead and the waiter kindly obliged. It was a great way to end our meal.
Although we were not impressed by the pizza we ordered, overall, it was a good dining experience. The service was friendly and prompt and we liked the casual and relaxed ambience Blue Room has.

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