Monday, October 30, 2006

Sunday Lunch on Cairns' Esplanade

Mr MB came second in his spearfishing tournament on Saturday and won a one hundred dollar voucher for a meal at Villa Romana. MB immediately booked in for a late lunch on Sunday. After seeing "The Wind that shakes the Barley", a two hour epic of the brutality of the English occupation of Ireland just prior to the Truce, MDR & MB met the offspring at Villa Romana.
This restaurant is one of those "places to be seen" establishments in a superb location on the strip that is now riddled with tourists and "Made in China" Aussie souvenir shops. Lunch for the four of us was over $200 and honestly was very mediocre. Our meals were reasonable but lacked really fresh ingredients and imagination, the pasta in particular was very disappointing.
Villa Romana looks and feels good but the food is nowhere near the standard of some of the little "value" South Melbourne cafes MB & MDR dined in when last in Melbourne.
MB is pleased to report Baby Eljay was on his best behaviour, he sat up in his high chair as if he belonged there, munching on calamari and bread, and hardly a squeak from him for 2 hours.


Paul said...

Perhaps Baby Eljay shoud be groomed for "Cafe Society" and yuppiedom?

blues buffett said...

Have you tried The Lillipad Cafe?
My vego friends have good reports about the food. Can't comment on their attitude. Maybe Villa Romana could do an exploratory trip to Melbourne and learn how to REALLY charge like wounded bulls... degustation menus at $300 pp.. now that is breath-taking...