I have always been a huge fan of Italian cuisine mainly because of its use of fresh seasonal ingredients, extreme simplicity in its preparation and the great abundance of taste and flavour in the dish.
Boldly situated on the beautiful St Kilda stretch, Sapore (named after taste, flavour) marries view with seasonal mod-Italian fare carefully crafted by head chef Simon Moss that has been delighting diners for many many years. We came on a quiet night and enjoyed a very friendly and attentive service (thanks to Andy – who made our virgin visit so memorable).
The tightly packed dining room backed by mustard-colored walls with dim lighting creates the perfect mood for a cosy and romantic dinner. We were given the best seat in the house – overlooking the beautiful St Kilda horizon and were served with fresh bread and olives. According to Andy, they come from fresh produce in Gippsland and each batch is different in taste and flavour.
We started with Aperitivo cocktail which contains aperol, blood and navel oranges, prosecco and soda. Nice to have a cocktail to warm up the body before food arrives. My little one had Linguine with Napoli sauce in kid’s promotion menu which she thoroughly enjoyed. Then our shared entree came in a generous portion.
Beef carpaccio was paper thin and beautifully flavoured by the accompaniments of the dressing and parmesan. The garlic croutons are crunchy and flavoursome. It was a standout dish and exceeded our expectations.
The mains came out of the kitchen piping hot. My hubby ordered the Prime cut which was cooked to a perfect medium rare. The presentation was a bit bare but flavour was wholesome. The beef was grilled beautifully on the outside while the meat was very moist and tender. The red wine jus adds a subtle taste of bitter sweet and so welcoming with the dish. The awesome hand made chips was crispy crackling outside and soft inside.
Duck “tre modi” was another stand out dish for me. Duck “tre modi” means duck cook 3 ways – The duck leg was crisp and tender, duck breast was cooked slightly pink and terrine was silky smooth. The sweetness of the sauce and onion was perfectly blended with the duck’s rich flavours.
We ended our dinner with a sweet symphony. Sapore’s cheesecake was delectable – light and easy on the tastebud. Each element on the plate blended really well together in terms of flavour and texture.
Verdict : Sapore delivers an all-too-fabulous mod-Italian meal. With friendly and attentive service, it makes the dinner memorable and of the highest quality. It is no wonder, they have been named consecutively for years in The Age Good Food. Highly recommended.
To die for : Duck ‘tre-modi’ with Sicilian cabbage slaw, slow cooked onions and jus gras
Price : $$$
Yummy Factor : +4
Tip : Check out Sapore’s Specials for lunch and dinner specials