I have eaten so much wonderful, rich, delicious and memorable food over the holiday season I think there is a need to slow down and pull back as we move into January. It is a time to eat something that is delicious, satisfying and at the same time healthy. My friends and I settled ourselves into our table at Ripponlea Food and Wine and discussed this issue.
We studied the menu and then without any further consultation between us we all chose the “Slow cooked shredded lamb with quinoa & lentil, roast pumpkin, broocclini, goats cheese feta, toasted walnuts, pepitas & pomegranate dressing $21.00”. It said, ‘delicious, filling and healthy,’ to all of us.
It was delicious with a crispness somewhere in it that gave it an appealing texture as did the crunch of the walnuts.
There are other tempting options for lunch. How about this? “Spinach & ravioli with slow cooked mushrooms, pine nuts and crispy leeks $23” – don’t you love the sound of crispy leeks? Perhaps I’ll try it next time and there will be a next time. We loved it.
Browse the lunch menu here.
Ripponlea Food and Wine is on the corner of Glen Eira Road and Glen Eira Avenue, opposite the Ripponlea train station. The area it covers is quite large but broken into parts so it seems smaller. We sat just inside the door which opens from Glen Eira Avenue and is in front of the bar. Friends have eaten while sitting in the window-bar that overlooks Glen Eira Road and loved watching the passing traffic. You can plug in your laptop here.
There is a sort of extension at the side where the open kitchen is. I will choose to sit in that alcove next time as I love being near a kitchen and watching the action.
A suggestion on the Ripponlea Food and Wine web site says, “immerse yourself in our eclectic ambiance while watching our chef work his magic”, so that is what I will do.
They have an interesting cocktail menu if you are thinking of popping in your way home from work.
The Ripponlea Food and Wine
15 Gen Eira Road
Phone:- 8804 1313
Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat-Sun 7.30am-11pm
Tram – 67. Get off at the Glen Eira Stop and walk along to the cafe.
Train – Sandringham line to Ripponlea Station. You could get off there, eat and then hop on another train and go on to Sandringham. If you do that you may like to explore the Cuppa Cottage read about it here. Too much food? Then there is the beach to explore read about that here.
Web site:- They have great web site check it out.