I had lunch with my sister CW at the new Cafe Ambrosia, the replacement for Kirribilli Cafe (where we’d had coq au vin for lunch recently) at Curtin University campus.
CW ordered the linguine with roasted pumpkin, spinach and fetta. The pasta that arrived looked more like tagliatelli than linguine to me. CW found the dish to be quite oily, but she did enjoy it – the oiliness was from olive oil, which she enjoyed the flavour of.
I ordered the chicken and avocado panini, which was served with chips and aioli.
The chips were freshly cooked and crispy. The aioli was fantastic! Creamy and thick, garlicky and quite capery. I wish I’d taken a close-up of the aioli, but once I discovered how good it was, I just couldn’t stop eating it. It was my favourite item on the plate.
The panini was full of sliced chicken breast, marinated in Cajun spice, as well as avocado, red onion and mixed salad greens. The panini was nice, but I think I prefer it when it’s toasted and flattened so it’s quite crisp and chewy, rather than still flour-dusted, soft and bready.
Service wasn’t that good – the cafe appeared well staffed, but the staff on the floor seemed confused and suffering from rushing-around-in-a-half-empty-restaurant-and-not-making-eye-contact-with-customers syndrome. We waited long enough to get impatient and annoyed for someone to take our order. Hopefully it was just new restaurant teething problems.