Dyxl and I both had our birthdays coming up so we decided on a small joint birthday party that luckily he organized (Thanks!). The Taurean feast was at Gills Diner, hidden in a little alley off Little Collins St. We arrived early after a day of touring the Yarra Valley wineries. The setting was rustic with the lingering smell from their bakery next door (same owner). After Dyxl arrived the rest of our old uni friends dribbled in fashionably late. We had bread to sustain us for a few moments but by the time the food came we were all still famished and consequently devoured most of the food faster than the snapping of a camera *note food was slow coming due to our slow ordering not due to the service*.
We ordered several starters including the calamari with tomato and caramelized onion. These dishes were tapa-like so great for sharing amongst friends.
For the main I had an unwrapped beef wellington with sautéed button mushrooms - I mentioned I was famished, right? Perhaps it was all the wine (I had been drinking all day) or the great company but this was incredibly gratifying. Medium rare steak, creamy pate, lightly savory sauce and aromatic mushrooms satiated me more than adequately. For some reason I cannot remember we didn't stay for desserts.
All in all I think this is a great place for after work or after a few months absence to catch up with friends over good wine and good food.
Food: Comfort food to share.
Must try: A variety of the starters.
Service: Nothing to complain about
Damage: The main is about $15-20 for dinner
Labels: Australia, Bakery, Dinner, Eat, European, Melbourne