Our visit to Stovetop yesterday involved freshly brewed chai lattes, baked duck egg and semolina gnocchi in a tomato sauce. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was warm and we received friendly service. We enjoyed our brunch at Stovetop, so much so that we’ve decided we need to go back next week for more! Hence this review will be part 1 of 2 instalments.
First to arrive were the chai lattes:
They arrived in cute little pots with honey on the side for added sweetness. They tasted great, especially after the subpar chai latte from Animal Orchestra last week!
We did not have to wait very long for the food despite the place being relatively busy, which is something we really appreciate. When the food arrived looked and smelled enticing.
Wendy ~ My first impression of the dish was that it looked very posh, unlike any other baked egg dish I’ve had before. But it also looked like it would be a tad salty because of the big chunks of feta cheese. On the contrary, the feta cheese added flavour to the dish while the spinach cut through the salt and the pumpkin brought out a sweetness to the combination. Compared to other baked dishes I’ve had where the egg would be sitting in a thick bed of tomato, chorizo and cheese filling, I felt that this dish was definitely a much healthier twist on one of my favourite brunch dishes. I loved how “gourmet” this dish tasted and looked, and won’t hesitate to order this dish again.
Ani ~ I was interested in a number of options on the menu, but ended up choosing this one because semolina gnocchi sounded like a refreshing change from the usual plain flour or potato versions. Gnocchi can be a hard dish to get right, and I’ve tasted my fair share of chewy/bland/overly cheesy gnocchi dishes, but this one was perfect! The large sized gnocchi were soft, fluffy and white on the inside with a delicious creamy texture. There was the perfect amount of mozzarella melted on top and the tomato sauce added a great flavour without overpowering the dish. It was fresh and tasty, and as I’m writing this review I am craving another serving. I would recommend it to any pasta lover.
Verdict: Great food, highly recommended. We will be back next week with part two but of the review but we expect it will be just as positive! (As an added bonus for people with dietary restrictions, the menu has many vegetarian options; both of these dishes are vegetarian and the baked duck egg is also gluten free.)
Location: 100 Leicester St, Carlton