Mario at the Dining Room

Address: 49 Gerler Rd Hendra QLD 4011
Phone: 07 3268 4331

Tags: licensed, italian, booking, take away, vegetarian options

Mario Alfieri, formerly of Mariosarti at Toowong, began this new venture nearly two years ago. He has since relinquished his part at Mariosarti, concentrating all his attention on the Dining Room. The menu consists of many dishes that fuse Italian technique with Australian produce, such as the Fettuccine Moreton of ribbon pasta, tomatoes, chilli and Moreton bay bugs. Entrees feature seafood such as Tasmanian octopus or whitebait fritters, as well as marinated artichoke filled with blue cheese and wrapped in prosciutto. Mains cover the Italian staple favourites like veal, eye fillet and lamb shanks, however, my recommendation is to watch the specials board and listen to the master himself.

His menu is lengthy, covering all of the bases, from bruschetta to braised lamb shanks, plus a lengthy blackboard list of specials. It's hearty, wholesome food that has your mouth watering from the moment you arrive and your stomach groaning with agonising pleasure for a day or two after you leave.

Some would find it tedious and something of an imposition: no sweat, just dine elsewhere. And there are times when I would find it tedious, when I just want a quiet dinner. Again, no sweat: I'll go somewhere else. But when I'm in the mood to dine closer to the machinations of the restaurant, a little bully and bluster from the chef can be just the thing.

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