Universal Italian Restaurant – Great Food, Great Value


Chicken Avocado
“Tomato, cheese, mushroom, grilled chicken tenders & fresh avocado” 15.9

My good friends at FOOD-Pampering-Yourself gave me and several other bloggers an opportunity to be apart of their very first food trail which landed us a special feast at Universal Italian Restaurant. I was also delighted to meet Alfie the proud owner of Universal Italian Restaurant, given a tour of the upstairs function area, was able to meet several other awesome food bloggers and to top it off had a full and very satisfied stomach.

Right in the heart of Lygon St, Universal Italian Restaurant is a personal favourite on mine and the good news is, they’re expanding. They’ve acquired the space next door and will be opening up the place to integrate as one. They’ve also converted upstairs to a very nice function & bar area, including an open balcony for some fresh air and drinks.

We were presented with a massive line-up of food, from the starters, entrée, main, pizza, pasta and home made dessert menu. I felt spoilt and was absolutely content. The food looked amazing and now looking back at the menu and prices, they were all under $20 so I have to say that’s good value for some great food. But let the photos do the talking.

Bruschetta Roma
“Homemade pesto, fresh tomatoes & feta cooked on a pizza base” 8.5

Garlic Pizza
“Cheese & garlic pizza” 7.5

Oysters Naturale
“Fresh oysters”

Oysters Kilpatrick
“Baked oysters with bacon & Worcestershire sauce”

Buffalo Wings
“Marinated & grilled BBQ chicken wings” 8.5

I Am Angus
Tomato, cheese, Grilled beef strips, roasted red capsicum,onion, jalapeños & a drizzle of garlic mayo” 14.9

Porter-House
Certified Australian Angus, 150 day grain fed – 270g” 18.9

Slow Roasted Pork Ribs
“Slow roasted tender marinated pork ribsserved with roasted butternut pumpkin & corn on the cob” 19.9

Tuscan Chicken
“Tuscan marinated chicken breast fillet grilled &served with wild mushroom risotto” 15.5

Risotto Poseidon
Creamy risotto with pan seared tiger prawns, mussels, spinach & roasted capsicum, with a touch of spicy olio & napolitana sauce”  18.5

Salmon Fillet
Grilled fresh Atlantic salmon filletserved with vegetable ratatouille & roasted garlic aoli” 19.9

Gelato Tasting Plate for Two
“A variety of Italian gelato & premium ice cream” 7.5

Tiramisu
“Coffee & liqueur soaked savoiardi biscuits, smothered inmascarpone cream & chocolate shavings” 8.5

Panna Cotta
Vanilla bean & honey flavored panna cotta,with wild berry soup, caramel toffee shard & Persian fairy floss” 8.5

Blueberry Cheesecake
“New York cheesecake mixed with fresh blueberries on a biscuit crust” 8.5

Chocolate Mud Pudding
“A dense & moist mud pudding served with chocolate fudge,corinthian wafer & macadamia nut ice cream” 8.5

What a satisfying array of food from the Universal menu. I can’t wait to go back when they’ve fully renovated the restaurant and possibly put a few new items on the menu.

Checkout their website http://www.universalrestaurant.com.au for more information on their function facilities and options and also checkout their online menu which makes my life easier 🙂

Contemplating a visit to Lygon St or just happen to drop by? Why not give Universal Italian Restaurant a go. I recommend trying the Buffalo Wings, Porter House Steak, I am Angus pizza, the Tuscan Chicken with Mushroom Risotto and my favourite dessert was the Chocolate Mud Pudding…drooool!!!

Location: 139-141 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, (03) 9347-4393
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Vanilla Yoghurt Pannacotta with Raspberry Jelly – MasterChef Recipe

After watching Masterchef’s master class on Friday, I wanted to make that dessert.
Poh made it look so easy, I had to try it. The hardest thing was finding a cup to put it in. I ended up using a plastic wine glass which had a pointy bottom which meant that when I flipped the panna cotta upside down, it had a little nipple on top. Looked hilarious, I was so embarrassed that I had to cut it off, hence my final product to the right. I garnished it with some pistachio nuts and some raspberries on the side.

If you were watching the Masterchef masterclass episode you would’ve noticed the second part to the dessert which was the tuiles. I did end up making it but it didn’t make it to the plate up. I had problems getting it off the baking paper but boy did it taste nice. Next time, I’m going to grease the baking paper a little and make the circle a little smaller so it’ll come off nice and smooth. It would of been great to compliment the panna cotta so I guess I can call my tuiles, my first disaster.

You can find this wonderful dessert recipe at the Masterchef website.

…I guess I can call my tuiles, my first disaster.

Shoya Japanese Restaurant – Best Japanese In Melbourne

This is my favourite Japanese restaurant in Melbourne. I highly recommend trying this place if you love Japanese food and culture. The dishes are superb, authentic and delicious. The staff are super friendly and when you leave they all bow to you.

I’ve always wondered what Shoya meant and on their website it states that it means “Rising House”. What I didn’t know is that they have 6 levels of dining and entertainment. I only knew about the Japanese style BBQ, the traditional Horigotatsu style seating, fine dining area and the sushi bar where the chef cuts and prepares the raw fish on a massive ice block. What I didn’t know was that they hid away a karaoke area and executive lounge area.

My last visit to Shoya had me trying several new dishes as you can see above. When I eat Japanese I almost always get some raw beef (tataki) as entree and always convince myself to get a plate of sashimi. In this instance, the sashimi came out inside an ice capsule which looked amazing. The quail egg that came with the beef tataki topped off the dish. I’ve tasted many different raw beef dishes and only one came close to this and that was at Wagamama’s in St Kilda many years ago, when it was good.

My favourite dishes for the night was the ox tongue wrapped in a soufle wrap and the dessert which was a panna cotta infused with black sesame and topped with powdered green tea (matcha) . If I didn’t have to share it with my girlfriend, I would of enjoyed it more.

Visit their website to see some of their tantalising dishes.

www.shoya.com.au

25 Market Lane, Melbourne, Vic, 3000
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