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Apr 30, 2011 11:30 PM

Da Noi (Melbourne)

We went for a Saturday lunch at Da Noi and wow - I loved it! Authentic Sardinian served and cooked by people who really care. Everything tasted great, we spent two hours (an ohmygod $250) eating lunch. We chose the chef's choice, where they serve you food until you can't eat any more - we had scallops, and cream of jerusalem artichoke puree/soup w veal tongue, and crispy pork skin with roasted pork and potatoes. We had Sardinian wine and then some Italian wines. We had fantastic crusty bread. We had tiramisu on a tasting platter w three other desserts. salami on thin crispy bread w great huge olives. raviolos w potatoes and mushroom sage cream sauce. eggplant w garlic.

Plus they just took great care of us, I thought, served by the owners. small place, bookings are good, but I called just a couple hours before we went. over. at 95 Toorak Rd in S Yarra.

A meal we couldn't find in Hobart. (plus Herbie Hancock after dinner! definitely a day in Melbourne!). I liked the small cosy restaurant, I loved the food, and one of the few nice meals, where I would be happy to go back - we saw several other dishes we want to try and everything that came out of the kitchen was good.

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    1. re: debbieann

      That roast pork looks incredible. How was it??

      1. re: kersizm

        It was great - the skin was crispy and crunchy and the meat was flavorful. It was fatty, but good, the fresh fennel after was perfect. Very filling, meat so tender.

        1. re: debbieann

          I hadn't realised they were open Saturday lunch. And just around the corner from the new burch and purchese shop

          1. re: mr_gimlet

            oh wow, Burch and Purchese look great, might need to check it out!

            1. re: debbieann

              I was at B&P twice last week. Went to FranceSoir for Saturday lunch as I hadn't realised Da Noi was BYO. Next time.

              1. re: mr_gimlet

                We had lots of wine at Da Noi - or does BYO mean you can bring your own, I get confused. How was FranceSoir? We were suppose to be back in Hobart, but due to an ashcloud we will be enjoying Melbourne this week.

                1. re: debbieann

                  BYO is Bring Your Own. Basically it is a lot cheaper than hitting the wine list.

                  FranceSoir has its place. It is a vaguely stuck in time French bistro and always delivers. Freshly shucked oysters, entrecote with bearnaise, that kind of stuff.

                  I escaped Melbourne just before the dustcloud (although domestic was closed) and am currently in Ulan Bataar.

        2. re: kersizm

          The roast pork *was* incredible. Tender meat, juicy and succulent with crispy salty skin. The fresh fennel was a perfect accompaniment and apparently a Sardinian tradition. I've eaten in Caligiari (where there is a "Da Noi Due" aka "us two" restaurant) and this was a lovely treat.