Chapelli's (on Chapel Street *duh* :P) has been around for AGES.... but looking at some other online reviews, it's had its ups and down through the years.
Still, didn't mind heading over there as it used to be our once in a while, special occasion restaurant back in my uni days**:
(** Long, looooong ago.......)
It has managed to maintain a comfortable but classy interior, with the long bar marble bar counter being the central highlight:
The menu there is fairly extensive with a selection of mostly Italian food (pastas, pizzas, etc) and some other stuff like steaks and grilled fish.
I was craving for CARBS that night so I chose the Seafood Risotto (AUD $ 26.90):
It may seem expensive (bloody bleeping RM 3 to AUD 1 exchange rate) but honestly, if you consider that 3 (visiting) Asians (like me) could probably share this and feel full at the end, the serving size is actually very worth the price.
Really! The serving is SO big... Massive, even:
Tastewise, it was pretty good...
- Lots of fresh seafood,
- Nice texture of the rice, not too mushy but not too hard, and
- All accentuated by the yummy taste of the tomato based sauce.
As for Cindy, she went for the Spaghetti Matriciana (AUD $ 19.90):
Overall, it tasted ok:
- The spaghetti was cooked just about right (although I felt it was just a tad overcooked),
- doused with a generous amount of slightly spicy, tart tomato based sauce with lots of bacon and cheese.
Jeremy had the Porterhouse Steak (AUD $ 29.90) with green pepper sauce:
Overall, also ok:
- Interesting pepper sauce (not too "spicy"),
- Fairly tasty meat, but it could have been just a bit more tender....
(Note: I am pretty hard to please when it comes to steak)
To be completely fair, I don't think Chapelli's is the kinda place you should go out of your way to try.... but if you are in the Chapel Street area (for shopping/ watching a movie at the Jam Factory) then it's a decent choice for Italian food.
So, it's: Convenient location in the Chapel Street area, decent selection of Italian food, may seem expensive BUT the servings are huge (the exchange rate HURTS though, dammit) ....
Chapelli's @ Chapel St, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 11am - 9pm
Phone: +61 9826 8516
Address: 571 Chapel Street, Melbourne, Australia
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