because I can't cook
Aspro Ble in the Melbourne CBD
|Address||389 Lonsdale Street
|Visited||23 March 2012|
Aspro Ble was easily one of my favourite Greek restaurants for their simplicity.
They were popular, yet I did not have to book weeks in advance for a Friday evening prime dinner time seating.
They were not posh, yet the ambience was cozy and relaxed where we were seated comfortably inside and well looked after. The interior was quite modern and minimalist, but the wooden chairs and tables, the modest ceiling fans, and the white-and-blue theme (hence ‘Aspro Ble’) indicated they were your typical friendly Greek tavern.
Their staff were not super courteous, but they, especially the host, seemed genuine with their service and were happy to help the customers. Service was pretty efficient, too.
Their cuisine was not that of fine dining, yet it was highly impressive; delicious, well-portioned, elegantly presented.
Everything that we had that night was delightful. The entrée Saganaki, which was baked Kefalograviera cheese with fig and cherry conserve was a beautiful combination of cheesy, crispy, and sweet. Satisfying my sweet cravings was the moscato, which I had with the mains; Butterflied Oregano & Lemon Chargrilled Chicken with mulberry vinegar dressing (that was so flavourful I could just taste the hint of citrus in the chicken!), and one of the Greek cuisine’s staples Slow Roasted Lamb served with garlic yoghurt which was so tender and rich (though not as crispily roasted as that of Stalactites). Balancing our meaty mains was the side dish Greek Village Salad that was cool and fresh to the tastebuds.
Closing the fine dinner that evening was my strawberry-flavoured herbal tea (as I sadly could not fit in dessert) that helped me settle down for the night. It was such a remarkable dining experience indeed.