Food review

Week 8: Marios Cafe

After last weeks appalling excuse for a meal (no offense to anyone who eats frozen meals – I don’t know how you enjoy it?), I was very much looking forward to a good Spaghetti Bolognese. From the advice of a much trusted foodie friend, I ventured to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy to enjoy a well known Marios Cafe Spaghetti Bolognese.

This place is a well known pasta eatery which has nestled boldly on Brunswick street for over 25 years, and is a highly regarded institution. With this reputation in mind, I was happy to see that Marios Spaghetti Bolognese did not disappoint on appearance.

Great colour sauce, good size, presentable garnish, and most of all, you know what I’m thinking – it’s stirred through! More importantly, the flavour hit my right notes with a rich, sweet, meaty taste. There was some subtle herbaceous flavours with the parsley, as well as some basil within the sauce, which I enjoyed. The finely shaved Parmesan which adorned the dish melted through to bind the sauce beautifully. Unfortunately it was slightly under-seasoned, and lacked a tomato punch.

The texture was nice with the sauce thick yet moist. The meat was the consistency I prefer – little gems of tender beef. The pasta was tasty, however it was a few too many seconds cooked. The portion size was appropriate and the amount of sauce was well measured.

Overall this is definitely up there as one of the better ones, and a dish I thoroughly enjoyed eating.

Price: $14
Score: 16+

Note: dishes which score 16+ are contenders for the title of Melbourne’s best Spaghetti Bolognese. All scores above 16 will be disclosed at the end of the year long taste testing.

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