Food review

Week 19: University Cafe

I’m back in town feeling refreshed after an incredible two weeks away. It’s a new year and I’m feeling ready to tackle what’s ahead. I foresee a lot of Spaghetti Bolognese in 2012 (at least 34). I’m excited about sampling the rest of my list of spag bol eateries this year, as well as testing home cooked sauces in May (read more about this here – I would love to try your bolognese sauce if you’re from Melbourne! Email your interest to

To welcome the Spaghetti Bolognese hunt into 2012, I felt a pining to return to Lygon St Carlton. University Cafe, apparently known well by the local student community, was this week’s restaurant of choice.

University Cafe’s Spaghetti Bolognese smelt delicious and had a nice rich red colour. As you can see with this bolognese, although stirred through, the sauce was top heavy as the meaty ragu clung to the top while the liquid sunk to the bottom. The pasta was cooked well and the flavour of the sauce was wonderfully developed with an enjoyable sweet, rich and acidic balance.

The clumps of meat were tender and juicy however the sauce was too runny which made the meat hard to cling to the spaghetti. Points for overall flavour and seasoning on this one. Decent size and pasta-to-sauce ratio not bad either.

Score: e $17  m $20.50
Score: 13.5/20

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