Wednesday, 2 August 2017
The Mess Hall
The venue is small, but not cramped, with a no frills modern cafe type feel. It does, however, have a few little touches that makes it feel more special then your average run-of-the-mill cafe, including free bread with balsamic and oil on arrival and a delicious wine list to break up the work day.
On this occasion I ordered the potato gnocchi with pomodoro, basil and pecorino, with a side of broccoli with chili and garlic. The gnocchi dish was simple but classic - the light and fluffy balls of gnocchi were cooked to perfection and the accompanying sauce was rich and full of flavour. The broccoli was also cooked well, and was a match made in heaven with the chili and the garlic.
I also stole a bite of my friends saffron tortellini filled with blue swimmer crab and Spring vegetables, which came out looking almost too good to eat. Unfortunately I'm not the biggest crab fan, so it's definitely not my place to review this dish. My friend seemed to like it though.
The best part about the mess hall - it takes bookings. Perfectly convenient for a mid week lunch!
Verdict: like - get around to trying it at some point