So we drifted along to the Globe Café in trendoid central Chapel St, not sure of what to expect, but got a really good dinner.
When it starts to fill up, the lack of space becomes pretty obvious as you’re really squeezed up against the people in neighbouring tables, but as long as they’re nice people, I guess you’re good
There’s a lot of windows, so it’s nice and bright, while also allowing a good view out to the passing Prahran foot traffic for the people watchers.
Using our Scoopon, we had to book about a week ahead for midweek, but given that it was pretty busy on a Wednesday night, that seems pretty reasonable.
Our waiter (French?) was very good – attentive, but not in your face. Good supply of water, although it was room temperature, not cold it was in cool-looking bottles, though.
Sidebar: there were some complaints on Urbanspoon about the small size of the servings, but we certainly didn’t find that, being very happy with the portions.
We started with a couple of entrees – Crispy polenta chips with chilli jam, which were excellent, as you can see. They were nice and firm, and very tasty, without being oily. The chilli jam, though, was a bit of a disappointment, being pretty bland.
We also had the Lemon pepper calamari with garlic aioli, which was also very good. Well cooked, crisp without being rubbery, with excellent aioli.
For the mains, we had a couple of dishes. The Sticky BBQ ribs with shoestring fries and smoky bourbon sauce were quite good, although not outstanding. Well cooked, but I really disliked the sauce, so they were a bit bland without that. (If you like bourbon, maybe the sauce would be excellent for you, I don’t know.)
Cha had the Pistachio and herb crusted lamb cutlets w spinach semolina gnocchi, braised Brussels sprouts and rosemary thyme jus. Really really nice – beautifully presented and cooked.
For dessert, we had the tasting plate, which is usually a good option, and proved to be again.
I totally loved the Lemon citrus tart w kaffir lime curd and raspberry coulis – seriously zesty, with a great texture.
Cha loved the Lime and pistachio semi freddo w pistachio praline and pomegranate molasses.
Also on the plate, and very good but not our favourites, were the Warm chocolate fudge w chocolate ganache and cinnamon mascarpone, and the Raspberry and spice poached pears w vanilla bean ice-cream and coconut crumbs.
TLDR: well worth the trip for a meal.