Seeing that Zen and I were only in Melbourne for 3 nights (theoretically 2 nights, since we were on the Great Ocean Road for one the nights), Scusa Mi was meant to be my gastronomical highlight of the trip. But I don’t learn, do I? Yet again… I failed to make a booking! Thus instead of an elegant 5 course meal, we ate our mains… and left (hehe).

Scusa Mi Ristorante, Southbank:  bread with Scusa Mi's own brand of extra virgin olive oil

Scusa Mi was awarded one-hat in 2007’s Good Food Guide. They also boast their own label of extra-virgin olive oil, breath-taking views of the Yarra River, and a menu which names all the finest ingredients.

Scusa Mi Ristorante, Southbank:  Ossi buchi con risotto alla Milanese... slow cooked veal Ossobuco in tomato and vegetables on Saffron risotto, with lemon and aromatic herbs

Ossi buchi con risotto alla Milanese… slow cooked veal Ossobuco in tomato and vegetables on Saffron risotto, with lemon and aromatic herbs

Scusa Mi Ristorante, Southbank: Anitra alla grappa... roasted half of Muscovy Duck with Merlot Grappa, caramelized witlof and braised sweet red onions

Anitra alla grappa… roasted half of Muscovy Duck with Merlot Grappa, caramelized witlof and braised sweet red onions

Scusa Mi Ristorante, Southbank:  Insalata di radicchio con sedano e finocchietti...red witlof, celery and fennel tossed with fresh pears and Gorgonzola Dolcelatte cheese

Insalata di radicchio con sedano e finocchietti…red witlof, celery and fennel tossed with fresh pears and Gorgonzola Dolcelatte cheese
Superb salad. The pears were sweet and a fresh balance to the crispy witlof, celery and fennel. The cheese was a little overpowering, but gave the salad the perfect oomph. However, the service was questionable. I think the waitor was high… he managed to spill our neighbouring table’s champaigne all over the curtains, and looked rather scattered when suggesting menu items. It was the night before NYE afterall… who is there to blame.
Happy new year everyone! Cheers to a delicious 2007!!
Scusa Mi Ristorante
Mid-level, Southgate
Southbank, Victoria 3006
Phone: (03) 96994111
Website: www.scusami.com.au

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.