Vapiano, an Italian chain that’s all over Australia that serves up pasta and pizza has released a new winter menu which includes PUMPKIN SOUP! Who doesn’t love pumpkin soup! I digress, Vapiano is located in Flinders Lane and there are parking on the street but it’s not a lot and it is quite exy so be prepared to park a touch further and walk there. But don’t let that deter you because the staff and service here are top notch!
When you enter the establishment, you’ll be given a card which you hand over at the counters when you order something and at the end of the night you pay off your card. So you don’t even have to think about split bills because it’s already done.
Making your way upstairs after receiving your card, there’s plenty of seats upstairs, set up like a hawker style or a food court, but fancier!
Various stations to get your food!
To start off the night we got cocktails and there were so many to choose from and of course since we absolutely love desserts, we picked the dessert-y sounding ones! Lemon meringue pie – not overly sweet and can definitely taste the lemon pie.
Lemon Meringue Pie – $16.50
The toffee appletini – tastes like droplets of heaven basked in toffee apple. Absolutely loved it!
Toffee Appletini – $15
Now for the winter warmers, the pumpkin soup was absolutely TOTES AMAZEBALLS! It was comforting, it was buttery, it was like getting hugged by a fire place (I like fire places so that would be heaven for me…). To top it off, there were garlic croutons and honestly, I could eat this all night and be content with life.
Antipasti, definitely a must have at all Italian places and it has a mixture of cured meats to cheese to bruschetta. Oh just a note, if you only get one thing and nothing else, definitely get the bruschetta, it is the BOMB! Very fresh!
Antipasti – $17 (small)
Selection of meats, parmesan, buffalo mozzarella, mixed olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto basilico, bruschetta
The pollo e spinaci had chicken breasts, pine nuts, cream with basil pesto with fresh spinach needed a touch more seasoning. It was also a touch on the dry side and it was a very generous portion size.
Pollo E Spinaci – $21
Tender chicken breast, onion, pine nuts, cream with basil pesto, parmesan tossed with fresh spinach
The truffle oil pizza was fantabulous! Thin base and crust with loads of fresh ingredients and the truffle oil with mushrooms, DAMNNNNN SON!!
Truffle Oil Pizza – $21
Truffle oil, aussie smoked ham, mushrooms
If that wasn’t enough food already, we ventured into the desserts domain! Nutella fondue was one of the new dishes on the winter’s menu and oh my holy moly gosh, it was oozing with dark chocolate mixed with nutella which was not too sweet nor too bitter. The chocolate brownie bites were chocolaty and oh so moist!
Nutella Fondue – $11
Marshmallows, strawberries, chocolate brownie bites with warm choc nutella dipping sauce
Finally to finish off the night we decided to get something light and refreshing, a panna cotta. The vanilla flavour was strong and the strawberry sauce was delish but the panna cotta itself was a touch on the dense side instead of the usual jiggliness I enjoy.
Panna Cotta – $8
Fresh vanilla and strawberry sauce
Vapiano is a great place for catch ups, dates, drinkies or basically anything really. Definitely come for the pumpkin soup, stay bruschetta and get happy with those cocktails.
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine by Vapiano and all opinions expressed are my own.