• Punch Lane

With a cosy European interior, Punch Lane is a charming spot with an old world feel.  Running down in the rain the other day, I could appreciate that this would be a nice place to enjoy a hot meal and a red wine during winter.  Dark wood encases the walls and bar. Old wine bottles are flaunted on the shelves as decoration.  Promoting itself as an historic part of Melbourne dining, Punch Lane looks old.

I ordered the peach and Persian fetta salad followed by ricotta gnocchi.  There were not many vegetarian options, but the ones proposed sounded tasty.  The wine was a choice of a “Bottle of White” or “Bottle of Red” – I thought the waiter was being precocious when I asked him for the options, later realising the wine was in fact named this on the bottles and menus.  The white was refreshing and simple.  It went well with my meal.

The salad arrived with generous amounts of fetta, crunchy yellow peaches, rocket and walnuts.  The flavours were tasty.  Even the hardness of the under ripe peach slices seemed to make the salad more refreshing.  I am used to eating salad at the end of a meal.

The gnocchi was smooth and delicate.  It was prepared with fennel, tomatoes, olives and spinach with a sauce similar to pumpkin soup.  The fennel added a nice touch.  Overall it was an enjoyable dish.

The meal was pleasant, but not as outstanding as some of the others in which I have indulged recently.

Punch Lane

43 Little Bourke St
Melbourne 3000
03 9639 4944

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