On Saturday morning, some friends and I went to see Alva Noto and Ryuchi Sakamoto perform in Insen as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. It was amazing! And as a bonus, seeing this performance left us in Southbank on a Saturday afternoon. Southbank is a really nice area, with loads of good restaurants. I keep meaning to go there, but as it's a bit out of the way, (yes, an entire 10 minute walk from the centre of the city), I never seem to get around to it.
On this particular afternoon, we stumbled into Walters Wine Bar, and got a fabulous table on the balcony.
View from Walters
We weren't super-hungry, so the 2 of us ordered 2 entrées to share. This also worked out well for our poor student budgets! We had a serve of fried whitebait with garlic aioli...
and a lovely pear, leek and rocket risotto. I'm a big fan of the salty-sweet combination, and it worked really well in this risotto, especially with the peppery rocket.
The tables on the balcony are a little small, so as you can see, you get this metal stand-deely that allows you to stack the plates one above the other. It was quite precarious, but luckily our food came to no harm.
The bill came to about $50, including drinks, which I think was quite reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food.