I decided the best way to sample the Hall was a progressive early dinner (most eateries open til 7pm), so started at Aroha’s plant-based cuisine, moved to Mad Mex for mains, and then took Fratelli home for dessert.
Aroha’s plant-based cuisine includes dishes like a smoky seitan vegan burger (wheat protein, so beware those with gluten issues), vege curry with rice or roti, and vegan power bowls, for $12. I decided on the $6 satay kebabs as an entree and found them tasty, with just the right amount of flavour and texture in the satay sauce.
We then trucked onto Mad Mex and shared a chorizo quesadilla and loaded Baja fries. Watching the chorizo being flamed in the background, and the quesadilla being made in front of one’s eyes is always a satisfying experience, and both dishes were pleasant and fresh. I loved the booth decor and the guava soda that went alongside.
And then because I’m a fan of Fratelli, and a progressive dinner isn’t complete without dessert, we took home salted caramel cannoli, piped with filling right in front of us. The custard was delightful, the right density and flavour, and the cases satisfyingly light and bubbly. There my happy belly rested.
I’m planning on heading back to Yoshi for lunch or an early dinner as they have a separate restaurant-like area down the back which would be ideal for a working lunch or early evening dinner away from the masses.
They are also the only sushi and bento business in the city run by a Japanese lad, and you’ll find more genuine dishes like udon and karaage here.
7am – 7pm weekdays, 9am – 3pm Saturdays.
PS. Keep an eye out for an upstairs bar opening soon run by the Hanging Ditch team.