Working in a large office invariably means that corporate lunches are a frequent occurrence. My readers would know that we've had a recent obsession with gastro pub style restaurants, due to their variety and proximity. However, on this instance, we decided to try something else, and a colleague recommended Italian, and after much research, we opted for Verve Cafe Bar, along Edward Street in the CBD.
Verve is situated underground, in a cozy little basement with wooden tables and orange chairs amongst a brick backdrop.
The food menu was consise, offering a variety of entrees, pizzas and pastas.
We were given complimentary cheesy garlic bread to start us off, which was quite substantial and well seasoned.
I had the spinach and cucumber risotto, which came in a red sauce topped with parmesan. Whilst the risotto was well done, I did find that the sauce was very very overpowering to the extent where I was unable to taste the cucumber and spinach at all.
My neighbour had the "Fire" pizza, which was also quite a generous size. Taste wise though, he said that it was a lot thicker than the bases of other pizzas he had, and a lot more doughier. Also, in line with the pasta, the tomato sauce was very strong and overwhelmed the flavours of beef, and salami. Only chilli could really be made out above the tomato flavours.