During the cold winter nights, there is nothing more filling and delicious than a good pasta, according to my companion the Hungry Little Goldfish. With that in mind, we went to Vapiano after work for some long awaited Italian food.
We lined up at the door and were given the smart cards to order.
The regular menu contained the usual favourites, but our focus for the day was the winter menu.
Despite having heard that the Gardencity store now takes orders at the table, Brisbane CBD was still very much interactive, with customers lining up and watching the chefs make their dinner.
I grabbed a table whilst my companion ordered for both of us. The table was adorned with the usual herbs, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
Between the two of us, we shared three mains, this was largely due to the fact that I was super keen to try the lasagna, but it appeared to be quite a small serving. It came out perfectly charred, and garnished with a cute little basil leaf. I really enjoyed the meaty tomato-y sauce, which warmed me right up. Coupled with the comforting soft pasta and cheese, I loved it. My only wish was that it could have been a bigger portion.
My companion ordered his usual Gamberi E Spinaci with linguine. He loves the spinach white sauce, on the freshly made pasta. Compared to the lasagna, it was significantly larger in portion size, with my companion also noting the generosity in toppings, having around 7 or 8 prawns in the serving. He relished the sauce so much that he mopped up any excess with the bread.
I was also keen to try the truffle pizza from the winter menu. With its ham, mushroom and mozarella, it reminded me quite a bit of the truffle pizza I had at Julius at Southbank but with added rocket and Parmesan. I appreciated how the base wasn't too thick, and also how the ham wasn't too salty.
Without intending to try the soup, we were lucky enough to get a sample of their tomato soup, which was quite rich and wholesome despite being lukewarm by the time it was served to us. I really appreciated the rich thick tomato taste, mixed with the smooth cream.
By the time we were done, we were already too full for dessert. That still didn't stop us from getting some gummy bears after paying though :3.
Price Range: $15 - $25pp