Romulus & Remus
Shop 2/648 Bridge Road
(03) 9429 3042
I have been keeping this one secret for a little while but after a recent visit I feel compelled to tell you all about this great place Bf-B found. Romulus & Remus opened in November last year on Bridge Rd, Richmond, right next door to the Bridge Hotel. Named after the two brothers of Roman mythology, the large 160-seat restaurant was formally an indoor golf range before being transformed into a modern Italian eatery.
The menu focuses on “‘traditional feasting and old-school Italian-style food” according to part owner Renton Carlyle-Taylor. While there are many traditional Italian dishes such as antipasti, gnocchi in tomato sauce, and tiramisu, Romulus & Remus manages to breathe new life into them, presenting dishing that are both comforting and contemporary.
A selection of antipasti is a good way to start, with an ever rotating variety on offer served with fresh bread. If cured meat isn’t your thing, options such as the pumpkin and goats cheese arancini ($15.00) or the chicken and pistachio terrine ($15.00) will get you started.
After tickling your tastebuds, it’s time for something more substantial. The menu is broken into Pizza, Pasta, Secondi and Condvidi, the latter translating into sharing plates. The pizzas are a step up from the traditional, with options such as crispy pancetta with pork sausage, chilli, slow roasted cherry tomatoes, and cauliflower, drizzled with porcini oil ($22.00), or for the more adventurous, lamb kofta with caramelised onion, goat’s cheese, pine nuts, rocket and pomegranate molasses ($21.00). Traditionalists will be happy to know there is a classic margherita on offer, with tomato, buffalo mozzarella and oregano ($19.00).
For the pasta fiends out there, there’s a short but solid selection on offer. The linguine marinara with prawns, pippies, mussels, calamari, capers, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chilli and lemon is laden with seafood ($28.00), however, the crispy gnocchi served on a pea puree with chorizo, goat’s cheese and drizzled with truffle oil is perhaps a little dry ($25.00).
If you’re not after pasta or pizza, take a look at the secondi menu. While it may not be quite vegetarian friendly, it covers all the animal bases including twice cooked pork belly on cauliflower puree ($28.00), veal scallopini with lentils and spinach ($31.00), or snapper with pumpkin ravioli ($36.00). If you’re more of a carnivore, the eye fillet served on sliced creamed potatoes, twice cooked fennel, olive crumbs and jus is a reliable choice ($36.00).
With rotating specials there’s always something new to try. The night we visited there was a confit duck with semolina gnocchi and mushrooms on offer. While dishes such as the steak and the duck are delicious, a more varied selection of sides would be welcomed, as the dishes are quite simple.
Traditionalists will be happy to see the dessert menu lists a few old favourites: the tiramisu layered savoiardi with coffee, chocolate, strega and mascarpone is textbook and arrives unadorned in all the simplistic beauty it deserves ($12.00). The affagato is simplistic too, with a single serve of ice cream served alongside a shot of espresso. This is the PG rated version, however, and a shot of frangellico would not have gone astray.
This is a place you can take your family for a special night out, or your partner for a laid back, top notch lunch or dinner. Delicious for pizza, pasta, or a whole baby pig, this place has something for everyone.