In 1971 I cooked spaghetti to live, and lived to cook spaghetti.- Murakami
I found myself in a Garfield mood – in that I was craving a meaty, cheesy lasagne. It is very rare that I will eat pasta at a restaurant and I generally try to avoid ordering something I could very easily conjure up at home.
On our search for a place that serves lasagne, we stumbled upon University Café. University Cafe on Lygon st is one of the better establishments on the strip and the lack of haranguing by spruikers is always a nice touch. Note Lygon St Restaurants: harassing prospective patrons to dine at your restaurant, unsurprisingly, has the opposite effect.
The lasagne arrived in the form of layers of melty beef, cheese and soft, indulgent layers of pasta sheets. Large shavings of sharp parmesan melted into the top layer and it was exactly the decadent Italian dish my tastebuds were seeking. The dish left a very hungry me quite satisfied.
Across the table, a large serve Penne Telefono was being devoured. The penne was cooked perfectly al dente and the sauce was subtle but tasty, with delicious hints of pork sausage. A sparing application of parmesan rounded the medley of these traditional Italian traditional flavours. The servings at University Café are on the larger side – my advice is to arrive ravenous.
The orange aperitif’s were delightfully refreshing on a balmy November evening. The service was attentive and friendly, with only a few other tables occupied this late in the evening on a Sunday. Having undergone a recent revamp, the interior and exterior is looking much better than the previous incarnation.
I will definitely return to University Cafe when the lasagne cravings set in again.