One of Melbourne's best bars, Royal Saxon offers a large selection of cocktails, beers and wine in a dynamic, bustling environment. Royal Saxon’s versatility is highlighted by the fact that it also operates as an Italian restaurant (and an amazing one at that).
Royal Saxon's dining area has a relaxed ambience with a large central bar that dominates the interior. Striped napkins sit atop the bare wooden tables with views to Church Street or the Royal Saxon courtyard (where on Sundays, you might catch a glimpse of the delicious spit roast).
Under the guidance of head chef Simone Righetto, the kitchen serves consistently excellent Italian cuisine. All the pasta is handmade daily and the salumi and other cured meats are lovingly produced from scratch.
Chef Righetto’s resume is impressive, previously holding high profile roles including stints with ‘Gamberro Rosso’; a 2 Michelin Star restaurant in Tuscany, ‘Perbellini’; 2 Michelin Star Restaurant in Verona and ‘Murano’; a 1 Michelin Star restaurant in London.
Margherita - tomato, oregano and ﬁor di latte
Royal Saxon serves some of the best pizzas in Melbourne. The delicately thin crusts have the perfect balance between crispiness and chewiness and the expertly judged toppings are always impeccable. We love their classic margherita - think layers of mozzarella teamed with delightfully fresh basil and juicy ripe tomatoes. Encircled with a puffy crisp crust, this pizza is consistently superb.
Duck ragu parpadelle
As expected of any great Italian eatery, Royal Saxon is particularly good at producing quality pasta dishes. The parpadelle that we had was no exception. The parpadelle was expertly cooked and retained a slight residual bite. The other ingredients combined to create a wonderful complexity of flavour – the duck ragu was deliciously flavoursome and tender.
Pan roasted barramundi ﬁllet with new season artichoke trifolati, mint and broad beans
Seared beautifully on the outside and wonderfully moist on the inside, the barramundi was stunning. The broad beans and the buttery, soft artichoke were the perfect accompaniment. A profoundly delicious dish displaying great technique.
Our favourite dessert from the new winter menu was the delightful tiramisu. Well made, with its flavour heavily dominated by the constituent alcoholic component, it was a simple and traditional dessert that was well executed and thoroughly enjoyable.
The chefs at Royal Saxon deliver highly memorable, superbly executed Italian cuisine and service with panache and precision - every dish we have ordered from our numerous visits has been perfectly seasoned and consistently excellent. The new winter menu is no different.