Verve Restaurant Bar Cider House, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Ph: 07 32215691Date of Review: 20 June 2012
On a cold wintery day, all I wanted to do was hibernate and what better place than underground in Verve Restaurant Bar Cider House! After making my way down the stairs, my eyes had to adjust to the dimly lit restaurant. We were shown to our table right at the back of the restaurant in an area which seemed like it was still to be finished. The backdrop was raw brickwork and there were pipes running overhead. The place had a rustic, cosy type feel to it, even though it felt a bit like going to a picnic in a cave!
Despite the menu online not being updated since September 2011 (even though the website states the menu is updated seasonally), it doesn't seem to have changed. I ordered the pork belly linguini with roasted garlic, chilli, shiitake mushroom, mint, English spinach and olive oil. It was presented simply but was delicious - the pork belly was especially good. It was a little bit spicy for my liking and I could taste the chilli in my mouth for hours afterwards! Unfortunately the coffee machine was being reserviced, but I was able to grab a coffee from the cart upstairs (which coincidentally has sachets of gluten free Brookfarm Macadamia Nut Muesli - my absolute favourite!)
After calling ahead to enquire what "low gluten" meant on the menu (and if this was in fact "gluten free"...I was a little bit sceptical about the wait staff's knowledge. However, it seems that the staff use the phrases "low gluten" and "gluten free" interchangeably. Once I was seated, I was reassured that the pasta the place is famous for could be ordered gluten-free (except for the lasagne and meat balls dishes) and that the sauces were gluten-free too.
The menu has a good range of pasta, pizza and risotto dishes - all at a comparable price for the city approx $22 each.
To be honest, it was so dark that I can't really comment on how clean the place was!
TOTAL SCORE: 42/50 or 84%