This laidback St George’s Road eatery is doing a bang-up job of living up to its name, with cheerful, honest dishes and a comfy, home-spun vibe. Here, it’s all about keeping things simple and, most importantly, fun. The venue is only open Friday to Sunday and it has zero in the way of a website or social media channels. The space has been stripped right back, too, lit by candles stuffed into bottles and featuring butcher’s paper-covered tables and glasses filled with golf pencils to inspire diners to unleash some creativity instead of whipping out their phones.
From the kitchen comes a simple, produce-focused offering, where pasta is the star. You might tuck into a classic puttanesca or carbonara, or perhaps a bowl of fresh pipis tossed in white wine and herbs. A vegan ratatouille on rice is already a firm favourite, while platters of charcuterie, fruit and cheese are ideal for after-work drop-ins. Best of all, these good times are easy on the wallet — you’ll always find at least one $9 pasta in the mix, alongside $9 negronis, $9 craft beers and $9 carafes of wine.
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