Located on Glenferrie Road in Malvern, Sagra is an exciting Italian restaurant-bar-deli-gallery concept. Sagra wears many hats but does so in the best way possible.
True to its name ('sagra' means 'festival' in Italian), Sagra is a celebration of food. Split over three levels, the ground floor houses the bustling dining room, arranged around the central kitchen. At the rear of the ground floor is a delicatessen where you can purchase cheese, cured meats, olives, freshly baked bread and prepared meals ready to take home to the family. The first floor houses an art gallery, and one flight up—on the rooftop—there is a rooftop bar.
Owner Ross Chessari says this winter’s menu has been inspired by international flavours recreated in-house, giving discerning breakfast and brunchers a truly unique experience. For those wanting a sweet start to their day, the 'Bring Me Pancakes, Please' will be calling your name. Deliciously fluffy ricotta pancakes topped with generous slices of tart rhubarb that are brilliantly balanced out by the crystallised white chocolate, freeze dried raspberries, and gelato loaded with real maple syrup. For those who prefer something slightly less decadent, there's the 'Good 'N Tasty'; sautéed kale, crisp green beans and asparagus, it is complemented by toasted walnuts coated in fresh Mainridge goat’s fetta, topped with fresh mint and basil. Topped off with a poached egg and homemade bread, it's sure to satisfy anyone and everyone.
The old classics that we all know and love are still there. Dishing up fresh and authentic Italian fare, the seasonal menu is ever evolving; with the latest additions covering classics like baccala, quail risotto, and bistecca, as well as smaller bar offerings (also available in the restaurant) like Josper roasted chicken wings, grilled pork ribs marinated in balsamic and ginger, and classic antipasti.
Whether someone is after a delicious post-work meal, a quiet drink with a view, a chef-cooked meal to take home or a place to host a celebration, Sagra has something for everyone.
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