To kick off our Zomato food tour, we sat down for some wonderful Italian entrees at Lilly’s Espresso & Cucina in the Rhodes Waterside shopping centre.
After looking at their cocktails, I couldn’t go past the Mojito, which we all agreed was so sweet and light, and a great start to the night. I also tried a sip of rose, which was delightful as well, and a good compliment to the dishes we were about to sample.
By day, Lilly’s has an amazing cafe spread, but by night, the menu transitions into offering a great selection of pizzas and pastas, as well as antipasti dishes.
We began with the bruschetta, which was topped with plenty of tomato and a great crusty bread – so refreshing! We then tried an amazing antipasto platter, which had a selection of cheese, meats and fruit. My favourite elements were the prosciutto and burrata cheese, which were so lovely and fresh.
This was served alongside olives and some garlic bread pieces with chilli flakes, which were cut into lovely bite sized pieces that were great for snacking. We then tried some of the fresh figs with cheese tweals, which were beautiful and sweet, and had a great texture with the cheese.
Finally, the star of the evening were the fried and stuffed zucchini flowers. This is one of my favourite Italian entrees, and this version did not fail to deliver, as the batter was thin and crispy, and the inside so crunchy and flavoursome. It was a universal hit, and a must try dish!
Lilly’s is located right near the Rider Boulevarde entrance to Rhodes Waterside. There is ample seating both inside and outside, and a great booth seat for larger groups too. The staff were so welcoming and friendly, and each of the dishes was plated up magnificently. So much care has gone into crafting the flavours of each dish, and we’ll definitely be back for a taste of the mains as well!
Lilly’s is one of the great staples of Rhodes Shopping Centre. While they may be more known for their brunch food, they have an amazing selection of dishes for dinner, and service with a smile to cap it off. Be sure to check out their nightly $15 pizza specials as well!
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Rhodes Waterside, Lilly’s and Zomato. Thanks so much to Naomi and Raj for organising the tour!