by Michelle Wilding in Cool Travel on Saturday 8 November 2008

I think I’ve tried about four times now to get a reservation at Melbourne’s Fifteen Restaurant whenever I find myself frequenting the glorious city, but today I finally got lucky. Two years after its debut on Jamie Oliver’s show, this restaurant is still living up to the hype. Essentially it offers Mediterranean cuisine, but the difference is that it’s actually authentic. The menu stretches further than your average spaghetti bolognaise, pizza or risotto, that’s for sure. I was left amazed by a baked baby ricotta, prosciutto and balsamic entrée; kipfler potato smothered in a mixed pesto; and a baked pear with orange and vanilla mascarpone for dessert. The waiter even gives you a choice as to what bread style you want to dip in some oil. Now, that’s what we call service.