Ground Floor, Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville
Another month, another colleague’s birthday lunch. Not that I’m complaining, because it’s nice to have an excuse to leave the office for an hour or so. This time, we headed to the nearby Royal Women’s Hospital – I know, not a likely place for good food – to have lunch at Cafe Isabella.
Cafe Isabella is more like a cafe which happens to be in a hospital, than a hospital cafe. I imagine it’s something of a flagship outlet for its owners, the Zouki group, who also manage the food court offerings in the RWH/RMH building. The fit out is new and stylish, and the feel is definitely urbane. When we were there, the place wa s full of what I can only assume were hospital officials – it was all a little bit suity. Still, the service is exceedingly good, and the food is pretty good value, with meals ranging between $15-$25.
I had the chicken burger, because I felt like something with chips that day. My only complaint about this burger was that it was a bit too big. I had to chop it in two to manage it without spilling aioli and caramelised onions all over myself. The chips were nice and crispy, if a little on the luke side of warm. I love these wide, flat cut chips, though.