The afternoon of Mother’s Day was spent with James’ family at the picturesque Sanctuary Cove. We had some absolutely gorgeous Italian food at ioesco | cafe cucina bar. The gloomy skies, while ominous at first, cleared up a bit while we were busy with lunch and eventually graced us with fluffy sun-drenched clouds towards the evening.
We filled up on some really amazing food. For starters, James and I tried their focaccia rossa (beautiful pizza bread ripe with extra virgin olive oil, tomato, garlic and herbs) and went halves on their delicious crumbed potato croquettes (filled with salami, ham, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, served with a blue cheese sauce).
For the mains, we chose the lamb shank risotto (braised in the oven in a carrot, celery, red wine & Napoli tomato sauce served through arborio rice with parmesan cheese) and linguine alle cicale (pasta with Moreton Bay bugs, capsicum, pine nuts, basil, Napoli tomato & brandy cream sauce). For dessert, I had a bite of their rich chocolate mousse with vanilla bean ice cream. Heavenly.
Many pictures were taken before, during and after lunch, but my favourite part was the impromptu photo session we had outside with James’ little two-year-old niece, Ella. That girl always looks good on camera. Just look at her adorable smile!
Finally, here are some obligatory scenery snapshots of Sanctuary Cove. Boats, boats and more boats. I just couldn’t resist.
IOESCO | CAFE CUCINA BAR
3a Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove
Gold Coast, Queensland, 4212
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm till late (Tues-Sun)