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La Mensa

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257 Oxford St., Paddington  Phone 02/9332 2963

Cuisine Type: Italian   Reservations recommended  Transportation: Bus: Oxford St.  Prices: Main courses A$14.50-$19.50 (U.S.$10.15-$13.65)  Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 9am-11 pm, Sun 9am-10pm.  Credit Cards: AE, BC, DC, MC, V

Though I find clean-cut, minimal interiors like the one here to be increasingly boring, at La Mensa it has the added zest of a gourmet food and vegetable store tacked on. There's a communal table seating about 20 people, as well as other smaller tables both inside and out. The stand-out main courses are roast beef rib-eye with lentils and garlic puree, veal with spinach and onions, and braised lamb shanks with soft polenta. The couple of vegetarian items include roast banana chilies filled with risotto.



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