Groovin’ twice in a week

It’s rare that I go to a restaurant twice in one week but somehow I ended up at the Groove Lounge for lunch on a Saturday and then was at the Groove Train for dinner the following Wednesday.

The Groove Train has a number of franchises and as I’ve found out, they are all slightly different.

The Groove Lounge, Williamstown

I took the Werribee line for the first time to get down to the Groove Lounge.  I was technically still on the Daniel fast at this time but since Ray was shouting, it was difficult to just still to the greens…(not sure about the prices)

1. Vedura Mista Wood Fired Pizza top left

I thought I would be eating most of this pizza with mushroom, eggplant, roasted capsicum, pumpkin, spinach, onion, mozzarella cheese & Napoli sauce topped with basil pesto but I think they were a bit too generous with the pesto and so I found it a bit oily.  The base was just right for all the pizzas :).

2. Tandoori Chicken Wood Fired Pizza top right

Pretty good though nothing that was particularly memorable.

3. Greek Wood Fired Pizza bottom left

Really enjoyed this pizza as the tzatziki on top was a refreshing contrast to the marinated lamb strips.  Spinach, fetta and the Napoli sauce were good accompaniments.

4. Greek Salad bottom right

Was good to have something else besides pizza lol.

The Groove Train, Melbourne Central

Went for a bit more variety this time with our core team however, now that we were paying for it, we realised how expensive the place is :S.

1. Groove to the Caesar Salad ($18.90) top left

Just a basic caesar salad – I would have liked the egg to have been a bit more runny but still a good side dish to the other mains…

2. Salmone Wood Fired Pizza ($20.90) top right

Smoked salmon, Napoli sauce, Spanish onion, cream cheese & capers = fail-proof combo :).

3. Chicken Calzone ($17.90) bottom left

I liked the presentation though it took me a while to get to the filling…

4. Traditional Fettuccine Carbonara ($18.90) bottom right

Can’t go past a good Carbonara with pan-fried bacon & spring onions, tossed in a creamy egg yolk & parmesan cheese sauce though for the price you pay, it’s not that great money for value.

For our meal at The Groove Train it worked out to be about $15.00 per person and so I put aside $7.50 for the Eat Out: Help Out Project.

See the story behind the Eat Out: Help Out Project here.

I wouldn’t mind going back to The Groove Lounge if it wasn’t so far off but I think in future (unless someone else is shouting!) I won’t be heading on The Groove Train any time soon :P.

♥ Ames

Fettuccine with creamy salmon and dill sauce

Spring calls for a bit of ‘spring cleaning’ so we’ve been doing a lot of sorting, rearranging, throwing out the old and making room for the new :).  As part of this seasonal ritual, I decided to clean up the Pictures folder on my Mac as well! :D

During the decision-making process of what to keep or not to keep, I stumbled upon the photos for this yummy little dish we made a while back:

Fettuccine with creamy salmon and dill sauce

Taken from an old Women’s Weekly recipe book, ‘Fast Fish’

It is seriously the easiest recipe ever (and somewhat healthy IMO)!  Said to be on the table in 20 minutes (if you are efficient with your prep time).

Serves 4


  • 375g fettuccine
  • 1/2 cups (120g) light sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 415g can red salmon, drained
  • 1 small red onion (100g), sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • Coriander


  1. Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling water, uncovered, until tender; drain
  2. Meanwhile, combine sour cream and juice in a small bowl.  Break salmon into chunks.
  3. Toss hot pasta with sour cream mixture, salmon, onion, dill and capers until combined.
  4. Serve topped with lemon rind and a bit of coriander.
  5. Voilà!


♥ Ames