For a starter, my friend and I shared some tapas. The menu offers various tapas at $3 each. We would've ordered the tapas platter (one of each of the tapas for $29) but thought it might be too much with our mains. We decided on the tomato and basil arancini balls and the apple and prosciutto salad. The arancini balls were nice and slightly crispy on the outside - simple but delicious. The salad combination of apple of prosciutto worked really well together too. Refreshing!
For the main, I ordered the oxtail tortellini ($20.50) which looked awesome when it came out.
My friend ordered the truffle cream spaghetti with spiced wagyu meatballs ($20.50). The spaghetti itself was cooked perfectly al dente. I've noticed when Canberra restaurants serve a 'truffle' dish, there are only a few specks of the truffle tossed throughout the dish. I understand it is quite expensive but am disappointed that the truffle flavour isn't more prominent. I quite liked the meatballs - delicious wagyu beef mince cooked in spicy tomato sauce. My friend wasn't too impressed with this dish.
The best part of the meal were the tapas.
I came back again for lunch a few weeks later with another group of friends who wanted to try the place out. This time I ordered the braised lamb shanks ($21.50). Nicely presented and quite a big serving that I couldn't finish the dish. I thought it was pretty average and there wasn't anything special about it. The meat wasn't that tender and didn't fall off the bone easily either. But for around the $20 mark, its a pretty decent feed.
I've noticed Alchemy have recently updated and redesigned their menu adding a few more dishes. I think they may have increased their prices slightly as I'm sure the lamb shanks were $19.50 previously. Still a value for money dish.
I really liked the attentive and friendly service here and hope the quality of the food improves.