CJ’s Secret Pasta Club had a strong following, especially among West End locals. But when the council revoked the venue’s dine-in license in early 2020, owners Leila Amirparviz and Darcy Adam were forced to turn to takeaway. Shortly after, Covid-19 hit and they decided to close the business entirely, sell the wholesale side of CJ’s Pasta and start looking for a new spot.
The West End locals stumbled upon the old Flora By Greenhouse Canteen space on Boundary Street and enquired a few days later. In just two weeks, they converted the bright and airy space into a dark, moody, retro-inspired room using 30 litres of fresh paint. Even though it can seat 40 people, the space still feels very intimate.
A concise menu is hand-written by Adam each day and changes depending on the produce available. You can expect to find a number of small dishes to start with, such as fresh burrata, truffled mushroom arancini and house-made focaccia, followed by a few vegetable dishes and a trio of pastas, including pumpkin agnolotti with burnt butter and pine nuts; or fusilli with prawns and red sauce.
On the drinks menu you'll find Australian wines made with Italian varietals, plus classic cocktails including spritzes and a Negroni. It's also BYO vinyl, so feel free to bring your favourite LP along to dinner.