The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 18 April 2006

Italian @ Siena's, Leederville

Now, we've been to Siena's many many times, with collegues, friends and family, and I have done a review for this diner before. On Sunday lunch, we caught up with Rob's mum and one of his brother's family at Siena's. We met their 3mth old baby boy, Nicholas, who had such rosy chubby cheeks. Rob's niece Tayler was her usual bubbly happy self.

Rob asked if I wanted to carry Nick. Usually I'll be jumping at the chance to hold a baby. Lately, I have been reluctant to do so, especially in the presence of my mum or Rob's mum. I don't want to give anyone any ideas that we want to start a family in the near future. My mum has tried this tactic before, asking me to hold a newborn baby at church a few months ago, probably hoping that it would make me all clucky and want to have kids. Don't get me wrong, I would love to be a mother one day in the far distant future, but not anytime soon.


We ordered three things to share for entree:

Traditional bruschetta topped with tomatoes, basil and garlic ($7.00) - this was ordinary. Very simple and would be a breeze to make your own at home.

Potato Croquettes ($8.00) filled with mozzarella and black pepper - this was nice, but once again so easy to make at home (hm, can you tell that I'm not much impressed with food I can do myself?).

Calamari Griglia ($14.00) - grilled marinated squids. This was yummy. A bit greasy, but hey, it's Italian food.


Now for some reason, I did not take any pictures of the food we ordered for our main meals. Rob ordered Pollo Siena ($21.50), which is chicken breast filled with prawns, spinach and capsicum in a cream and garlic sauce. This is one that Rob gets time and again. Creamy sauces don't agree with my stomach and the last time I ordered this dish, I had an unpleasant problem with my digestive system in the hours that followed.

I ordered the Scallop Fettucine which is fettucine with scallops and prawns, something that we'd had before. Supposed to come in a creamy sauce, but I requested for a tomato-based sauce, and it was still quite yummy.

Italian restaurants must make good business because Italian food is so simple and cheap to make, yet the cost of each dish kinda makes you wonder if it is really quite worth it. We usually use a buy 1 get 1 free voucher at Siena's (readily available from Hot Dockets), but it's not valid on public holidays so today's meal worked out to be quite pricey.

But anyway, we had a good time catching up with part of Rob's family and meeting the new baby.


  1. hahaha
    Honey: wow, doesn't Rob look like the 'Dad' there. Muahahaha...decided not to have kids know how much they cost? if we don't have kids then we can retire earlier...hahahha

  2. Had fun too!
    Hey chickie! Sorry for late blog comment, but just wanted to say that Matt and I really enjoy Rob and your company! You guys are super cool! Had fun that nite @ dinner! Look forward to next was going to be somewhere expensive right?? hehehe ;) Ciao meow!