Fo0die dined as a guest of Cargo and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Located just by the water in Docklands, we arrived at the 5 year old venue via tram from work on a Friday evening.
Approaching the venue, we could see that the venue has floor to ceiling glass windows right around the venue to ensure best views of their waterfront location. Large bench tables under gazebos occupy the front of the venue.
Cargo’s A3 double sided menu, has breakfast/brunch menu on one side and a lunch/dinner menu on the other side. For our visit, we focused on the lunch/dinner menu which had a mix of shared dishes, pasta, paella, salad, burgers and pizza.
We started off with the mushroom arancini as a shared dish. The batter around the outside was different to the usual arancini batter we’ve had in the past; we could only describe it as being densely crumbed with large pieces of mushrooms on the inside.
For our two mains, we chose a pizza and paella. The pizza had a very thin crust with plenty of mushrooms and a subtle truffle oil flavour. While the paella had a risotto like texture with crusty bits at the bottom. Cooked in a tangy, slightly spicy tomato based sauce; the seafood was fresh and plenty of it in the paella.
To finish, we ordered the dessert waffle to share which was presented in a simple manner (not like the cafe style waffles you may be use to seeing). Light and fluffy waffles with a delicious chocolate caramel sauce drizzled on top and all balanced with a vanilla ice cream.
With a beautiful view of the waters and the bridge at night which is beautifully lit up, the venue was busy on the Friday night when we visited. With a casual and relaxing setting, the venue is perfect for catch ups over some unpretentious food and a few drinks.
Dishes that make up this review
- Wild mushroom arancini with truffle aioli ($9)
- Funghi; wild mushrooms, field mushrooms, thyme, taleggio cheese on a mozzarella and olive oil base finished with truffle oil and finished with fresh herbs ($17)
- Seafood paella with local prawns, mussels, fish pieces, tomato, peas, saffron, chilli, garlic, lemon and topped with fresh herbs ($34)
- Dessert waffle with tim tam crumble, chocolate caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream and fairy floss ($12)
- Pressman’s apple cider ($8)
- Placebo; blueberry, cranberry, pineapple, soda, lime and mint ($8)