The Italian proverb ‘Chi dorme non piglia pesci’ means ‘He who sleeps catches no fish’ or, to put it another way, ‘You snooze, you lose’.
Wake up and catch today’s Big Deal on a tasty, three course Italian meal at the friendly Esca restaurant on Chisholm Street in the Merchant City.
Esca is a firm favourite with 5pm Restaurant customers. Over 1600 people have booked meals at Esca through 5pm and then rated their experiences.
Between them all, those customers have given Esca a cracking combined score of 4.3/5.
3 course meal
This red hot offer is for two people to enjoy a three course meal from Esca’s generous Big Deal menu.
As they are out to spoil their guests, the deal includes a cheeky glass of sparkling wine on arrival; a bottle of the house Italian wine to accompany your meal and tea or coffee to finish.
A cosy, candle-lit space, Esca has been making its customers very happy for well over a decade and they know exactly what sort of dishes put a smile on their customer’s faces.
From the steamed mussels to the rib-eye steak, this Big Deal menu reads like Esca’s greatest hits.
Cozze – steamed mussels served in a rich tomato sugo
Minestrone – delicious, classic soup made with vegetables
Arancini – deep-fried rice balls stuffed with ham and cheese
Crostini Caprino – toasted bread topped with goat’s cheese, red onion jam and rocket
Torte de pesce – fish cakes with coriander and lime, red pepper mayo
Insalate tri colori – buffalo mozzarella, vine tomato and basil pesto
Rib-eye steak served with hand-cut chips, wild mushrooms, red onion and garlic in a rich red wine sauce
Roast leg of lamb served with salsa verde, vegetables and potatoes
Chicken Parmigiano – chicken breast topped with a Parmesan crust, served with penne arrabiata
Risotto pollo – risotto rice tossed with chicken breast, broccoli, cream and Parmesan
Fish casserole – salmon, coley, calamari, mussels and prawns cooked in a rich tarragon, white wine and tomato sauce
Caponata – Mediterranean vegetables in a tomato sauce served with fried polenta
Tiramisu – traditional Italian coffee sponge topped with freshly whipped cream
Apple and toffee crumble
Sticky toffee pudding
Pannacotta of the day with a berry coulis
Esca just keeps on attracting glowing reviews, many of which underline the friendliness of the service. These two from the last fortnight are typical:
‘Amazing. The food was amazing and the staff were welcoming and friendly.’ Rating 5/5
‘A real treat. The food was great, the service was great. We would definitely go again. A hidden gem.’ Rating 5/5