If the week could start as pleasantly as every lunch does at @linorestaurant when you order the porchetta, ain’t nobody would be bitching about #mondayblues. Lino is the classier, more refined older brother of the casual & fun @linoppbar, but both have stunning steals for set lunches. I’ve covered @linoppbar ridiculously value for money $20 set lunch before, and @linorestaurant 3 course set lunch is only eight bucks more expensive.⠀

Yes, I know, this does NOT look like porchetta at all. That’s what I thought too when the waiter first placed it at my table. It looks a lot more like shaved ham, doesn’t it? Where are the crispy cracklings that everyone desires & expects from porchetta? Look, it might not be porchetta per se, but it is most definitely delicious. The shaved pork is smoky & scintillatingly salty, and is everything you’d ever want in a palatable pork dish. The surprise stunner here is actually the julienned apple that’s amply dressed in a very addictive apple & celeriac remoulade.⠀

The apple is sweet & crunchy, while the remoulade is creamy, slightly sour & a little peppery from the celeriac, which revolutionised the admittedly one dimensional salty porchetta. The competently compiled flavours & textures united to form an exquisitely executed appetiser. This is guaranteed to get your salivary glands going hard and you all fired up for the rest of your stellar set lunch.