It's down an alleyway off Russell Street and we had a quick drink at James Squire's before our reservation.
- Hand-cut lemon tagliatelle tossed with Balmain bugs, chilli & garlic, in a white wine sauce
- Gnocchi di casa, tomato & crustacean reduction, pan-tossed with Southern Rock lobster
The gnocchi were perfect pillows of perfection. The tomato reduction was so deep and flavourful and intense. Steve and I swapped plated halfway through so we could enjoy the pleasure of both and yes, both were so pleasureable.
- Grilled jumbo quail, deboned, stuffed with porcini & funghi risotto, wrapped pancetta & sage, served on radicchio treviso & vin cotto
- Eye fillet minute steak, rocket, Maria’s sun-dried tomatoes, olio d’oliva & limone dressing
The quail was tasty and the risotto was earthy and yummy. Could have done with more The bitter radicchio leaves were a great contrast to the sweet bird meat and vin cotto reduction.
I didn't really have expectations of the steak but we were so pleasantly surprised. I thought it would just be a flattened piece of meat and usually quite rough in texture but this was juicy and succulent with a great intensity of flavour. Cooked so simply but with superior quality ingredients was the essence of this plate of food.
with salted walnut caramel and strawberries instead. Steve had the spiced bread pudding with vanilla ice cream.
The salted caramel was definitely salted and the ricotta mellowed it out and the strawberries cut through all the richness. Having said that I found the ricotta a little cloying and it sticky in the mouth, Steve seemed to enjoy his bread pudding but made a comment that it was a little heavy. Dessert was probably the weakest course out of the three but not so bad as to cause distress.
The trattoria was a little quiet - maybe something to do with the holiday season and this was a bit of a shame but given the level of fatigue Steve and I were suffering from the calm and far from frenetic place probably suited us. The food was good quality, genuine and honest - no fan fare but cooked with love. Totally enjoyable.