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Rome Restaurant Itinerary - Feedback Requested

Sorry it's such a long answer but have been meaning to write all this since we returned from Italy....We spent only a few days in Rome. We ate so well and i get the feeling that pretty much you can eat well wherever you go.

BEST MEAL - We had lunch at Piperno and it was fantastic. We sat outside in the lovely courtyard and had an oil-fest - sounds hideous but it was really marvellous. The Jewish style artichokes are exceptional - and it is worth going just for those - deep fried whole artichokes with the crisp outside leaves the colour of dark roasted potato chips and each layer towards the centre reveals less crispness and more soft artichoke... The stuffed zucchini flowers were lovely as well. The pastas were also first rate - i had a spaghetti carbonara which was extremely rich but seriously delicious.
Imagine spaghetti tossed with really crisp pieces of the saltiest (they called it just lard)pancetta (or guanciale) and a sauce made of grated pecorino cheese, egg and resulting melted lard...absolutely lip-smackingly great. Extremely rich – in fact too rich to finish, but certainly a truly memorable dish. Perhaps I may have been able to eat it all had I not eaten 18,000 calories of fried food for starters.
The kids had gnocchi alla pomodoro and alla bolognese and all enjoyed it very much.
And we had to then have MORE fried food for dessert. I mean, how could you possible skip a dessert called Le Palle de Nonno Fritte – literally translated as Grandpa’s Balls – fried! The plate came with 2 fried balls about the size of small cricket balls – a light and slightly sweetened ricotta mixture (think Cheesecake) which was then lightly battered and deep fried. Mmmmmmm.
Fantastic lunch. More fattening than most, more expensive than most but well worth it on both counts!

We also went to Checchino and had a delicious meal. My starter of Tonnarelli al sugo di coda, a square cut spaghetti with “a full body gravy made with tomatoes and ox tail”. Incredible. We all loved it and ate every last morsel and scraped the bottom of the dish with bread. Hubby ordered the Bucatini all Gricia, described as long, hollow spaghetti served in a white sauce made with ewe’s milk cheese and rendered pig’s cheek, which was spaghetti with guanciale, olive oil, pepper and grated pecorino. It was fantastic! . Hubby's main – Coda alla Vaccinara – was oxtail which had been cooked for hours in a tomato sauce with celery, pine nuts, raisins and (wait for it) sprinklings of bitter chocolate. It was totally unique and unctuously (is that a word?) delicious. Incredible flavour of a slow cooked dish that just makes you HAVE to lick the plate clean. Only downside of the meal was the snooty waiter - maybe becasue we had 4 young teenagers with us?

We also ate at Colline Emiliane which we all really enjoyed, particulary the first course pasta. Excellent Fettucini with mushrooms, and a perfectly made Fettucine alla Bolognese - from the home made slippery egg pasta to the wonderfully simple meat ragu. Lovely simple restaurant which was very warm and welcoming!

Our worst meal (with the loveliest waiter !) was at Osteria de Nerone near the Colosseum. It wasn't terrible, just ordinary. Perhaps because everything else was extraordinary!

Happy eating!

Aug 19, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Bologna: One lunch and dinner

Have just returned from Italy, and had one day in Bologna. We had a wonderful lunch at MELONCELLO, Via Saragozza 240a, followed by the steep climb through 666 porticos to Basilica Sanctuario della Madonna di San Luca (worth doing!) The restaurant was recommended by Fred Plotkin (Italy for the Gourmet Traveller) as well as having been tantalisingly reviewed by Helen Yuet Ling Pang (on this board and also see www.worldfoodieguide.wordpress.com).
We walked in to a very quaint, charming homey trattoria, with checked red tablecloths with white overlay, welcomed by a young man. Rustic charm. Old wine bottles, odd vases, coat racks and dark wooden chairs. Decided WAY too hot to sit in the tiny courtyard, so we sat inside. Only one other table occupied with a group of 6 Italians. We were late. Waiter proceeded to explain to us that there was no menu (ahh real Italy!) and that we could have Fettucine alla Bolognese, Gramigna alla salsiccia (pork sausage sauce), Gnocchi alla pomodoro. Three of us had the fettucine. OMG. Unbelievable. Perfect homemade egg-yellow slippery flat noodles with a Bolognese made (he explained) with onions. bacon, beef and pork, milk and cooked for hours and hours. The waiter added that this sauce needs to be made in a large quantity to work - he had made it at home in a little saucepan, following the proper method and using the same ingredients, and he said it just wasn’t the same! It was not a really wet sauce, nor a dry sauce, no tomato at all, only tasted of meat with just the perfect consistency to cling to the noodles. 2 of the kids had the gnocchi which was also brilliant. Perfect consistency - No gluginess. Light potato clouds!
We saw at the next table a little earthenware bowl filled with some sort of with pasta and meat and asked what it was. It was the special – Gramigna alla Salsiccia, which we promptly ordered. It was absolutely UNBELIEVABLE. See photo below. A little dish of worm-like, curly, thick strands of short homemade pasta with a sauce of pork sausage meat that was absolutely TDF!
Husband ordered a red wine but the waiter suggested that it was too hot for red and what we really needed on such a hot day was a Pignoletto. A somewhat sweet, chilled sparkling wine from the region...PERFECTOMUNDO!
Unfortunately (and I regret this enormously!!!) we did not have secondi. Trying not to stuff ourselves again. But we did try one of each of the desserts. We had a crème caramel and a Zuppa Inglese (sort of a trifle cake with pink cake, chocolate mousse and custard). Nice end to the meal.

Unfortunately, our dinner was not as great. Monday is not a good day for Bologna as many things are closed. We ate at Leonida as we wanted somewhere near the hotel and that was open. it was ok. The kids enoyed their Cotoletta alla Milanese. The lasagne was disappointingly ordinary.
Next time we are in Bologna we will hopefully be there for a few more days.

Aug 05, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Long report (on 3 restaurants only!) from Viareggio

Last month, we spent 3 days in Viareggio and really loved it. Stayed at the Principe de Piedmont which is an nice hotel with a beautiful pool, and it was a wonderful base for our trips to Pisa, Cinque terre and Lucca. And we ate surprisingly well. Best lunch was at La Dorsena, Via Virigilio 150 near the Benetti boat yards in a small uninteresting back street of Viareggio. Simple local restaurant with the menu in Italian only. A good sign - No tourists here. Specialites were Bavette with different seafood – calamaretti, fish, vongole, lobster. The kids ordered the Bavette with calamaretti - amazing, Gnocchi al Pomodoro (excellent)and Fritto Misto Calamare et Gamberi (a huge plate of perfectly fried prawns, calamari and a huge selection of chunky vegetables, also fried - this was outstanding). My husband had a Taglierini with ragu al pesce et pinoli (fish ragout with pine nuts). He thought the fish was a little fishy (he is very fishy fussy), but he loved the homemade pasta itself and the sauce. I was going to order Spaghetti all vongole but the waiter talked me into Bavette with Cannolicio, the local (Razor) clams. Drinking an extra dry Con alto Prosecco, a cold delicious sparkling wine. Perfect for lunch on a hot day. All the food was absolutely outstanding. My razor clams were so delicious. The shells are straight and long (about 3cm) and the clams are then removed cut into bits. Perfect thick spaghetti (Bavette) tossed with olive oil, garlic, clams and parsley. Best one I have eaten I think. Photo below.
We had one dinner at Il PuntoDivino which was also wonderful. Puntodivino. Via Mazzinni, 229. A few blocks back from the beach.Tiny little shopfront restaurant. No-one inside. The Maitre’d/waiter takes us through, past a few café tables. No-one there. Ok, how bad can it be? He takes us past the kitchen to a back room with shelves to the ceiling holding many wine bottles. Two tables. One for 5 – ours. And another for 10. Empty. Like someone’s dining room! So quaint and interesting. Italian menu. So far veryy happy! I had the "I “pici” del Morelli, erbe aromatiche e pomodori" - Pici with aromatic herbs and pomodoro. So so so good. Thick spaghetti “Pici” cooked so perfectly al dente. A little chewy. Pasta with substance and bite. Not quite a tomato sauce but imagine long-cooked chunks of tomato with herbs and a little olive oil. Just coated each strand of pasta with a few pieces of tomato still visible. No sauce on the plate at the end. A little spicy finish – chilli perhaps?
Husband had a large rigatoni, called Pachete, with tiny baby calamari (calamaretti). He was in absolute heaven . Large fat tubes of pasta tossed with olive oil, a few tiny sautéed calamari and some julienned roasted capsicums on the top. Simple yet perfect.
Main course for me was Seppiette in umido con fagiolini “stringhe” - squid, stewed with String beans and tomatoes. Imagine tiny tiny green string beans cooked with a sweet tomato sauce until it all melds together. The sauce was more delicious than the actual squid which I think I am starting to find a little difficult to eat since my black ink gnocchi experience in Venice.
Kids had the Agnello (lamb) which were 3 simple lamb chops seasoned beautifuly with herbs and salt, and simply grilled. Served with crispy potato slices. Happy kids. another one had the Tagliata di controfiletto caramellata al cabernet (Sirloin!), also well seasoned and grilled. FORTUNATELY they had no ketchup when he asked for it. How to ruin a good steak….
Husband had the Fillet of Branzino (sea bass) with Vongole. Too plain for him. Read the menu I say. Fish with clams is fish with clams. I thought it was so simple and well cooked with the juice of the clams and olive oil.
For Dolci they offered us Chocolate soufflé which of course we all jumped at, but actually turned out to be little soft centred hot chocolate puddings. The outside was very cakey and the inside was molten chocolate made with a delicious dark high quality chocolate. Excellent! They also had an incredible selection of house made ice creams (white and dark chocolate, guanjia (?) and various sorbets - pear, pink grapefruit) which we, unfortunately, were too stuffed to try. Till next time.
Very happy with the restaurant and I would SO highly recommend it. Would go back in a flash, particularly for the pastas…..
Last restaurant we went to was Da Romano. We didn't love it although some of the food was great. Very stuffy and formal. Curtains on the windows all closed when it was still light outside did not set a good scene. The highlight was the sweet sparkling wine - Moscato d'Asti - which is a great drink when the weather is so hot. My insalata mista was excellent and very fresh. My pasta with lobster was gluggy and ordinary. Husband loved his Eggplant parmigiana - was the best he ate anywhere. WOuldn't go back.
Happy eating! :)

Aug 05, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Need help . . .

Need to add in Sean's Panaroma at Bondi!
For 4 nights, i would choose Bird Cow Fish (have the pie), Longrain (since you are after Thai), Quay and Pier. Or Rockpool, but Rockpool falls short on the ambience i think with the renovation. Although the fish with yellow curry and the crab omelette are fantastic. I'd think i'd rather go to Rockpool in Melbourne. Quay is in an incredible spot view-wise (really breathtaking) and the food is quite amazing and very detailed (if you like that sort of thing). Pier used to be my favourite in Sydney, ironically, until it got it's third hat. Beautiful position on a wharf over Rose Bay. Very expensive. I used to think Greg Doyle (Pier) could cook fish better than anyone else in the world! Lately it has been heading in that food froth direction of El Bulli etc which is really not my thing. Still an outstanding restaurant. Never been to Marque and never heard anything that's made me want to go.
For a casual lunch, North Bondi Italian on Bondi Beach is hip and fun, serving a great caprioska and a delcious crumbed veal cutlet.
Good luck and enjoy Sydney!

Jul 02, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Viareggio

Thought it would be a good base - we'll go to Cinque Terre one day, the next day go to Pisa one morning and then let the kids have an afternoon at the beach, and then on the 3rd day to Lucca (for lunch at Buca San Antonio) and on to Florence. I am not that concerned if we can't find great food there as we are going to eat SO well everywhere else (I hope!). i have a few recommendations to consider although something simple at the hotel terrace cafe (where at least the view is beautiful) may do,so we'll see! I'll be sure to report back.

Jul 02, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Viareggio

I appreciate your honesty! Sometimes it's good to go somewhere with low expectations....

Jul 01, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Viareggio

We will be spending 3 nights in Viareggio next week. Hotel has recommended Romano (also CH rec), L'Oca Bianca, Al Porto and Da Cicero. CH has also rec Il Punto Divino.
Can anyone please help here? Is it worth driving to Lorenzo at Forte Dei Marmi? Thanks!!

Jun 30, 2008
hank64 in Italy

good food & wine show '08?

Hey Tsar i know this is the wrong board but...just looked up your bio and saw that your fave meal recently was Teatro del Sale in Florence. I was put off because of the Theatre part of it. We are going next week and i have spent months (OCD for sure) looking at all the restaurants...can you please tell me your faves anywhere else in Italy?

Jun 27, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

good food & wine show '08?

Is restaurant 08 something that would be of interest to us mere foodies if we are not in the business end of restaurants (just in the eating end!) ? i get that there are all the producers etc but is it really aimed at restauranteurs?
Speaking of restauranters...and Damien Pignolet....Am i allowed to ask a cooking question on this board? is anyone a fan of his cooking? I tried to make his twice-cooked chocolate souffle tonight (from his french book, andi thought it would look like his onion souffle at Bistro Moncur, escept in chocolate) and it didnt turn out as i'd expected...has anyone made it? Or even a twice-cooked souffle of any kind?

Jun 27, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Need help . . .

Melbourne - Rockpool Bar and Grill at the Crown Casino is a beautiful, smart and interesting restaurant with a really delicious and extensive menu with an excellent range of beef. Very swish setting with a menu that will make you very happy. Must try the starter of prawns and goats cheese tortellini with burnt butter, raisins and pine nuts. OMG this is one of the best things you'll ever eat - one of his signature dishes from the old days when he opened Rockpool Sydney. And the side dishes are brilliant (mac cheese, potato and cabbage gratin, incredible brussel sprouts), as are the desserts and cheeses...

Jun 26, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Need help . . .

In Melbourne, I love lunch at Cafe e Cucina, Chapel St South Yarra for a little bit of Italy. Last week i had a delicious spaghetti with crab, olive oil and a little diced tomato with 2 scampi sitting on top. Really simple and delicious. It is expensive though, at about $35 for a pasta. You are really paying for the postion, the vibe and the gorgeous Italian waiters. i guess someone who knows Melbourne well could suggest some great (less expensive) Italian restaurants.

Jun 26, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

good food & wine show '08?

Well since you asked......I totally agree with you. Where WERE the cheesemakers at all? All I saw was the Binnorie Dairy with their (delicious) Labna..but nothing else.The pasta makers were probably the highlight, and i liked the Pitango tasting (even though i already buy that stuff at Macro) but I was expecting a lot more tastings like that. And while you're whinging i'll also say how disappointed i was with the Delicious (magazine) stand. The only thing you could do there/get there/buy there was a subscription.And i already have one of those.And SO many people it was like being at Myer on the first day of the Clearance. I actually thought it was just one big piss up where 50,000 people were just running from one wine tasting to the next filling that glass around their necks. I haven't been before and not sure i want to go again.
So....thanks for asking! I agree! Think i am much happier just walking around the Fox Studios markets on a Wednesday morning.
But Gordon Ramsay was quite interesting to see "live"!

Jun 26, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Need help . . .

can guide you a little on Sydney. Lots of previous posts so make sure you search the Board as well.
Since you are staying in the Rocks i would suggest that you have a long lunch at Cafe Sydney (great view, great vibe and really good food, although not one of the MOST AMAZING FOODIE experiences of Sydney but still really worthwhile). And maybe one dinner around the area as well so you dob't have to drive anywhere? Guillame at the Opera House for the most incredible postion and view, but it is a more formal restaurant with a more fussy menu but it is considered one of Sydney's best. And he serves the best Paris Mash (learned from Robuchon) in town. Expensive. see http://www.guillaumeatbennelong.com.au/ for more info.
There is also Aria which is in the same area and looks at the Opera House and harbour Bridge and is a beautiful, slightly formal restaurant with delicious food. Also a little fussy, and also one of Sydney's best. And expensive.
http://www.ariarestaurant.com/AboutAr...

Same area, Rockpool (fish) is a slightly more casual, but expensive, restaurant with brilliant fish and seafood cooked by Neil Perry,a very well known and respected Aussie Chef. Have heard mixed reports about it recently, but we have really enjoyed it . No view of anything though!
If you head to Bondi Beach, Sean's Panaroma (see my previous post) is one of Sydney's interesting and iconic restaurants. Casual, crowded and SO delicious.

What areas of Sydney are you interested in visiting? That might help guide you a little better if we know.

Agree with suggestions of Vulcans at Blackheath.

Jun 24, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Bologna: One lunch and dinner

thanks drb, will look into those for sure. i've just noticed that we are actually there on a Monday night which limits us somewhat. Will report back after all is said and done and eaten. Cheers.

Jun 11, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Sydney Food Itinerary

Sorry to say EvilChris, and i'm sure they were really nice and all (as most Aussies are!!), but food-wise I really havent heard anything great at all about Glass, and there are so many restaurants in that category (i,e expensive) that i would rate ahead of it. Luke Mangan has a solid reputation and has been around for a while now - I'm just not a huge fan, although Bistro Lulu was quite nice when he ran that.

Jun 09, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Bologna: One lunch and dinner

thanks for that - will look at the other options...

Jun 08, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Moving from San Francisco to Sydney

The best bagels without a doubt are from Wellington St Cake Shop in Bondi Road (cnr Wellington), Bondi. They also make an outstanding (real, as in not a marble cake) chocolate kugelhopf rich in yeast and chocolate. Eat it hot and you will be in heaven! Please try them and report back on both!

As far as Jewish-style food... that's a hard one. Most of the shops are in Bondi, near Hall st and Glenayr Ave. There is Katzy's deli in Glenayr Ave, bondi and i believe their burgers and pies are good but havent tasted them. personally i found thier chicken soup and matzo ballshorrid. Better to go to the butcher across the road (Eilat at Hadassah) and buy your wings, frames, giblets and top rib...and make your own soup. i have a great recipe if you need. same about matzoh balls. MYO - you can't beat it. Across the road from the butcher is an Israeli shop called Sabbaba which i thnk does a great falafel, pitas, dips etc.

There are some great delis in the East, and i have no idea of any in your area. But if you do wish to venture across the harbour (and it's only 10 mins), you could try the following: Bianca's Food Store in Old South head Rd Rose Bay (down from Bunnings warehouse) has lovely ready-made Jewish food (prob good soup too) and a specialises in South African specialties to satisfy the huge S.A community here. There is also Dover Deli (not my favourite, but sells Wellington bagels and has great chopped liver)

Also, David Jones Food Hall in Westfield Bondi Junction has a reasonable Kosher grocery and kosher cold meat section.

If you need any more info on the Jewish stuff i could prob think of more places.

Cheers.

Jun 08, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney Food Itinerary

Have a look at my recs under "One day in Sydney" on this board. Agree with a lot of what everyones says below. i would definitely go to the fish markets (every day is great) to look and shop as it is awesome but would not have lunch there unless you do the fresh cooked prawns to take away. The cooked food is ordinary as are the places to sit and eat.
From your list, Rockpool is fantastic but still really expensive, even after the refurbishment and reduction in price. I thnk Longrain is a great Sydney eating experience (even though it is now in Melbourne as well) and lots of fun, but agree with kmh that can get pricey and limited in what you can try if only 2 of you.
Best yum cha...hmmm that's a hard one...i quite like East ocean or Zilver in Haymarket but both are a bit grotty. Both are quite good on a budget.

My favourite restaurant in Sydney is Sean's Panaroma on Bondi Beach (only open Thurs to Sat nights, Fri to Sun lunches) but it is also a little pricey these days. it is a very casual, crowded but comfortable restaurant with a brilliant local vibe. There are 3 things that rate for me as the some of the best dishes ANYWHERE (and that's a big statement). One is the "floured and fried crab with aioli" that is on most nights (although sometimes it is calamari or prawns), the 2nd is the best best hot chocolate pudding in the whole world (only on the menu in winter so you are lucky). You have never tasted a chocolate pudding till you have had this one. The texture is somewhere between a chiffon cake and a mousse, with a molten centre of dark dark chocolate....and the 3rd thing is the duck (or goose sometimes) liver pate with sweet and sour onions and pulled bread (not always on but can ask for it). Oh - and his bread is made in-house and it is brilliant. Obviously i am a big fan. They have 2 sittings 6.30 and 8.30 pm for dinner and you really need to book in advance. Lunch there overlooking Bondi is beautiful also. Can look at the website will also show prices www.seanspanaroma.com.au

Have fun!

Jun 08, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

good food & wine show '08?

Yep I'll be there. And excited that we just managed to get tickets to see Gordon Ramsay (the first round sold out in a few hours i think)...should be fun! Hope it's great.
Haven't been before. i hope it's not just a million products being advertised.

Jun 08, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Cortona dinner

Thanks, i thought as much. Now the search to find something better in the area!

Jun 08, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Lunch on the road from San Sisto to Rome

We are driving from San Sisto (Perugia) to Rome and would like to find somewhere unique to the area/interesting/delicious to stop on the way for lunch? Any ideas? Thanks

Jun 08, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Cortona dinner

We are staying for one night at the Il Falconiere with our 3 teenagers. Has anyone eaten there recently and would you recommend it? Is there anything nearby that is a little more casual and/or has better food? Thanks

Jun 08, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Bologna: One lunch and dinner

Thanks carmelita. We will keep Meloncello because i like its proximity to San Luca and it was actually Helen's blog that got me interested in the first place. are you saying Gigina is not worth going out of the way for? I have read such good things about it, Would we need to book at Mariposa or Tony?
thanks, appreciate your advice!

Jun 08, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Bologna: One lunch and dinner

We are travelling with 3 teenagers and pass through Bologna for one night. We have (almost) decided on lunch at Meloncello and dinner at Gigina in Bologna? i really like the sound of the food at both! Has anyone been there recently? Any better suggestions. Thanks

May 22, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Rome: Too little time, too many choices

Thanks maureen, i have also been reading your other blogs and lists....i really appreciate your comments. Will report back after the trip (July). Cheers.

May 19, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Rome: Too little time, too many choices

Thanks Jen kalb, i really appreciate the advice. Will certainly report back when we are done touring and eating!

May 19, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Rome: Too little time, too many choices

We (Aussie family of 6 with kids 11-17) have 2 days in Rome - 3 dinners, 2 lunches. After reading these boards for weeks as well as all the rec books, i am more confused than ever! Staying at the Russie and want to walk to dinner but doesn't have to be very close.
1 "more upmarket" dinner: Agata e Romeo OR Checchino OR Pierluigi?
2 other dinners: La Matricianella, Costanza, Armando, Da Sergio or La Carbonara.
Lunches: Piperno (for artichokes), Fiammetta (for E/P parm).

Any mistakes here?
Thanks so much!

May 18, 2008
hank64 in Italy

Boimeltort

I am trying to find a recipe for a Jewish/Polish-style cake known as "Boimeltort" (translated: oil cake). No idea how it is spelled! It is a type of sponge cake made in a tray with a dry cinnamon/sugar layer in the middle and maybe on the top. I thought maybe someone else out there has heard of it....

Apr 30, 2008
hank64 in Home Cooking

One day in Sydney?

OK, for 28 hours this is what i'd suggest. Start the day with the "Bondi to Bronte" walk then breakfast at any one of Sydney's very laid back cafes - Aqua Bar on Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach or Bills Darlinghurst (for Ricotta Hotcakes) or Sugar Cafe, Nelson St Bondi Junction.
Splurge for lunch at "Pier" but instead of main part of restaurant, book at the Tasting Room - it is in the front section and has a lovely long bar to sit at which is perfect if you are on your own. Great outlook over Rose Bay during the day. Best seafood in Sydney if not Australia. Very expensive but quite special. Could also do dinner here.

For dinner try Longrain (Martin Boetz, modern Thai). Great big share tables, perfect for lone diners. Delicious Thai food (betel leaf appetizer a specialty) and a famous Caprioska.
Or you could go to "Rockpool (fish)" which is a re-incarnation of Rockpool. The decor has changed as has the menu and the prices have come down a little. We have been twice since it re-opened in November and found it absolutely brilliant. Must-haves are the Goat cheese tortelline with prawn and brown butter, the crab omelette and any fish he does with a red curry or sambal.

Or you could go to "Flying Fish" Jones Bay Wharf - funky innovative seafood restaurant with a great vibe and beautiful water view. we went last night and had the degustation menu - it was really exciting food. we hadnt been for a while and really had a meal worth going back for. they also do brilliant whole crays and crabs (with fabulous sauces) as well as a sashimi bar. Many of our dishes last night were outstanding - a seared scallop with a black truffle wafer and cauliflower panna cotta was seriously delicious.

I cuold really go on and on...
Cheers.

Apr 11, 2008
hank64 in Australia/New Zealand

Mississippi Praline Macaroons

Thought they were delicious!

Apr 06, 2008
hank64 in Recipes