Monday, November 14, 2011
The Darling, Pyrmont
Sokyo. We visited Sokyo restaurant twice. Fabulous bar right off the reception foyer. Amazing decor. Trendy vibe.
Osteria Balla. Stefano Manfredi's latest venture was disappointing to say the least.
The food was overall disappointing. To start I ordered the Quaglie e cipolle all'aceto di Barbera
(wood-grilled quails, onions, Barbera vinegar) as did Hal. Not bad, tender, but a bit bland and pale. I then ordered the lamb, Spalla d'agnello al pangrattato (wood-grilled lamb shoulder, herbs, breadcrumbs), as did my son, and that's what we got. Lovely barbeque flavour, cooked perfectly and very tender, but dry. A little Aoli wouldn't have gone astray. Hal ordered Maccheroncini, gamberi di fiume e sesamo (maccheroncini, butter, parmesan, yabbies, sesame) which was apparently 'not bad'. We did order Patate al forno (roast rosemary potatoes) - of course, and though delicious, it was a tiny serve. We really should have been advised to order greens of some kind.
Wouldn't rush back.
Black by Ezard. The restaurant is on the same level as Balla, separated by the huge three level atrium entrance for the Casino. Very cool, dark interior, but a lovely buzz as soon as you enter. You feel like you are in good hands.
The Blue Eye special with a Quinoa and coconut sauce poured over at the table - delicious.