Since I read the excellent reviews of this licensed cafe on Oxford Street I’ve been wanting to try it. But then a number of things delayed our visit, including the fact that the place looked a bit dodgy from outside (like old and not too clean) and that we’ve had some bad experiences with supposedly good places in the area.
Alvaro and I spent some hours in the city on Saturday, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. It was before 1 pm and the place was almost empty. The waitress gave us the breakfast and lunch menus and left us to decide while checking with the kitchen which were the day’s specials.
When she came back with the info we had already made up our minds. Alvaro ordered the veal lasagne with tomato sauce and I the pappardelle with ox cheek ragu.
The dishes arrived at the same time (I’d like to see if they do so when they’re busy, I’d say yes according to the good service we had that day). The servings were generous and well plated. Alvaro’s lasagne came with a side of dressed salad leaves, which he shared with me. It was tasty, although I felt the tomato sauce a bit too sweet and lacking garlic punch.
My dish was good, the pappardelle tasted fresh and was well cooked (although there were a couple that had stuck together), the ragu was very well prepared and the meat super tender, but lacked a lot of salt. I thought the shaved cheese on top (Pecorino, I think) would be enough but I had to add some good pinches of the salt that was available on the table. Even so I liked it, and I think both dishes were fantastic value for the money ($15 for the lasagne and $19 for the pappardelle).
There were some tarts on the front display and we were very tempted to have dessert (although we were already satisfied) but decided to continue with our stuff and make another pit stop a bit later for a sweet treat.
31 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2000
(02) 9267 8434