Our second anniversary dinner happened on 5S (one of the shifts in the AltShift experiment) but I decided not to worry about compliance and enjoy dining in one of the restaurants I’ve been wanting to try for ages.
Our waiter had marked the gluten-free options on a menu in preparation for our arrival, and he was happy to answer all our questions and requests for suggestions. Dinner started with a glass of Prosecco and a single freshly shucked Hastings River oyster for me, while my non-drinking, non-oyster-lover husband sipped tap water.
Freshly shucked Hastings River oyster ($4)
Our chosen starter was burrata, pickled green tomato, basil. I had never tried burrata before and I could see what’s the fuss about. It was smooth and creamy, and matched perfectly with the tangy sweetness of the tomatoes, and the fresh basil.
Burrata, pickled green tomato, basil ($20)
The main was porchetta, cabbage, nduja, sugar plum, with leaf salad, walnut, zucchini, Pecorino and polenta fritti, rosemary as sides. Best porchetta and fried polenta ever. I tried to not eat too many polenta cubes; a difficult task because they were so crunchy and flavoursome. I make friends with salad, but this time the salad, although good, was not the highlight.
Porchetta, cabbage, nduja, sugar plum ($34)
Leaf salad, walnut, zucchini, Pecorino ($12)
Polenta fritti, rosemary ($12)
We had ordered less than what our waiter recommended with the intention of leaving room for dessert. I was eyeing the cheeses, but realised a glass of grappa would be enough. Alvaro ordered a scoop of roasted banana gelato and one of sheep milk yoghurt sorbetto, and while he was happy with both, he liked the sorbetto much better.
Roasted banana gelato, sheep milk yoghurt sorbetto ($4 each)
17-19 Alberta Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9264 6133