It’s a family tradition that we celebrate our birthdays somewhere ‘fancy’ (meaning excellent food & sophisticated) and often with water views for a Sunday lunch. Otto Ristorante fits that measure perfectly.
I’ve dinned at Otto a few times now for both lunch & dinner and I have to say it’s one of my favourite modern Italian restaurants in Sydney.
This time we visited Otto Ristorante to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday.
Located on the historical Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, Otto Ristorante has stunning harbourside views (when dining alfresco), a relaxed ambience, intimate style, fantastic service and modern Italian cuisine – what more could you want!
The menu is very modern – it reinvents traditional Italian flavours into visually stylish masterpieces. For example my entree was Ravioli di Barbabietola (Ravioli of finely sliced pickled beetroot, goat’s curd, pistachio, horseradish) $29. Ravioli (classic Italian style pasta) filled here with authentic Italian flavours such as goat’s curd & pistachio yet executed so artistically.
Another entree recommendation (I tried sister-in-law’s) is the Gnocchi (potato gnocchi, braised wagyu brisket, salsa verde) $30. Delicious is all I can say!
My main meal Guancia di Manzo (Slowly braised beef cheek in Marsala, roasted Jerusalem artichoke puree, grape salsa) $41 – not so visually appealing but the taste was amazing! The beef cheek melted in my mouth and was smack bang on flavour. The addition of the artichoke puree and grape salsa married perfectly.
Other mains we sampled and devoured;
Puncia di Maiale (Twice-cooked Berkshire pork belly, parsnip puree, roasted heirloom carrots, pickled onion, garlic crumble) $41.
Stinco D’Agnello (Braised lamb shank, white polenta, roasted cauliflower, cavolo nero, chickpeas) $39.
The desserts were equally fantastic mastering flavour combinations and texture. We shared;
* Brulee (“Nutella” brulee, hazelnut ice cream, white chocolate crumble, praline, popping candy) $20.
* Cassata (Buffalo ricotta cake, orange Grand Marnier custard, almond & cocoa nib tuille, marzipan ice cream) $19.
The perfect way to end a lovely Sunday lunch is with a great coffee and Otto didn’t disappoint – it was strong and nutty and just the way I like it! They also served us with complimentary petit fours which are always a delightful surprise – I just wish I had more room to fit them in!
Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road
02 9368 7488
MON- SUN 12pm to 10:30pm