November 29th, 2008

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Grappa

A few months ago after Hellfire we rose late, and felt so flattened, that the furthest we could wander for a much needed meal was over the road. Luckily for us over the road is a really good restaurant called Grappa and returning there after a long absence was an unexpected delight. The food was better than ever, the menu prices hadn't risen and there were some good bargains to be found amongst the extensive wine list.



We decided to mostly stick to entrees as we felt like a light meal with lots of small things. This means we left the mains section of the menu totally unexplored - definitely a reason to return again soon. Service was geared towards aiding diners to share dishes like the great Grilled Half-Shell Queensland Scallops with Leek and Chilli ($26) which had me scraping the caramelised sauce off the shells.



The Sydney Rock Oysters with Red Wine Vinaigrette ($21/half dozen) were truly outstanding – they came from Port Stephens.



The Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio ($26) showed a deft hand with soy sauce; while the Pear, Fennel, Blood Orange, Walnut and Pecorino Toscano Salad ($17.50) showed innovation, imagination and it's something I’ll definitely try to reproduce at home!



We ended the meal with an entree serve of house made pasta - in this case an excellent Lobster Agnolotti with Leek and Nut Brown Butter ($24.50/entrée, $29.50/main)



Only some attention to detail in service and having to practically leave the restaurant for office block bathrooms stand in the way of this one rising back to the level of a hatted restaurant – but what’s a hat when you get great food in a vast and friendly restaurant geared towards large groups and celebratory dinners?

Grappa
Shop 1, 267-277 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Ph: (02) 9560 6090

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