I landed at this slickly fitted out new Crown Street entry straight on the back of a trip to Orange, where Union Bank Wine Bar’s duck and porcini lasagne had me enthralled.
So I was understandably hesitant to try this spot’s version of the same dish, Lasagna D’Anatra ($28), lest it fail to reach those lofty heights.
So I ordered the Gnocchi Di Patate ($23) decked out with a light tomato sugo, bocconcini and torn basil leaves, and have regretted it ever since. What I’m trying to say - beyond order the lasagne - is that despite the single page placemat menu, ordering here requires bargaining. There are many things you’ll want to eat.
The Bianca Neve Pizza ($26) is a case in point. It involves three cheeses - mozzarella, Gorgonzola and goat’s curd - plus porcini cream; clearly a must-have. To eat it though, you’ll have to forgo Alessandro Vinci’s “ode to Sicily” (his homeland) - Involtini de Pesce Scada ($28) (charred swordfish rolls).
Console yourself with a generous salad entrée, Prosciutto Ed Asparaggi ($18), boasting grilled asparagus, white anchovies and crisp prosciutto, bound together by a poached egg.
It’ll leave precisely enough room for chef’s decadently modern Chocolate and Orange Mousse Cake ($14) – now that I consider a win!
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9332 4974