Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Otto Ristorante, Woolloomooloo

What's great about dining in Sydney is that you can easily find a place with waterview! This time we went to Otto Ristorante at the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf. Chef has organised for us the entree and dessert. All we have to choose is the main. Even though everything on the menu seems very nice... struggling to pick which one shall I go for? 
 Olives and Bread Sticks
We start off with some complimentary bread, bread sticks and olives. We are sharing our entree or Primi and every dish seems it is in a very large portion! :O 
 Carpaccio Di Manzo
The beef carpaccio, raw and thinly sliced, with the capers and parmesan. It is so smooth that it just slips down my throat. The parmesan and capers helps to bring out the full favour of the beef. 
 Crudo Di Tonno Con Granchio e Melanzne e Rucola
Another carpaccio dish that we have is the raw tuna with smoked eggplant puree, crab meat and apple. This is different to the beef one and I prefer the beef over tuna. 
Fiori Di Zucchina Al Baccala Con Asparagi e Pomodorini
I really love zucchini flowers. It was deep fried and stuffed with baccala, salt cod. The cherry tomatoes is fresh and juicy and I cant stop myself picking them to eat. The asparagus is young and crunchy. 
Capesante Con Purea Di Sedano Rapa e Zafferano
The presentation of the scallop is very nice. You can taste the freshness of the scallop as well. 
 Today's Special: Pork Ribs
Here comes our main, I have chosen the today's special, pork ribs. Interesting to find that pork can be cooked to medium. I always thought that pork has to be cooked well done? However, I cannot get my mind set to medium so I have requested to cook mine to well done. It turns out to be as lovely as the medium cook one. The cracking was very nice! 
Lingua Di Manzo Con Peperoni Marinati e Crostini All'aglio
Wagyu beef tongue was my choice before I am aware of the today's special. (The photo taken is not as good.) The tongue is really tender and it just melted in your mouth.
Strozzapreti Al Gamberi
Today's Special: Grilled Snapper
Risotto Agli Spinaci Con Burrata
Other mains which we have ordered are strozzapreti artisan pasta with yamba prawns, garlic, chili and black olives with tomato and calamari sauce, grilled whole snapper and spinach risotto. 
Semifreddo Al Balsamico Sorbetto Alle Fragole Pepe Nero
We cant complete our meal without tasting Chef's desserts. He has organised for us a fair few of the dishes to share among us. 
Mousse Di Carprino Con Fichi e Capperi
Never thought of goat cheese can be a dessert. I normally would have goat cheese in savory dishes. This time in dessert, very interesting!
 Panna Cotta Con Frutti Di Bosco e Sciroppo Di Ribes
Can you imagine having panna cotta on a plate instead of a cup? This is a very creative.
 Brule Di Allo Zafferano Con Sorbetto Alle Arancie Rosse
The saffron brulee with grapefruit sorbet is too pretty to dig in.
 Stravaganza Di Cioccolate
It is our friend Cameraman's belated birthday. Chef has organised this surprise for him. It is a chocolate tasting plate. In particular, I like the hazelnut mocha brulee with its rich favour.

We have eaten this meal from bright daylight till dark at night and enjoying a bit of sea breeze. We are dreaming whether one day we can dock our boat at the jetty there?

Otto Ristorante
8/6 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW
(02) 9368 7488

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