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Monday, 9 January 2012

Otto Ristorante, Woolloomooloo

Wow this post is actually quite late! I must apologise. I must also mention there are ALOT of pictures in this post...only because there were so many of us and thus there were alot of dishes to take pictures of =P. A group of my friends and myself decided to go out for a Christmas Dinner (so clearly this was a few weeks ago =P). We decided to go all out and go somewhere a bit fancier than our usual dinners out. And so, after careful research on Sydney's fine-dining scene, we decided on Otto Ristorante in Woolloomooloo. Woolloomooloo is another one of those areas of Sydney I could only dream of living in one day. Absolutely gorgeous. And oozes luxury and elegance. As we were dining, a boat pulled up, full of a people dressed in their beige and black, looking fabulously nonchalant, sipping their champagne, eventually sauntering off for a casual night of dining with friends. One day that will be me.....

Otto is located on the wharf on cowper wharf road, and it was just so nice sitting there munching on our appetisers with a slight breeze in the air as the sun set....our waiter was very helpful as we decided on appetisers (a hard task when there are 9 of you =P) and also wine selection.

Anyways, the food at Otto was so yummy! And looked absolutely amazing!! I think it was a fine choice for our xmas party, and had a great menu selection.

For starters we picked a few dishes and just doubled the order, and that was plenty...we also had some delicious fluffy bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping (forgot to take a photo =( ).

Hand Rolled Grissini Wrapped In San Danielle Prosciutto

Ravioli Of Finely Sliced Pickled Beetroot With Goat’S Curd, Pistachio And Horseradish

Peared Scallops With Carrot Puree, Potato, Soppressata With Pancetta, Muscatel And Eschallot Dressing

Pepper And Chilli Fried School Prawns With Squid Ink Aioli - These were so addictive! Like chips!! And the black squid ink aioli was intriguing..

This next starter, Yellow Fin Tuna With Marinated Mussles, Prawns, Salmone Roe, Crispy Salmon Skin, Lightly Smoked Eggplant Puree And Preserved Lemon Dressing, was probably my fav, it looks absolutely gorgeous!! So much detail and colour...and it tasted just as good! I didn't actually want to eat it cos it looked so pretty!! I had to put a close up too...


Ahh soooo pretty!!

We actually had a to wait a bit for our mains, lucky we had so many of us to keep each other company. We were probably the loudest group there (as per usual) but it was good fun =D. I found it so hard to pick a main! They all sounded so delicious, and then when they came out they all LOOKED even more delicious. I ended up choosing the pork, and I think I made the right decision! I've never had pig's ears or black sausage, and they both tasted so good! I was so surprised. And it was such a filling dish...so satisfying mmm =D.

Cone Bay Barramundi With Watercress And Pinenut Puree, Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes And Sauteed Mushrooms

Deep Fried Zucchini Flowers Stuffed With BaccalĂ , Served With A Panzanella Salad And White Anchovies

Duck Breast Served With Nectarine, Pomegranate And Almond Salad

Porcini Brioche, Bresaola And Parmesan Crusted Eye Fillet Of Angus Reserve Beef With Spinach Puree, King Brown Mushrooms And Potato Tuille - I love the idea of the tuille, it looks like a delicate piece of fibreglass or something...

White Pyrenees Lamb Backstrap With Caponata, Fregola And Binnorie Fetta

Pork Tenderloin Wrapped In Pancetta With Parsnip Puree, Black Pudding, Crispy Pig’S Ears And Apple, Prune And Walnut Salsa - So so so so yummy!!

We waited a while to order dessert because our mains filled us up quite well. And again, dessert was a breathtaking affair! They all looked incredible... my eyes were drawn to the chocolate mousse (typically), and then I thought, since I mixed it up with the mains choosing something I normally wouldn't, I thought I might as well do the same for dessert! So I chose the Marsala and Muscovado Semifreddo, and I swear I died and went to heaven. So glad I picked it! It tasted so good...I ate it slowly (well, slower than usual - I was the last to finish my main, again =P) so I could savour every last bit of it...

Dark Chocolate And Hazelnut Mousse With Cocoa Nib Tuille, White Chocolate And Raspberry Aero, Hazelnut Oil Gelato

Passionfruit Brulee With Shaved Pineapple, Mango, Passionfruit And Coconut Sorbet

Roasted Peaches, Balsamic Icecream, Meringue, Peach Mousse, Roasted Almonds And Baby Basil

Marsala And Muscovado Semifreddo With Poached Rhubarb, Strawberry,
Brick Tuille And Strawberry Black Pepper Sorbet - Again, incredibly delicious...

It was such a nice night out =D.
It's so nice to catch up with friends you haven't seen for a while, over a gorgeous dinner in an equally gorgeous location....we ended up going to back to my place to chill for a bit, which is always the best way to end a night, talking into the early hours of the morning =D.


Otto Ristorante

Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo 2011
Ph:  9368 7488
http://www.ottoristorante.com.au

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=D xx

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