Grappa - Shop 1/267-277 Norton Street Leichhardt (parking underneath)
Booking for 7pm - running sligtly late, our friends were already there seated & browsing the menu. Handed the waitress a bottle of the Lakesfolly Cab '97 to decant, & a bottle of the L Folly chardy '00 to open.
Menus were traditional Italian with a heavy seafood influence.
Garlic prawns - without a doubt the best garlic prawns ever
3 cheese gnocci - succulent homemade gnocci that melted in your mouth, fantastic texture & delecate flavours from the cheese sauce (not over kill like some places)
fried calamri with chilli & salt - flavoursome morsels, lightly coated and panfried with chilli & roma tomatoes (this was mine & absolutly devine)
veal rissoto - nothing special, i felt a little over cooked
Baked Ribeye with potato gratin - ordered medium, cooked medium-well, very enjoyable & therefore not sent back
Mixed seafood grill - scampi, calamari, prawns, octapus, fish fillets, etc.. lovely fresh seafood infused with that chargrill flavour, topped with EVO Oil & lemon.
Lamb cutlets seaved on truss tomatoes - tender meat cooked to perfection, rare-medium, melt in your mouth texture
Grilled wild barramundi with olive tampenade - slightly overcooked, interesting combination with the tampenade which bought the flavour out in the fish
chocolate creme brulee - nothing special, however served with a white chocolate mousse which was fantastic, light delicate & flavoursome. This should have been on the menu as an option & not an accompaniment to the brulee!!
homemade butterscotch semifreddo - very tasty,
Cheese plater - gorganzola (to die for), talegio (not a fan), parmigiano reggiano (the best & only true parmesan) & peccorino toscano. these were served with poppy seed lavosh & muscatels.
to finish we had a lemonato which is a traditional Italian liquere made from lemons. WOW.. palate cleanser- yes, refreshing - sort of, rocket fuel - definitely. (In hindsight... i really did not need this!!!)
Overall great night, food was excellent, service was promt & friendly, prices were $20 entrees, $32-38 mains, $18 for dessert & $26 for cheese plate. Wines were great - love the Lakes Folly!... the 97' cab was mute on opening but after decanting for 1 hr (whilst we finished the 00' L Folly chardy & then the 02' footbolt shiraz) it began to open. Clear red colour, on the nose berry, with slight leathery & earthy tones in background. A lovely lighter style wine with good structure & length, fruit evident however giving way to additional aged characters, very close to drinking window.
ex-koose any spelling or grammer, typing this whilst procrastinating from doing my assignment.