Soffritto – Newtown

July 16, 2011

Another post in the birthday that just never ends (or so Stud keeps saying). This one takes place on the weekend of my birthday.

Its hard to please people, hey, its hard to please me! But when you add 25 people in the mix for one dinner, its hard to please everyone. Thai? Indian? Italian? Decisions, decisions. In the end, its my damn birthday and I choose European! Its got a little bit of everything and the menu looked fab! So I made a reservation for Soffritto in Newtown and hoped for the best.

Because there was such a large group of people, the restaurant asked if it was ok if they bring out entrees to share (and everyone would get the equivalent of one entrée each, size-wise) and we could order a la carte for main and dessert. Hey, if its easier for them and we get our food in a timely manner, no problemo Mr Soffritto! Plus at $49 for a three course meal, you cant really go wrong and I will eat what I’m given!

So here goes, for entrees, we all shared a mixture of Truffled potato gnocchi and parmigianno, Tortellini filled with duck, balsamico & sage, Chicken liver pâté with watercress and toast, and Lemon and herb arancini filled with bocconcini.

Everyone loved the duck! In all honesty, I didn’t rate it. It was nice but there was a flavour in there I couldn’t pick and wasn’t too fond of (alcohol may or may not have confused my palate). I really liked the gnocchi although some thought it was too creamy. The arancini was amazing and a beautiful zesty inside was a great surprise (because who reads the menu to see it is actually lemon? Lol) and the pate was also really nice and I even got some non pate fans to give it a go – they liked it. My work here is done.

For main, I went with Roasted crisp skin Atlantic Salmon with winter veggies and a saffron broth. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the broth was tasty although I was a little perplexed that they didn’t give me a spoon? Broth + knife + fork = no broth for Studd.

Stud had Roast fillet of beef wrapped in pancetta with mushrooms and garlic spinach and really the only was to describe this dish would be heaven. Pure meaty, mushroomy, spinachy heaven. Perfectly cooked on the outside and almost braised as it just fell apart but the meat in the centre was medium rare and juicy. Oh, the food envy!

Rach ordered the Spinach and porcini rotolo with burnt butter and I had a little smidge. It was so delicious and a cheese lovers nirvana. It actually doesn’t mention cheese in description but it felt like I was biting in to a wheel of molton hot cheese. Drool!!

I had a little of Rai’s Pork and red wine ragú with gnocchetti sardi and it was delish. Perfectly cooked meat just pulled apart and with the bite of the pasta? Tres yum people!

The only dish I didn’t try was the Roasted, deboned spatchcock with chestnut stuffing & soft polenta but here’s a pic anyway. It looked delicious and there were good reviews.

For dessert I ordered Fried pedro ximenez and cinnamon ice cream parcel. Im normally a chocolate pud kinda gal but seeing as Stud ordered it, I went with the next best thing – fried ice-cream. It didn’t disappoint. The cinnamon was there but not too strong, the ice cream was slightly melted but not liquidy and the pastry was crisp and sweet. A perfect end to my meal.

Stud ordered the Warm chocolate pudding with strawberries and gelato. Once again, the green monster reared its ugly foodie head and I stole a couple of bites while Stud wasn’t looking. I may or may not have stolen other people dessert while they weren’t looking. But if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to here it, does it make a sound? It’s the same with dessert stealers. Get off my case!

I was so enthralled in our desserts that I actually didn’t see if anyone else ordered anything else but in case you’re wondering, also on the dessert menu is Tiramisú, Roast bosc pears stuffed with a chestnut, macaroon filling, and Lemon sorbet, chocolate sorbet or vanilla bean gelato.

The staff at Soffritto were great and very accommodating to such a large (and loud) group of hungry diners. The food was nothing short of stunning and a great night was had by all. Oh also, its BYO and the fee is $4 per bottle so most of us did that however the people who drank in house were happy with their booze also :)

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