Time to Vino – Darlinghurst

October 28, 2011

It’s been a while since our last girl’s night and this time, we wanted to go big. Stud was out for the night so the girls and I decided a night out in Kings Cross was the way to go. Upon searching, I came across Time to Vino and thought the name suited us perfectly so booked immediately.

Time to Vino is on the corner but the entrance is via Pennys lane and upon entry, is a very warm and inviting place. It’s actually really perfect for a date. The lighting is very soft and romantic and with their “Waiting for friends” menu (another way of stating Entrée or snacks), it would be perfect to get a few dishes and share.

I arrived a little late with a few of the girls but the rest of our party were there and already enjoying some Vino which they all really liked. The staff were really friendly and went through everything with us and promptly took our orders.

I decided to go with the Braised Lamb Shoulder Ragu, Swiss Browns, Roast Parsnip & White Polenta as did quite a few of the other girls and it wasn’t long before our mains were brought out. I really can’t speak any higher of the service. I’m sure we were the loudest table in the place but the staff were very warm and attentive.

My polenta cooking skills are pretty woeful so I usually try and order it if it’s on the menu. This polenta, was the best I have ever tasted. Much lighted in colour than the one I used at home and so creamy and delicious, I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m actually going to email the restaurant to ask them their secrets (fingers crossed!) to try and replicate it at home.

The other girls ordered Pan Fried Snapper, Seared Sea Scallops with Buttered Savoy Cabbage, Shellfish Bisque,

Ricotta Gnocchi, Roast Kalamata Olives, Zucchini, Sage & Tomato Sugo,

10 Hour Roast Rump Steak, Crispy Dutch Crème Potatoes & Merchant Sauce

and the “Bangers and Mash” which was on the specials board. (sincerest apologies for most of these photos – there was losts of booze lol)

I had a taste of the sausage and mash and the beautiful pork flavour was really tasty and the mash was silky smooth.

For dessert, I decided to order a Raspberry Macaroon with Vanilla Butter Cream, Raspberry Jam as I had discovered that Debs hadn’t had one before. I decided to buy one for her and one for myself so I could be part of taking her macaron cherry ;) or Raspberry in this case!

The only other dessert ordered was the Affogato with Hazelnut Biscotti, Espresso & Pedro Ximenez for the coffee drinkers of the bunch.

I have to say, the macaron was not only a let down, but it made me slightly sad. It was larger than normal which was good but it tasted almost cake like, was way too sweet, too soft and really just all around wrong. I was sad that Debs’ first macaron experience was such a fail. I can eat rich desserts and more than likely finish them but even this macaron was too sweet for me. It was a real disappointment but I wasn’t going to let it ruin my experience. I loved the main, the décor, the staff and even the early-mid 90’s music that was playing in the background – just don’t order the macaron ;)

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