I'm a postgraduate student living in the inner west cities of Sydney, with a passion for food, music and travel.
Published August 23rd 2012
Sometimes the trek to the Sydney CBD may be quite daunting, but don't let that spoil a good dining experience. In the Sydney's West, Candelori's Ristorante & Bar offers a premier dining experience of Authentic Italian cuisine.
The restaurant is a local gem, so unless you're in the area, it is difficult to know.
The menu boasts an array of gourmet Italian favourites, from pastas, risottos to wood fired pizzas. If you want to try different dishes like me, then the wide array of entrées will be the way to go.
Many people think fine dining as being "small in quantity", but Candelori's renders this untrue. The proportions are large in size so it will satisfy those with a large appetite, as well as those seeking good quality for food. . A tick for both quantity and quality.
Looking around, I noticed that the bruschetta was a commonly ordered dish. It seemed like a safe choice and it was flavoursome.
The meals are satisfying but you can't go without a beverage on the side. My friends told me that the "limoncello bliss" was one of their popular cocktails. It is very similar to a daiquiri and has a strong lemon taste, so may not be suited to everyone's taste buds. Also, the liqueur in the drink may not be for the faint-hearted drinker. However, limoncello does have the effect of helping cleanse the tongue before dessert time. The restaurant may serve on request the limoncello as a shot after dinner.
The presentation of the desserts is as nice as the dessert itself. It is great if shared between friends or family after dinner, since the mains would have been quite filling.
Unlike many high-class dining locations, the ambience in the place is very comforting and you wouldn't feel restrained to speak loud. Usually by 8pm, the venue is packed with diners laughing and enjoying their time. It is best to make a reservation prior, especially on weekend nights as it does become quite packed.
You don't need to worry that you're talking too loud because your neighbour is probably even louder. The venue can be great for large crowds or even a simple romantic dinner with your partner.
The staff are very attentive, but not to the stage that you find it distracting. You may be talking happily away and next thing you know, your glass has been filled. Now that is what I call service. The staff was very friendly and even made a few jokes with us on the table, which adds more to the ambience.
The restaurant has its own personal parking space for patrons and many side street parking close by. While the restaurant does not have a glamorous entrance compared to city restaurants, the interior design has an Italian layout that makes you forget that you're in the Sydney West.
Now we don't need to travel to the city with all the traffic for such a great dining experience.