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Published December 28th 2017
Eating is Happiness
Whenever I see the word 'Diner', it invokes the images of American hamburgers, milkshakes and juke boxes, but Chester White Cured Diner is taking it to a completely different level - a more gourmet and upscale Italian version with a modern Australian twist.
Our Meats $26 - comes with any two meats, pickled veggies, grapes on the vine, cheeses, olives & bread
Th diner has a vintage interior with high seats and a well-stocked bar counter. The menu selections are very limited, however, it works in this tiny diner because people seem to know exactly what they wanted.
We first ordered an antipasto platter and the board was crammed with pickled veggies, grapes on the vine, cheeses, olives & bread and our selections of Italian preserved prosciutto and truffle salami. It was a pretty impressive plate. All the ingredients were fresh and aromatic. My friends loved the exotic truffle salami and delicious house-made pickles. It was an indulgent start to the meal!
It was a warm day and after a few drinks, we decided to order almost everything on the menu. Should we worry about excessive food? You will not have that problem. The food here tastes delicious and the serving size is tiny.
Ocean Trout Salad $18 - 'Hot Smoked' ocean trout with red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, mint, zucchini, bulgar, pickled raisins and salsa verde.
First, we thought it was sensible to order a salad because the mere sight of some 'healthy green leaves' may perhaps act as a deterrent to our indulgence eating and drinking later on. That strategy didn't work. The smoked ocean trout salad was so delicious with red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, mint, zucchini, bulgar, pickled raisins and salsa verde - we polished the plate clean.
Cauliflower $15 - Roasted Cauliflower, Parmesan crust, pickled grapes, red onion and sage butter.
Next was the roasted cauliflower covered with parmesan cheese, red onion and sage butter. The pickled grapes added some acidity to this rich dish. Butter really does make any bland vegetable taste great!
Ricotta Gnocchi $20 - Hand Rolled Ricotta Gnocchi, made in house with basil and Hazelnut Pesto sauce.
I absolutely adored the hand-rolled ricotta gnocchi, served with house-made basil and hazelnut pesto sauce. They were insanely delicious, but the portion size was super small - it was almost like a small tapas. I must say we were all addicted after the first bite - the gnocchi melted in my mouth and the flavour of the pesto was incredibly fresh that we all had to fight for a second bite! I think I could have eaten two plates all by myself!
Organic Lamb Shoulder $21 - 6 hour slow cooked, baby potatoes & smoked paprika. A favourite of our locals.
We also ordered the organic lamb shoulder and it was another winner. The slow cooked lamb was tender and well seasoned. The paprika added smoky goodness to the meat. The classic roasted baby potatoes were perfectly cooked and seasoned. This can by my Sunday roast any day.
Now, moving into the Chester White's main theatrical hit - the Truffled Cacio e Pepe. We were all excited when a staff approached our table with a giant cheese wheel. Seriously, there is no grander entrance than see your pasta served out of a giant Pecorino cheese wheel!
Truffled Cacio e Pepe $23 - Spaghetti, salt and pepper, parsley, black truffles, served out of a Sardinian truffled Pecorino cheese wheel. Age old Italian dish
The staff mixed the al dente spaghetti with black truffle, parsley, salt & pepper inside the heated sardinian truffled pecorino cheese wheel. During the process of mixing, the spaghetti scraped off more of the truffle cheese and further enhanced the glorious truffle flavour and aroma. It's really a novelty food presentation that will gain a lot of fans.
It tasted utterly divine, I loved every bite and I would come back for it again. I am making this a must-eat in Sydney.
You thought that was enough food drama for the day? No meal is complete without Chester White's Act II - the deconstructed carbonara.