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Chester White Cured Diner

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Published December 28th 2017
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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.

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Our Meats $26 - comes with any two meats, pickled veggies, grapes on the vine, cheeses, olives & bread

This cosy, but somewhat small, little charcuterie bar is located on Orwell Street in Potts Point and they are famous for the black truffle pasta served out of a giant cheese wheel and cured meats.

Surely, this has got your attention.

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Cosy brunch and dinner venue

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!

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Chill! Sit back and enjoy the food

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Serving pasta out of a giant cheese wheel

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!

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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.

It arrived at the table in its strainer and the waitstaff whisked it together with egg, cheese, organic porcini mushroom, caramelised speck, egg yolk, pecorino & fusilli pasta. No cream was added all.

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The Carbonara $23 - Organic porcini mushroom, caramelised speck, egg yolk, pecorino & Fusilli pasta. Traditional Carbonara - "No Cream"

The beautiful crisp fatty speck was so good with the pasta and the flavour was rich and intense. In comparison, I preferred the truffle spaghetti over this one.

Unfortunately, Chester White Cured Diner do not have a dessert menu, so we had to seek something sweet after this fabulous savoury meal.

What a perfect secret venue to indulge in excellent food and wine? By the way, there are no reservations.
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Why? Cured meats and pasta served out of a giant cheese wheel
When: 5pm-11pm
Phone: (02) 9332 3692
Where: 3 Orwell St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Cost: approx $30 per person, drinks extra
Your Comment
Another excellent article with great photos. I loved the cheese wheel.
by May Cross (score: 3|5570) 759 days ago
Never seen anything like that cheese wheel before; thatís a real novelty.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12521) 759 days ago
I like the vintage style of the diner very nice!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 758 days ago
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