A marketing coordinator that enjoys reviewing in her spare time. Living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney - on the brink of something fabulous!
Published August 21st 2011
Limoncello Restaurant offers a nice meal in a pretty setting without being overly expensive or pretentious.
The menu has a strong focus on seafood, but those who aren't fond of it can definitely find something substantial to order from the other choices, which include; pasta, pizza, calzone, veal, lamb and duck.
The restaurant is light and airy with a bright feel to it, generated from the colour scheme of yellow and green. We sat in the outdoor section, at the back of the restaurant, which is still entirely enclosed and really lovely. The colours are carried throughout both areas and the chairs are of a yellow/green colour and match the cloth serviettes.
Limoncello has a touch of flair, offering free shots of their signature drink, limoncello, after the meal. It is also child-friendly, with a dedicated kids' menu featuring spaghetti alla bolognese and penne al pomodoro.
I ordered the capesante con trio di caviali: seared scallops served on a bed of cauliflower puree and a trio of caviar to start. The scallops were served warm and the taste of cauliflower was quite mild. This allowed for the salty flavour of the three types of caviar to really come through as they gave a lovely popping sensation and complemented the soft scallops.
This was followed by one of their daily specials, a piece of salmon prepared with salt and peppercorns and served with a prawn salad. When the dish arrived it wasn't entirely what I expected as I thought the prawn salad would include whole prawns and perhaps a vinaigrette. Instead it was more a mashed version - think egg salad. I found the salt and pepper to be a little strong in the salad, whilst any other flavour was slightly lacking. The salmon was well cooked but had to be eaten delicately due to the amount of little bones.
Limoncello is good for a smart-casual meal - nothing over the top but definitely not slumming it (it is Double Bay after all!) Open for lunch and dinner, but closed on Mondays, prices range from $25-35 for a main course.