With a name like Neutral Bay Bar & Diner, we were half-expecting an American-style diner - the ones with booth seating, loud jukebox music and Elvis posters on the wall... We were certainly surprised when we entered a posh Italian trattoria
The head waiter was helpful, efficient and attentive. After a good discussion with him on how to maximize the enjoyment of tonight, We decided to get a Tuesday's 'Tour of Italy' Set Menu and some al-carte dishes. This way we can sample their various signature dishes.
We adored this tempura-style zucchini flowers entree ($5 each). They were beautiful crunchy in waffer-light coating; and they were stuffed with a creamy mix of pecorino, buffalo mozzarella and ricotta on the inside.
It was gorgeously delicious from stem to flower. Easily the best I've tasted so far. We couldn't help it but asked for another serving.
We've also ordered the Seasonal Board Salad Special - Burrata & Heirloom Tomato ($19.00). We've never heard of Burrata and the experienced waiter explained to us that it's a fresh artisan Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream; and one of the most expensive mozzarella cheese one can buy.
If you love your mozzarella or ricotta - it is one fantastic salad dish. Look at the generous size they serve with the heirloom tomato salad.
The cheese was cured at the centre to give a rich soft stringy texture. The salad was refreshing and complemented well together.