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Published April 13th 2016
A Great Italian 'One Chef Hat' Restaurant By the Wharf
Otto Ristorante is a posh venue and it is easy to see why. It is located at Cowper Wharf and has a nice view of the CBD skyline. It also boasts an incredible water view overlooking Woolloomooloo marina. We were here for lunch to celebrate a special occasion.

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A spectacular restaurant with gorgeous water view setting, delicious food and friendly professional service


The weather was beautiful with warm sun, so we decided to sit outside, with the marina view just right in front of us. There were plenty of natural lighting. I just love the sight of crisp-white table clothes. The ambiance was certainly relaxing and chilled.



We browsed the menu with enthusiasm and we were certainly pleased not only with the standard selections but also the specials that were kindly dictated to us by our waitress. After 'accidentally' seeing the delicious dishes the table next to us ordered, I was pretty excited about this dining experience.

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A picturesque setting


The menu showed a strong emphasis on their Italian heritage and fresh seasonal produce. There were so many mouthwatering options available, it was a hard challenge to narrow down our selections.

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The perfect place to for a long lunch.


After some deliberation both my friend and I decided to go a la carte instead of the degustation, as we wanted more variety from our dishes.

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Capesante Limoncello $30 (Raw scallops, lemon, chilli, finger lime)


The first dish to arrive at the table was the Capesante Limoncello and from an aesthetics perspective the translucent scallops got my attention immediately! It was a stunning beautiful dish to look at.

The raw scallops were ultra fresh and super tender which almost melted in my mouth. They were delicately dressed with lemon, chilli flakes and exotic finger lime. The zing from the finger lime worked extremely well with these scallops.This dish was like Christmas in my mouth!

It was such a light and refreshing dish to enjoy with a glass of wine on a warm, sunny day.

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Vitello Tonnato $30.00 (Poached veal girello, pepper seared tuna, smoked tuna aioli, fried capers)


Our second dish to arrive was the Vitello Tonnato. It was a lovely entree dish of poached veal served together with pepper seared tuna. The presentation was elegant and it looked very appetizing.

The tuna medallions were seared perfectly and they complemented the tender poached veal girello really well. The unique smoked tuna aioli was very refreshing on the palette.

This dish reflected the chef's fine selection of fresh top-notch ingredients, a reasonably degree of culinary thought and effort to produce a beautiful dining experience for its customers.

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Capesante $30.00 (Seared scallops, roasted Jerusalem artichoke purée, black pudding, farro)


Next was the Capesante which was a lovely seared scallops entree dish.

The three large scallops were lightly seared on the outside with a light crust and moist tender on the inside. They were placed on a bed of black pudding gravel with roasted farro.

This dish was all about the little contrasts which combine to provide a lovely sensory dining experience. A roasted Jerusalem artichoke purée was served to enhance the taste of the scallops, while the crunch of the farro contrasted to the scallop's smooth texture. The combination of flavours was wonderful.

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Carpaccio di Manzo $29.00 (Grainge Angus Beef Carpaccio, Truffle dressing, aioli, capers, Parmesan, baby rocket)


The Carpaccio di Manzo was another dish that I tried and fell in love with. It was an Angus Beef dish served in carpaccio style.

It came out looking appetising with all the capers, parmesan cheese and baby rocket scattered around. It was dressed seductively with ample truffle aioli to really enhance our senses.

One taste and I was instantly addicted to this Grainge Angus Beef Carpaccio! The thinly sliced marinated beef slices literally melted in the mouth and the taste was so delicate and velvety.

It was an expertly prepared dish. To most people, it may seemed like a simple meat dish but it requires experienced knife skills to thinly slice the grainge Angus beef close to transparency.

Each mouthful was a beautiful sensational tasting experience. An entrée worth ordering.

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Sformatino $35.00 (Twice baked truffle and pecorino soufflé, hazelnuts, mushrooms)


We also ordered a Sformatino, an Italian dish similar to a soufflé, but not as airy. This particular savory souffle was twice baked with truffle and pecorino cheese.

It was an impressive little sculpture on a large plate and it delivered surprisingly intense flavour and a creamy texture. It was served with hazelnuts and mushrooms and that added a nice balance to the rich dish.

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Chef's Special Pasta - House made pasta with veal ragu


For our main course, my friend preferred a pasta dish with a richer taste, so she selected the house-made pasta, slow-cooked in the traditional Italian veal ragu.

It was presented well and looked mouth watering. The veal ragu had a moreish flavour and the pasta was cooked to al dente making it a thoroughly enjoyable hearty dish.

We were feeling quite full by the time we had half of the plate but we couldn't stop eating!

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Spaghettini alla Chitarra $29 (E) (Long thin pasta, Blue Swimmer crab meat, salmon roe, bottarga)


There was nothing ordinary about my Spaghettini; it was the combination of the ingredients that grabbed focus in this dish. Generous blue swimmer crab meat, salmon roe and bottarga worked well together to create this sensational pasta.

I gazed out onto the water as I savored every bite until a very clean empty plate stared back at me signaling an end to our main meal.

Of course, this feast would not be complete without some sweetness at the end, would it?

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Dolci: Cassata $19.00 (Buffalo ricotta cake, orange Grand Marnier custard, almond and cocoa nib tuille, marzipan ice cream)


First up was the Cassata cake served with Grand Marnier custard and cocoa nib tuille. I have to say that I was blown away at the stunning presentation and how delectable this dessert was!

The Buffalo ricotta cake artfully decorated with crunchy cocoa nib tuilles which I immensely enjoyed. The orange Grand Marnier custard added a subtle alcoholic sweetness in the cake, and coolness brought about by the marzipan ice cream complemented the cake beautifully.

It was a scrumptious dessert dish.

Of course, the surprise was with the Panna Cotta.

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Panna Cotta $18.00 (Coconut panna cotta, crumble, coconut ice cream)


The coconut panna cotta was a mix of everything. It was light and velvety with a nutty taste from the layers of crumble which further enhanced the flavour and texture. It was also topped with coconut ice cream; the sweet taste went well with the panda cotta.

So we finally came to the end of our long lunch. Good friends, incredible food and an outstanding ambiance, I couldn't ask for much more than that. Overall it was truly an enjoyable lunch.

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Life is Beautiful!


Otto Ristorante is an one-chef hat restaurant and the price range slightly on the high side but this is the place to be if you are looking for a gourmet quality meal worthy of celebration.
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Why? It a one chef hat restaurant with waterview
When: 12pm to 11pm
Phone: A Great Italian 'One Chef Hat' Restaurant By the Wharf
Where: Shop 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW
Cost: $50 - $100/pp
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Yumm, love it there, food is so good!
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