A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published September 10th 2016
A Showcase of Italian Sensations
In the heart of the quiet, waterside suburb of Kyle Bay sits a quaint, gourmet restaurant that always seems to be a hub of activity. With bricks and beams, it's rustic in appearance and has a menu to match the traditional Italian countryside that this reflects. Here's the low down on the diversity of delicacies you'll find at Peacock Trattoria.
Where dessert is heaven on a plate
Being Father's Day, they had a set menu for all on this particular Sunday, and I found this a good reflection of the extensive range of À la carte dishes normally on offer here. To kick off our adventure for the palette and celebrate the occasion we had the charismatic staff pop the Champagne. Once the bubbly ran dry we paired our courses with an Italian Pinot Grigio.
The usual list spoils you for choice
We were very pleased with the first item on the set. It was Peacock Trattoria's signature Duck Salad which we'd tried before on several occasions and loved every time. This was no different - we enjoyed this light and refreshing dish full of a variety of flavours, along with the bread of the day and some olives to tantalise the taste buds.
Signature duck salad
This dish, which is definitely one of the pride and joys of the Peacock chefs, has fresh witlof, watercrest, radicchio, and succulent pieces of confit duck. To contrast the delicious crisp saltiness of the duck are roasted hazelnuts and a sweet but tangy Vino Cotto dressing.
Starters done, it was onto entrees. With each course, the dishes became that little bit richer in flavour, and that little bit heavier so we had to try to not fill ourselves up too quickly despite how moreish this food was. Anyhow, this chapter of our lunching journey witnessed some finely cured seafood.
One of these dishes was the wood-roasted scallops served on their gorgeous shells that also contained a compote - broad beans, parmesan, mint and zesty lemon. The other was a barbecued octopus salad with strips of salami, that despite being small were saturated in savoury. This was on a bed of mashed chickpeas, roasted capsicum and olives.
Delicious warm octopus salad
While the last course gave us a lavish taster of the Italian coast, the main gave us a taste of the land. And while we grew closer to the full side, this tender slow-roasted cut of beef cheek was irresistible. I couldn't help but push the limits and finish every bit of this gourmet dish that included horseradish mash and honey carrots.
Tender & juicy beef cheek
Still, and it rings true every time, we found room for dessert in the bottomless pits that seemed to be our stomachs. No regrets at all as this was a Banana Semi Freddo with creamy chocolate mousse, caramel popcorn for texture and edible flowers for aesthetic and novelty. Did someone say heaven on a plate?
This set menu was a great sample of Peacock Trattoria's authentic range of dishes - a flavoursome summary of what to anticipate. If you get the chance, another highlight and signature dish that I'd recommend is the crab linguine. Visit for brunch, lunch, or dinner, Wednesday through Sunday, to eat your way through this list of fine italian food.