I write for fun, enjoy sharing places that cater for food allergies and the like.
Published August 5th 2013
Where the food dances in your mouth
Walking through the streets of Sydney from Wynyard Station, just across from the Forbes pub and diagonally from Josephine's Chocolates sits this perfect restaurant, attached to but not a part of The Grace Hotel.
I would never have walked into a hotel restaurant, but I was hungry and the red checked table cloths at Vivaldi drew me in. It reminded me of a time in when sparrows few on my table to eat my food in Venice (sorry to name drop). Please note there were no sparrows at this restaurant.
I was greeted by Melissa, a lovely little French lady, asked her if there were gluten free options, told there was and sat down. She immediately brought me the wine list with a lot of Italian, French and Australian wines. I ordered the beautiful Coonawarra McWilliams Mount Pleasant Jack 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Quite a nice drop but not a good idea to have wine at lunch.
The Caprese salad sat on a beautiful slim rectangle dish, thick slices of fresh tomato, mozzarella and very fresh basil leaves and, to top it off, pitted kalamata olives. It was lovely, fresh and just what my palate needed after walking around the city for hours.
My gluten free Mexicana was on a made on the premises. It was a light base topped with gluten free peperoni, tomato, Spanish onion and mixed herbs. The cheese, of course, is the best mozzarella you can get and sang beautifully in my mouth. My husband shared my pizza, I allowed him a little bit of my salad and enjoyed his own chicken Caesar salad with fresh chicken, toasted bread with garlic butter rather than croutons and, according to him, just the right amount of dressing.
Have a fork
We were over fed and didn't order dessert, but gee I wish I could have fitted something in! I have to say, it was a pretty good meal for a 'chance' pop in. The great thing was that for what we had and the service we had, it was all pretty reasonably priced.
Our lunch was leisurely and long, Bar 77 is on the top floor opens on Friday nights from 4pm to 10pm, I believe that it is worth the visit. I'll let you know. Was it worth the effort, I hear you asků.yes, it really was. Would I recommend it? That's why I'm writing about it!