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Restaurant Leo

Restaurant Leo

Restaurant Leo is a modern Italian restaurant where sophisticated cooking meets accessible food. Bean soup with mussels is a hearty low brow dish that’s delicate and delicious, similar to the sand whiting, so fine and precious and hearty at the same time.

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Cuttlefish risotto was a standout along with the cauliflower gratin, made boujee with the addition of truffle. It’s delicious and I can see this dish, along with the lobster maccheroncini , becoming a standout dishs in Sydney in 2020. Hazelnut ice cream with truffle and truffle jam has got me going bonkers and dish worth rushing in for before the end of truffle season. Saltimbocca is good, rich in flavour and adding a little fresh or zing in there somewhere would get me ordering this again.

Excellent wines available,  have a chat to Fabio to help find exactly what you’re after, we had a Gee Albana, a rich tannic orange wine, with sea spray vibe that rocked with seafood.

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Restaurant Leo serves delicious Italian food that’s more accessible than Frederick Zanellsto’s other restaurant, Lumi Dining, with much of the finesse you find at Lumi Dining.  And now you don’t have to order a degustation to to get some of his awesome truffle pasta.

 

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Pasta Wafu

With such tasty noodles available in town Pasta Wafu opening adds excitement to the Sydney dining scene. But alas, they played this a little safe and this good bowl of pasta is not as exciting as expected.

Jap Spag Bol from Cho Cho San, with its firm chewy udon, spicy pork mince , spring onion and cream sauce is a go to dish in Sydney. The XO Pipi Hand Rolled Udon of the former Paper Bird  was another phenomenal noodle dish. Mr Wong always has at least two noodle options available that are bound to be awesome.

With Marco Polo taking noodles from China to Italy, the combo of pasta with Asian flavours is an exciting  idea and not too much of a stretch for a palate to comprehend.

Miso Fettuccini with shiso & nori took my fancy, with added parmesan ( $2 ) and bacon ( $4 ). The flavour is good and the thick cut chewy bacon adds much to this dish. Where i was let down was the soft pasta. So many Sydney restos now serve firm chewy al dente pasta, it is hard to go back to old school Australian style, soft, well done pasta.

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Kirby Craig, Ume Burger, has hit so many home runs with his Jap inspired burgers I was pretty excited to go to Pasta Wafu. There are five bowls available with six add ons. A bowl is $14, $20 with the bacon and cheese I got. You could easily get to $24 for noodles in a paper bowl.

Some dancing bonito flakes or fish roe would have enticed me more. I know these options are far from popular but an exciting element would charge the menu for me.

With firmer pasta this joint will easily go from a 6.5/10 to an 8/10 . I’ll return, check some more dishes and hopefully i’ll need to update this review. 

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Pasta Wafu is a collaboration between Kirby Craig ( Ume Burger ), Hamish Ingham & Rebecca Lines ( Banksii ).

Pasta Wafu, ground floor, The Exchange, Darling Square, Haymarket, NSW, 2000. Open seven days, 11.30am–9pm.Here

Pasta Wafu

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