May 15, 2013

Bucci | New Farm

gotta love the miniature saucepan that it comes in!
Baked Ricotta with figs & honey
My Main! Delicious!
Italian Doughnuts 

Came here for my friends birthday on May 2!

The photos are pretty sketchy and grainy due to the low lighting! Sorry! But don't let the grainy quality of the photos deter you! The food here is pretty delicious! Despite it being an Italian restaurant, the menu has quite a few variations; so if you're not so into carbs pasta - they do offer the fish, chicken, lamb and steak! What i like is also the wide selection of entrees available and share plates as well. I found that majority of the dishes aren't the 'typical' italian sort of dishes, but more that they use main ingredients and use it in a non-conventional sort of way! Out of all the salads and entrees from the night, my absolute favourite has to be the baked ricotta! It tasted absolutely delicious on it's own and with the honey! Loved the way the entrees also came out, in miniature frying pans! so cute! The olives were OK, there just wasn't anything that really differentiated them from other olives in general; they weren't stuffed or flavoured in any other chilli oil etc etc. just plain.

My main, was. Absolutely. Delicious. Tastiest past i've had in a long long while! As mentioned the menu is quite non-conventional in a sense speaking. I chose the Pappardelle al ragu d'anatra AKA Duck Ragout Pasta (papppardelle) with tomatoes, capers and olives.  This entire combination was just so delicious. The serving size is quite generous for pasta. I was expecting tiny portions for some unknown reason. So when it came out i was quite surprised. What was also a +1 was the fact that they generously served duck with the pasta itself. The fatty chose the hay stack cooked lamb, i don't have a photo unfortunately but he complimented the duck being the best his had, and that it was cooked perfectly! I tried some myself, and recalled the lamb being really tender! Personally i'm not a huge fan of lamb, but i did enjoy what i tried!

I would have to say the desserts here are OK, Bucci would stand out more so for the entree and mains rather than the dessert. They were enjoyable and that's probably where i will leave it. Nothing i would rave to someone else about you know?

Overall i really enjoyed the pasta here, definitely worth a re-visit, as mentioned my favourite dish regardless of the fact that it is an entree is the baked ricotta! It's definitely the share platters, entrees and the mains which really give Bucci the +1 rather than the desserts! I also have to mention, the service we received was pretty remarkable. Amongst the group of people i dined with, majority had specific dietary requirements (allergies/intolerances to some ingredients used), not a lot of places cater for adjustments in the menu like Bucci does, our waitress was very attentive to the slight changes in the dishes and was more than happy to recommend different options! It's always refreshing when restaurants can cater for specific requirements!

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more photos (below) of what the others ordered that night, sorry about the varying quality as we all only bought our phones with us and the lighting was pretty dim ("mood lighting") 

BURRATA TARTUFATA - Stretched curd cheese from the Vanella Cheese Factory, crisp pancetta, truffle honey, blueberries & walnuts

Definitely a very interesting flavour, honey, cheese and walnuts, a little bit unusual but very delicious none the less, especially if you are a fan of cheese variations!

Caprese salad with Vanella Cheese Factory buffalo mozzarella 

Tuscan orange & fennel salad, radicchio, buffalo feta, pistachio & olive

Rustic fusilli pasta, fresh tomato, garlic, chilli, pancetta, basil,
anchovies, olive oil

Parmesan, truffle & potato dumplings, walnut paste, lemon,
parmesan & rocket

Crisp cannoli, filled with sweet ricotta, glazed fruit, roasted almonds, 
dark chocolate & Queensland macadamia nut honey

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