Have no fear, first daters, and Tinder novices. The perfect place to wine and dine your Tinderella has arrived, right in Surry Hills. About a 6-10 minute walk from Museum Station in Sydney, on Brisbane street, there lies a place that you.Must.Go.To. With a $20 pp all you can eat pizza and pasta deal for dinnertimes, can you really say no?
The concept is simple enough: but the friendly waitstaff explain it to you after you’ve been seated: over the course of 1 and a half hours, slices of pizza, and spoonfuls of pasta varieties are served to you, and well, you basically eat this till your 90 minutes of fame and fortune are up. Alongside this, you can order for of course extra charges a very fine range of Italian wines, beer and Ii noticed there was a cheeky deal on Aperol Spritz and Prosecco from 6-7 pm.
Well, being cheap students and supremely thirsty, we went with just tap water, and pretty soon the food started flowing. I don’t have photos of all the pizzas or pastas, and I can’t remember all of the names: but let me tell you: that too-trendy-for-school and #oxfordstreet and woodfired taste, and olive oil was the highlight of every one of the items.
First of all, we got a pepperoni one. Not eating pepperoni, we took them off and after that were served with just vegetarian ones.
We also had a tomato sauce pizza which I sprinkled some cheese on. This one had a very lovely taste of oregano and possibly basil in it.
I was intrigued in articular by a potato and gorgonzola pizza which turned out to have a rich salty flavour. Some other vegetarian pizzas with zuccinis, eggplant and mushrooms are also included below:
The farfalle with creamy butter was a highlight of the night for me: I’m not a huge fan of creamy pastas but I have to say that this one was an exception. I’ve heard that their gnocchi is particularly tasty, but alas – that was not served tonight. I’m afraid my photo of the farfalle is blurry!
We also tried an eggplant and ricotta – I think? – pasta which had a smoky flavour to it. Again very tasty, but by this point we were full and had to sit there for a while to recover.
Now, I had my heart set on some form of dessert even before we had left the house, so we ordered on top of dinner a tiramisu, which was $6.00. I was actually surprised to taste this as it had a different taste to what I had expected: the sponge was lacking in that oh-so-sinful drenching of marsala and espresso. Instead it was simply that, soft spongy cake base without any hint of marsala. The mascarpone though was fresh and rich, and the presentation was beautiful with some strawberries. However I was disappointed to find that the dessert was not served cold to us, which would have been the selling point on such a hot day.
Nevertheless, good date night idea: even better office party venue. The ambience on the bottom floor is subdued but somehow lively at the same time, making it a good change from those oh-so-overdone restaurant first dates. I eman…imagine where you don’t have to try to impress your date by ordering complicated Italian dishes! You just need to focus on the wines… and the way you are seated means you can *accidentally* bump your knees into your dates!!! The pros are endless. By the end of the night the chemistry will be so high that you’ll be in a state to go back and redo your high school failed chem test. It’s communal yet cozy, intimate without reeking of candlelight dinners in carpeted rooms. Just as well that it’s situated right near Museum station, because this place should be an institution in itself.