Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst. + Dessert @ Baroque Bistro.

CALCIUM prevents osteoporosis. 

No, this is not a health post, far from it actually. 

That was what i was chanting through my mind when my friend suggested that we go to Buffalo Dining Club for some sexy cheese and cured meats action.  So for the record, I had been eating wayyyyy too much over the festive season and January saw plenty of catch ups, farewells and just general gluttony. Not that i needed excuses for eating out, i just needed to reason that i was actually getting my recommended dose of calcium by consuming cheese for dinner.

We heard this place was really popular so we arrived early in hope to get a table, unfortunately due to their tiny space, they can't give you a table until all members of your party have arrived. One of our partner in crime was running late but made it just in time for us to score the last table remaining! phew!


minimalist front door, but can't be missed due to the crowds outside

We were asked if we would like to hang out in their minuscule bar or outside in the lovely weather while we waited, as we HAD* plans to go to Sydney village festival after we decided to get our exercise of the day by pacing around outside in the lovely weather.


The inside of the lower level

Its a mix of minimalistic and eclectic fit out. Great use of the wall space for wine storage and exposed wiring for the lighting.


the menu

The menu is simple with few choices, perfect for the decision-phobia me. Broken in 4 sections, you can choose a cheese and sides, cured meats, salads (pfft!) and pastas.


stairway decor. 

"All i need is cheese" is what i replied when my friend asked what my plans for valentines day was. no seriously, give me a round of that buffalo mozarella or burrata and I'm happy. The waiters were buzzing around with food to our neighbouring tables, my eyes were wide, trying to remotely inhale the cheese while we waited for our food to arrive.



buffalo mozarella with baby brocollini and potato corquettes

We wanted to try the burrata but they were out for the night so we opted for the buffalo mozarella. All selection of cheese comes with baguettes, your choice of 2 sides and a a fiery salami paste. We opted for the baby brocollini which was dusted liberally with salt and the potato croquettes which were delicious tiny morsels of carbs. heaven on a plate. i sort of wished that i didn't have to share this!


San Daniele- 90 g for $15 

For the cured meats, we opted for the san daniele. None of us knew much about cured meats so we opted for the one we all haven't heard of. wise or brave? well you can't really go wrong here.

Soon enough delicious paper thin slices arrived nestled on butcher paper. The clear distinction of the fatty ribbons was enough to get my stomach grumbling. Needless to say this was polished off  at lighting speed and we were left wanting more. It was hard but we held off, because the star of the show was about to make an appearance.

warning: the following images may cause discomfort to non-cheese lovers (we can't be friends) and people on diets. 


Cacio E Pepe

I PRESENT TO YOU, SPAGHETTI IN A MASSIVE CHEESE WHEEL! *insert thunderous applause*


Mix that spaghetti! 


Cheese and pepper

cacio e pepe literally translates to cheese and pepper. I am a fan of simple dishes, this spaghetti is cheese and peppery, definitely living up to the name. I wish they scraped off more cheese for us. We found this a bit on the dry side but a tad too oily with the oil pooling on the bottom of the plate. guess if we mixed it ( the plate was a tad small for that) it would of been nicer.


Last to arrive on the table was the unassuming buffalo ricotta gnocchi. I am a massive gnocchi fan, but I've had my fair share of not so nice gnocchi. I have tried making sweet potato gnocchi at home but the texture is just not as nice as the ones italian grandmas make ( My friend's grandma make amazing pillowy soft gnocchi every time i visit her, i swear that is not the reason i visit her every now and then!).


buffalo ricotta gnocchi
It arrives just as simple as it is described on the menu. no fancy plating, just a homely pasta dish you'll love to dig into with a glass of wine on the couch after a long day. Boy was this a stunner! This dish packs a punch of flavour, rich tomato aromas fills the vicinity when this dish arrives, and the texture.... the most amazing pillowy soft gnocchi, it was like inhaling clouds. tomato sauce covered clouds to be exact.

Gosh this was a good meal, we were so stuffed we literally rolled downstairs and out the door. The inner glutton then prompted us to roll towards Hyde Park for the Sydney Village Festival for some Messina action.


we had "plans" to check out Sydney Village Festival but we were told it would be at least an hour long wait to get in there. Us piggies had not had any dessert at Buffalo Dining so we decided to hunt down other dessert options. Messina Darlinghurst was on the cards but we got lazy and ended up at Baroque at the Rocks for their dessert tasting platter.


Assiette Mignardise- plate of petite fours, macarons and chocolates $48 for 3 pp.

The dessert platter is originally for 2 but they made a 3 person serving just for us. At $16 pp it is pretty good considering the generous portions you get, 3 macarons each and a sample of 4 mini desserts. When you go to Baroque, the Pistachio Creme Brulee is a must, i sorta wish they gave us more of this! there was also a very nice meringue and raspberry coated chocolate. The coffee eclair was a bit disappointing though, the coffee flavour overpowered everything and pastry was quite wet and soggy, sort of like defrosted toast.

But in the end, it is who you dine with that makes a dinner brilliant, good food just makes the experience better.

Till next time,

Milkteaxx

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41 comments:

  1. Baroque makes the best macarons in Sydney hands down. Classic flavours and perfect mac shells. Still need to try Buffalo Dinning! I want that spag in a giant cheese wheel.

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    1. i agree! i have already planned a return trip to Buffalo Dining Club, feel free to join Mel, food pornation and I in more cheesy goodness!

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  2. I love cacio e pepe, and would be all over that plate of pasta!

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    1. i wanted to take the cheese wheel home!

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  3. aaargh I've been meaning to go Buffalo dining club for a while now but every single time I go it's really packed! I do love the dessert platter at Baroque, good value indeed

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    1. do join us, we've planned a dinner to go back for more!

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  4. i freaking love buffalo dining club! i think it's my happy place with all that cheese!

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    1. im kicking myself for not discovering this new happy place of mine!

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  5. The spaghetti turned in a cheese wheel is possibly the most awesome food-related thing I've seen 2014 - genius!

    And Baroque...still haven't went, but having been to France, I can finally compare it to the world's best :D

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  6. Ahhh I'm dying to try out both the cacio e pepe and gnocchi at buffalo dining club!

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  7. really gotta try the buffalo dining club esp for the cheese wheel pasta. every photo of food from that restaurant is just mouthwatering

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    1. the food is simply amazing, pretty pleased with everything we had!

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  8. It's AMAZING isn't it! I LOVED LOVED LOVED my dinner here. Everything was sensational. Next time get the pan-fried Mortadella...

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  9. Love the cacio e pepe! So much fun! And their gnocchi is pretty amazing too.

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    1. i love novelty and when good food!

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  10. Oh look at that cheesewheel, I am in love.. I wish they served the spaghetti in the wheel... although that would be very dangerous for my health... cheese overload. Great story and delicious pics!
    Gourmet Getaways

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    1. thanks! i loved the cheese wheel, if only i could take it home without being noticed!

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  11. we went baroque during sugar hit, but i do have every intention to visit that place again since i was so impressed with their dessert!!

    but OMG THAT SPAG AND GNOCCHI! i am going gnocchi crazy lately... so ... omg, i want it!!

    - Cassie

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    1. ive been there a few times for dinner and have been pretty pleased with their dishes!

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  12. I do love pasta in a cheese wheel! So tasty. I've yet to get to Buffalo so am putting it on the list ASAP.

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    1. you must go now! right now! i could die curled up in a cheese wheel and go to cheese heaven instead!

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  13. I love cacio e pepe! Such a simple, yet tasty dish! And nothing beats buffalo mozzarella!

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    1. i love my cheese, burrata is even better cos of the cream added! yummo!

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  14. Buffalo has some of the best food in Sydney as far as I'm concerned. I love that spaghetti. You should defs also try their other place Chester White Cured Diner.

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  15. Hehehe "CALCIUM prevents osteoporosis" there can't be any more justifying reason to pig out on cheese!

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    1. i'm ummm calcium deficient, i need cheese!

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  16. Oh my gosh, I definitely want to try this place :D
    So many dishes to start with!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. you must! love the small plates so we could sample more of everything!

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  17. Spaghetti... IN CHEESE... my heart wants it. (Oh wait, that's my stomach.)

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    1. both my heart and stomach want it!

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  18. Cheese is practically calcium on crack. Go for it!

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  19. It's lots of fun there. I wonder if those that can't eat cheese would just love this post for the drool factor? :P

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    1. non cheese eaters and i cannot be friends! haha!

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  20. Oh no, you make me so jealous! I LOVE cheese, but I'm dairy-free at the moment because of health reasons...PLUS I'm on a diet, which makes this post just pure torture for me.

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