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.
"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
Mix that spaghetti!
Cheese and pepper
buffalo ricotta gnocchiIt 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,