Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Mr Liquor Dirty Italian Disco - Mascot, Sydney

Public Service Announcement: Get into Mr Liquor Dirty Italian Disco while you can as it's slated to close up shop later this month. I loved my recent visit there; the pop-up restaurant is casual, fun and has a fantastic vibe complete with disco ball and a wood-fire oven named 'Disco Inferno'. 

The restaurant itself is housed in a space that was once a drive through Bottle-O in the Tennyson Hotel. There's a number of cocktails on the menu or you can peruse the wide range of beer and wine on offer in the 'bottle shop'. The food is by the Pinbone team so you know you're in for a fantastic meal.

Mr Liquor Dirty Italian Disco menu

Inside of the converted Bottle-O restaurant

Milano Spagilato

I order the Milano Spagilato cocktail which is a fruity mix of Campari, Prosecco, mandarin and lemon. It's very reasonably priced at $12 and is a nice drink to kick start a Friday evening.

Beef tongue and Bruschetta

Eggplant and cheese bruschetta

The beef tongue is served in long slices and the meat is tender and so flavoursome thanks to the addition of porcini and tomato. The bruschetta is simple yet so delicious due to the smoky wood fired bread topped with eggplant and melted cheese.

Wood fired zucchini, pistachio and green garlic

Porchetta

The juicy porchetta is served with sweet roasted pineapple and goes well with the zucchini salad. Both dishes feature the lovely smoky flavours from the wood fire oven. The portions are fairly generous too which is a bonus.

Mr Liquor Dirty Italian Discos keeps the dessert options simple, with a choice of two desserts and two soft serve flavours. 

Blackberry, honeycomb and grape soft serve 

Hazelnut tiramisu

The blackberry soft serve is nice but the hazelnut tiramisu takes the prize; soft and fluffy sponge layered with creamy mascarpone with a dollop of Nutella hidden underneath. The handful of crunchy hazelnuts add a nice touch. It's a big portion so best shared between two.

Despite loving all the dishes ordered, I did feel a tinge of order regret when I saw the amazing looking pastas. I'm already thinking of how I can squeeze in another visit to try the pasta before the pop-up closes!

Mr. Liquor Dirty Italian Disco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Allegra Dining - Waterloo, Sydney

Weekend brunch is on another level at Allegra Dining which bypasses the traditional breakfast dishes in favour of more hearty and inventive dishes. There's a focus on fresh ingredients in the modern Australian/Italian menu, with fresh pasta made in-house.

It's a lovely space in the buzzing Danks Street dining precinct, and perfect for a group get together for V's birthday.

Rosa Gets Drunk

The Rosa Gets Drunk cocktail is the Rosa, a lychee, strawberry and watermelon frappé on the standard drinks menu, served with your alcohol of choice. I choose rum as my poison of choice and it's absolutely delicious: summery and fruity. There's also plenty of options for the non-drinkers.

Spanner crab sandwiches

Ricotta hotcakes

Saffron pappardelle with pork sausage

Squid ink spaghetti with prawns

It's honestly hard to pick a favourite dish as it's all pretty damn good. I love both the pasta dishes and the ricotta hotcakes are so fluffy and light. 

Tiramisu

If you only order one dessert here, make it the classic tiramisu; espresso soaked Savoiardi sponge layered with mascarpone and Amadei chocolate.

Mango pancake

This is a fancy pants version of the typical yum cha dish. The concept is the same - a thin crepé pancake wrapped around mango pieces and loads of cream, or in Allegra's version it's filled with ice cream and also includes passionfruit, meringue and pearls.

I absolutely love the idea of brunch with more substantial and sophisticated dishes, in a relaxed and casual setting. Allegra Dining excels in this along with having warm, friendly and accomodating staff. Definitely will be back again soon! 
Allegra Dining Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato