Porco Rosso

Bill having recently had a Studio Ghibli movie marathon, I decided to keep the theme going and take him to try Porco Rosso (33 Allen Street Waterloo) for our date night – doh he had already heard of Porco Rosso as he works in Alexandria. Porco Rosso is one of Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli films about an Italian ex war hero who is transformed into a pig – although we didn’t know whether the restaurant referred to the Ghibli Porco Rosso. The restaurant is hidden under a residential complex and appears to be a favourite for locals who kept popping in for take away pizzas. Reminiscent of an industrial space it is minimally decorated, concrete floors, bags of flour stacked against the glass panelled kitchen and racks of fresh pasta to dry – I especially loved the magnetic specials board with super cute letters of the alphabet.

The menu has hints of Japanese influence (see the tofu salad and edamame) and is divided into Antipasti, Salads, Pizza and Homemade Pasta. The pizzas were named in Italian numerical order and the homemade pastas were named in Japanese numerical order, both lists omitting the number four which is unlucky in Japanese cultures.
We started off with antipasti of caprese with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of black pepper. A simple but beautiful dish, and with tomatoes being the new bananas I savour the chance to have great tomatoes out. We did get food envy when a mountain of parma prosciutto plate with carefully balancing jumbo grissini was ordered by almost all the other tables dining that night and we made a mental note to order that dish next time. Bill chose the Otto (8) pizza, a puffy and chewy crust with tomato sauce topped with fresh mozzarella, wild mushrooms, sausage and bitter radicchio. Naturally I gravitated to the Japanese influenced homemade pasta Go (5) spaghettini with mentaiko which is a chilli marinated cod roe, topped with shredded nori, fresh basil and lemon zest each ingredient present in each forkful. Normally I’d only use mentaiko with soy sauce so I loved how the basil and lemon zest added a freshness and zing to the dish. There’s no separate dessert menu but a cabinet showcasing the desserts of the night which filled as the night progressed. A strawberry custard cake with layers soft sponge cake filled with delicious fresh cream and strawberries caught my eye and a traditional tiramisu layers of coffee and marsala wine soaked chocolate cake and marscapone was the perfect decadent end to our evening.

Porco Rosso

Caprese with buffalo mozzarella, basil, tomato and extra virgin olive oil

Otto (8) tomato sauce topped with fresh mozzarella, wild mushrooms, sausage, radicchio

Go (5) spaghettini with mentaiko, nori, fresh basil and lemon zest


Strawberry Custard Cake

The restaurant for dinner has a very laid back vibe, perfect for a casual dinner date and I’d love to come back here for lunch as their coffee was great too. Yet another great addition to the ever growing industrial Waterloo/Alexandria area with friendly staff and great Japanese Italian ‘fusion’ food.

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Alfredo’s at Bulletin Place

You know Christmas is near when the Christmas tree at QVB is up!

This year I think they’ve changed the crystals… aren’t they usually huge baubles ?
Christmas at Starbucks

But before Christmas is MY BIRTHDAY woo hoo though I’m not very excited about it this year.. even though I really should be. Bill HAS pointed out I’ll be celebrating my birthday everday for nearly a week!! Hopefully the excitement kicks in soon… I love my birthday XPBut even before my birthday was Melon’s birthday!! And to find her the perfect presents Angie and I went on a date. Usually when Angie and I go on our shopping dates we tend to spend abit too much money on ourselves, however this day we didn’t spend ANY money on ourselves… thus we justified a really really good dinner to treat ourselves. So we ended up in Alfredo’s at Bulletin Place.

Oh baby, it was so romantic we ordered wine and had a piano man playing romantic music for us and taking requests too! This place has the best pasta I’ve ever had in Sydney and it’s so obvious they use the freshest ingredients. omg so freaking delicious! The seafood absolutely fresh like they just picked it from the harbour and the pasta were cooked to perfection. I just want to take everybody there and let them enjoy it too!

Alfredo’s at Bulletin Place

Wines and our starter of Bruschetta

Entree – Grilled Calamari

Scampi Linguine

Lobster Angel Hair Pasta

More Christmas decorations?
This is my favourite display at the David Jones Christmas windows… it’s so cute and adorable! The rest of the windows were freaky.

haha check out the potatoes
love you babe! and our shopping dates

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