Italian cuisine

Crazy for Candeloris |Smithfield

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The Candelori’s restaurant has operated for the past 36 years, and recently been reviewed by Gault & Millau 2015. Since opening in 1999, the restaurant has gained a reputation for providing delicious Italian food including house-made pasta made from scratch and with an atmosphere that feels extravagant and classy that suits both social and business occasions. Candelori’s is a true dining destination for all foodies who love Italian cuisine from the Western suburbs and beyond.

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (0)What a lovely restaurant to dine at.

We are off to a great start with these tall, fluffy garlic bread sticks ($9?) with the obvious ingredient…minced garlic. We sure took our time with these as it seemed so great to dunk these solider boys into the entree and pasta base.

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I was a fool to think the pan seared scallops ($27) could be shared between two people along with Jerusalem artichokes, nduja and watercress. I was not trustworthy to evenly distribute the scallops as it turned out I had 3/4 quarters of this entree. Whoopsh!

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Pan Seared Scallops ($27)

There is no reason not to become a vegetarian anymore because the crumbed eggplant ($27) with Buffalo mozzarella served with pormodoro sure disguised itself as a BIG piece of steak. It’s extraordinary how the texture of this eggplant can almost, I mean ALMOST fit into the meat category. I was fooled by the presentation and AGAIN fooled by the texture. It really knew how to show-off that tomato surrounding.

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Crumbed Eggplant ($27)

Look what do we have here! Hand cut pappardelle osso buco ragu($29) – The ribbon egg pasta is made fresh daily at the restaurant and provides the perfect consistency of texture and flavour. A lot of muscle work goes out to these pastas and marinating the veal shank ragu, so make sure you lick your bowls clean, CLEAN I TELL YOU.

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Hand cut pappardelle osso buco ragu ($29)

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Only ribbons I’d eat!

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to give the squid ink tagliolini with scampi and scallops ($36) a try with baby calamari and cherry tomatoes. This ex-SQUID-ite dish may be a hit or a miss, depending how madly in love you are with having squid ink as your main ingredient. It certainly is a tad saltier than other pasta dishes, but married so well with the seafood.

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Squid Ink Tagliolini with Scampi and Scallops ($36)

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (9)Dive right into those tentacles…I mean tagliolini.

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (7)Hmmm fresh seafood in my belly.

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I think I wouldn’t mind having a few glasses of wine, please…

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Dining area at Candelori’s

Listen up kids. I turned into GODZILLA when the san valentino ($18) arrived. This dish took me to a HAPPY PLACE with the white chocolate mousseraspberry jelly and biscotti. My claws came out when there was only…

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That presentation of the San Valentino ($18)

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (14)Where do I even begin?!?!

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That inner photo…you like?

There may have been a little tension between me and my partner in crime when the indulgence ($18) had magically appeared at the table. With a total of 70% dark chocolate, passionfruit curd served with a chocolate moist biscuit it’s no wonder stacks were high.

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There’s a reason why this is called indulgence ($18)

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Ready for the next photo?

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OH BOY! Come to me baby!

What do we have here…12 hours baked meringue ($18) – Yes I slowly became vulnerable when snow white crisp shell vanished into thin air along with vanilla cream, rhubarb jam, poached apple, lemon powder and a zesty sorbet.

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12 Hours Baked Meringue ($18)

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I have a lot of explaining to do…but this was just SPECTACULAR! 12 Hours and not a single sign of sunburn.

If you don’t know already Candelori’s was named in the Gault & Millau Australia in 2015. That’s incredible especially when the deserve points for their quality of freshness of produce, the creativity and professionalism of presentation and can’t forget the harmony of the menu.

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (22)Well done Candelori’s!

Till next time Candelori’s and I will have that squid ink tagliolini with scampi and scallops to myself AND each of the desserts I order too.
Candeloris_Nessy Eater (23)Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Candeloris, thanks to Candeloris.

Please note: Nessy Eater visited in on November 2015. Desserts change seasonally. 

Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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Vapiano- A range of Pastabilities in the CBD

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Vapiano is the newest addition to fantastico taste of fresh pasta, pizza and  salad, officially opening in the Grace Hotel on the corner of King Street and York Street , Sydney CBD late last week. It’s organised and spacious, with wooden themed  counters, card detection tabs, see-through glass walls in the pasta manifattura room  and visible chef cooking- made to order.

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Vapiano’s Entrance

As you walk through the door, one of Vapiano’s friendly staff will present to you a menu and chip card. This chip card makes me feel like I have a black titanium credit card because you swipe as you go when ordering any of their dishes, beverages and desserts. Once your stomach is satisfied,  you pay at the front counter.  It saves the hassle of waiting and embarrassment of digging down my purse.

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Vapiano Chip Card

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Bar section

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Lovely decors

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Pasta Manifattura

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Complimentary herbs

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Complimentary dressings

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Made to order pizza

I become a bit too enthusiastic when chef’s cook in front of me. We immediately felt welcomed by Chef Kuz and not knowing exactly what he was going cook for us even though we ordered it ourselves. However with his infectious smile, hospitality and aroma of authentic pasta in the air. You will be tempted to visit again soon. Whilst Chef Kuz was cooking, he passionately informs us about the quality ingredients Vapiano puts in each dish and all the pastas are made daily from scratch. You can purchase their pasta for $3 a bag.

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Chef Kuz at Vapiano

Can you believe it? This sexy chef can really get peoples eyes popping out by cooking 2 dishes at once. I should probably learn a few tricks from him. It is pretty spectacular to see a chef multitask.

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Chef Kuz cooking 2 pasta at once.

So freaken happy Chef Kuz cooked for us. He totally knows how to bring sexy back for the silky pastas with a mind-blowing authentic Italian sauce. Even by looking at the pastas, my tastebuds already felt a tingle or two.

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Chef Kuz’s infectious smile

Shaped like a half moon, the CALZONE FOLDED PIZZA ($19.50)  is folded pizza stuffed full of thinly sliced ham, chopped mushrooms, spicy pepperoni, olives, onions, herbs, melted mozzarella and our red tomato base. This wood fired pizza is a meaty tasting with a light puff handmade pastry crust.

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CALZONE FOLDED PIZZA ($19.50) 

Vapiano’s freshly made pasta is an addiction with a blend of textures including soft chewiness contrasting against silky pasta. Even the simple POMODORO FRESCO E BASILICO ($17.90)  is enough to impress for those with impeccable taste. Experience the unforgettable combination of pomodoro with plump ripe cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.

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POMODORO FRESCO E BASILICO ($17.90)

I am a sucker the the classic CARBONARA ($17.90) –  A fragrant of onions, bacon and egg in a creamy sauce  and garnished with grated parmesan cheese. It is a magical creamy balance with a hint of tender bacon every now and then.

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CARBONARA ($17.90)

A real highlight is the POLLO E SPINACI ($19.50)–  Mixed with chicken breast pieces tossed with onion, pesto and a generous serving of baby spinach in a tasty cream sauce. Then garnished with crunchy bites of pine nuts. The baby spinach is a rightful portion allowing the pasta to absorb its lively fresh flavours.

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POLLO E SPINACI ($19.50)

To ensure a perfect balance of flavours, why not toss and turn this pasta dish. You may find pieces of chicken breast hiding underneath. Though it was a shame, I turned into a meat freak when I couldn’t really find enough protein in this dish.

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That’s right, I am showing you fettuccine porn. It’s best to witness this in person. Just look at this thick flat noodle- made fresh at Vapiano daily.

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FILETTO DI MANZO E RUCOLA ($19.50)  is a slight disappointment in terms of lack of delicious fillet of beef. However a reasonable portion of mushrooms, rocket, carrots, zucchini, spring onion and white wine sauce. This dish wasn’t as amazing in terms of flavour, HOWEVER the beef is so juicy and tender, I’d much prefer it on its own.

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FILETTO DI MANZO E RUCOLA ($19.50)

We couldn’t resist the flower shaped pasta, gigli because it is rare in Sydney to be exposed to a variety of pasta types.

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POLLO PICCANTE ($17.90) is a modern twist which offers chunks of chicken breast, fresh Chinese pak choi, red and green capsicum then sweetened by chilli orange sauce. Jammed pack with a mix of  Asian and Italian flavours. Personally this dish is my favourite as it contains sweet flavours.

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POLLO PICCANTE ($17.90)

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POLLO AMATRICIANA ($19.50) contains tender chicken breast in a tomato and herb sauce with onion, mushroom and bacon. If you are a fan of tomato sauce pasta, then you’d be hooked with its over killing tomato flavours. Want to add some grated cheeeseee on top? Then sprinkle some parmesan cheese to include an additional texture.

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POLLO AMATRICIANA ($19.50)

My obsession with pasta porn has got to stop…one day my friend…one day. Teehee.

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We choose VAPIANO LEMONADE ($3.90) – A pleasantly old-fashioned lemonade that is refreshingly perfuming lemon goodness. This is just perfect for the summer heat.

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VAPIANO LEMONADE ($3.90)

 Determined to keep things lively, a display of potted herbs as decoration. It feels relaxing to see the colour green all around the tables. AND how cute are the mushroom shaped lights that are glued onto the tables ?

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A tree inside Vapiano

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Upstairs seating

I really wanted to lick clean the bowls but I was savory full as it is, I am glad Vapiano provides take-away containers. They are shaped exactly the same as the pasta dishes you’d order. I paused a few times when the staff passed me these containers as they look like high quality tupperware products you’d present and sell at a tupperware party.

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Take-away containers

About my stomach being overly full…well I can’t decline dessert. Full stop. We dip our spoons into a thick and creamy Italian chocolate cakeDEATH BY CHOCOLATE ($7) – With a dense, moist, delicious chocolate cake . Covered in a glossy fudgy chocolate  ganache over the  top. This cake is  in between light and heavy, however consistency is just right.  A word of warning, once you start  taking the first bite , you will not stop  till it is demolished.

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DEATH BY CHOCOLATE ($7)

A very pleasant and delicate dessert is the PANNACOTTA ($5.90) – A  smooth  silky blend of vanilla accompanying raspbery sauce on top.

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PANNACOTTA ($5.90)

Saved the best for last is the TIRAMISU DELLA CASA ($5.90) – A slass cup of spongecake soaked in coffee and liqueur with a delicate blend of mascarpone cream and cocoa is quite small and intimate.

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TIRAMISU DELLA CASA ($5.90)

Overall, I absolutely love the mother nature themed restaurant, chip card that allows you to tap and go, the infectious smiles of Vapiano’s staffs and their terrific quality of their house made pastas. I definitely know I will be back before I say hi to Santa.

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Photos by Vanny Tang

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Essenza Italian- Italian food still continues

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What’s with the weather gods lately? Hope everyone is enjoying the weather. I was very lucky enough to keep cool under the air-con. Anyways, not long ago I posted this place here and just so happened few days later Gareth the owner of Essenza Italian saw my post. OH MY GEEE!!! He is super friendly and invited me to discuss about my post. OFF COURSE I accepted his invite. After our conversation over the phone I appeared at his restaurant and had a face to face chat with him at our table. Feeling awesome!

For any hot given day the Peroni ($9) on tap is the answer, very light and refreshing beer.

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Complimentary Crumbled Queen Olive is one incredible starter that is not on the menu but I personally think it should be. The queen olives just perfectly deep fried in bread crumbs and in the center of the olive oozes out a cube of goat cheese.

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OH Gosh! Just look at the goat cheese ooze out of the olives…

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I was very honoured to be the first few people to try (soon to be on the menu) the Complimentary Pollo Fritti with Romesco sauce that is one freaking appetizing pile of juicy tender chicken pieces battered lightly in butter milk served with warm seasoned potato salad. Romesco sauce is typically known as a salsa sauce includes a mixture of tomato, garlic, olive oil, roasted pine nuts and bitxo peppers.

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I couldn’t get enough of the Fish of The Day ($28) – Barramundi cooked to perfection with a pot of puree rocket pesto that is best served with tomato, olive and fennel salad.

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Excellent source of omega 3 in this dish.

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With the fluffy potato pillows and creamy tomato based sauce, Gnocchi Prawns ($25) makes it a tasty and filling pasta with addition to prawns, olives and chunks of cherry tomato, basil and you’d never guess VODKA that adds a saucy twist. And if you’re wondering what to do with the leftover sauce, best to order sliced sough dough bread. So you can enjoy it all over again by dunking the bread into the tasty sauce. Ridiculously flavoursome dish!

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Barely needs any introduction is the Spaghetti Marinara ($26) a pleasing spaghetti dish to eat. A classic Italian pasta with fresh opened mussels, prawns, fish fillets in a fabulously rich tomato based sauce served with a generous portion of al dente spaghetti. Mmmmm Spaghetti.

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Yes, the Seafood Risotto ($26) does make a bold statement on the table- A traditional Italian recipe using rice and ink from a squid that creates the rice to appear black. Hidden inside the rice includes seafood atop with grilled calamari rings and tomato paste.

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A statement dish worth remembering!

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Stomach feeling cosy, I managed to finish their Complimentary house-made biscuits. A piece of biscuit that disappears quicker than you can utter yummy.

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Ughhh when all the authentic Italian meals look that good, I definitely need to match a bottle of wine.

 

 Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest of dined as a guest of Essenza Italian. Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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