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.

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (1)Garlic Bread Sticks ($9?) 

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)

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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.
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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 Sydney Spring Menu + Giveaway Competition

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With over 135 restaurants globally, Vapiano Australia is part of an acclaimed international casual dining restaurant covering Europe, Asia, USA and the Middle East. For Australia, Vapiano has spread across Gold Coast, Melboure, Brisbane and Sydney. To match the Aussie attitude, Vapiano’s fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs are sourced locally in each market. They pride themselves on fresh flavoursome food to match their cheekily fresh attitude. And if you didn’t know already, Vapiano makes new pasta and pizza dough every day in their see-through glass manifattura within the restaurant. Also their basil grow fresh at every table. Click here. Feeling hungry? Then I got good news for you readers! Keep reading for more details because Nessy Eater is running a COMPETITION to give you and a plus one a chance to dine at Vapiano Sydney.

Vapaino pulls in crowds during dinner with its freshly made pasta, but did you know for spring, they make their own pumpkin soup? I know winter months have passed, but the Classic Pumpkin Soup ($6.90) contains LOADS of different flavours. I’ll warn you now that this is not to be shared. The soup is a tad on the thick side, but boy it is smooth like a baby’s bottom. OKAY, that was a joke, but close enough! This soup has a deliciously sweet flavour that it is hard to say no to. It is generously topped with some large garlic croutonsbasil and sprinkles of parmesan that brightens up the soup.

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (C)Classic Pumpkin Soup ($6.90)

What’s next was the Pizza Porporano ($19.90) that features homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella base topped with premium Aussie air-dried salted beefrocket, shaved Parmesan and a drizzle of Truffle olive oil. It’s fascinating that this pizza has quite a tasty offering. The key to a really good pizza is, of course, the dough and I was impressed it was made fresh at Vapiano. The base was super light and thin, the edges were indeed crisp and that’s how any pizza lover would like their base. *Nudge nudge*

Made of prime beef meat, bresaola sure is considered an antique product for this pizza. The staff at Vapiano massages the meat first then baptise it with a lot of salt. Next they carefully spice it up so the flavours penetrate every fibre of the meat. Vapiano’s bresaola is naturally fermented and air-dried (or aged) for 10 weeks. During the drying process for this gorgeous piece of meat it loses 40% of its original weight! That’s so COOL! It makes losing weight sound so easy. LOL

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For all beer drinkers the Premium House Lager ($7) went smoothly with the rest of the meals. Named a winner at the 2014 Australia International Beer Awards, it makes sense why the blokes like it. It contains a remarkably refreshing flavour with a crisp bitter finish.

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So apparently the Villa Maria Arneis ($46 Bottle) can be also interpreted as Arneis little rascal in Italy. It can be an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, as it has a light bite on the back of the throat.

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To the mains and we’ve got Pasta Gamberi Con Rosso ($19.90), which is freaken made in house including the pasta made from scratch. You’ll love the rich flavor and firm texture of  prawnschillisemi-dried tomatoes and sun-dried tomato pesto. It’s a big, flavorful pasta that you can feel good about eating. Look closely at that pasta, it’s so squiggly!

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Our final main we had Risotto Pollo Levanto ($19.90) that was fresh, generous, and prepared to perfection with awesome ingredients including chickenbaconred oniongarlic and chilli. It’s a true taste of risotto at its finest and brushed with parmesan and basil to enhance natural flavors. Do expect it to be creamy and filling.

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (H)Risotto Pollo Levanto ($19.90)

It was no big deal that everyone each received White Choc Cheesecake with Salted Caramel + Honeycomb ($5.90) to finish off the spring specials. NO BIG DEAL AT ALL! It was totes like a deconstructed layered cheesecake. You get creamy white chocolate cheesecake buried underneath a generous layer of gooey salted caramel sauce and topped with honeycomb crumbles. There was difficulty digging my way to find the pieces of cheesecake, so I recommend swirling it first, then you’re set to spoil yourself.

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (I)White Choc Cheesecake with Salted Caramel + Honeycomb ($5.90)

There we have it kids! Vapiano’s Spring Menu and is only available till the end of this month. Vapiano is great for casual dining for couples or even large groups. It’s worth the visit as their pizza dough and pasta are made fresh from scratch every day. Keep scrolling down for more details about Nessy Eater’s Vapiano Competition!

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (A)Vapiano’s gift pack with the giveaways!

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest thanks to Vapiano Australia. Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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For my readers, I have “4 X Spring Menu Vouchers for two” and will give away to four lucky people. That’s right, FOUR LUCKY PEOPLE! The vouchers are valid before 31 October, 2014 at Vapiano Sydney only (No booking required). Best of luck to everyone who enters and make sure you like Nessy Eater’s Facebook page or follow her on Instagram (@nessyeater) (if you have not already) .

The voucher entitles the WINNER and their GUEST to:

A choice of Pizza Poporano; Pasta Gamberi con Rosso; Risotto Pollo Levanto, and Pumkin Soup (one each)

White choc cheesecake with salted caramel + honeycomb (one each)

How to enter: Easy! Just leave a comment about which favourite Italian dish you would want to try at Vapiano and why.

How to win: Nessy Eater will judge the four most delicious entries, so START COMMENTING 😀

Announcing winner: Saturday 25 October, 2014 at 10pm. Winners will be contacted ASAP, so please make sure you respond within 24 hours.



Eat Love Pizza- Kris Kringle Dinner

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Can you believe it, Christmas is already over? And I struggle to believe this because I am still a BIG KID at heart for presents AND food, off course. Teehee. I absolutely love Christmas because it’s the perfect excuse to go present hunting and it is UNAVOIDABLE, but it also gives me the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones too. It seems like this year was my very first Kris Kringle with the girls and I was thrilled Almighty Princess found somewhat a BARGAIN of a scoopon over the net. For  FOUR PEOPLE ($109), you get to choose an entree, main and dessert EACH from Eat Love Pizza menu PLUS TWO bottles of wine. Visit here for this offer. It’s so worth it!

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Boasting the inspiring sights of the Sydney water views and taking in the TWO bottles of white and red wine, we do a Kris Kringle exchange.

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Lakeview Shiraz 2013

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Lakeview Sauvignon Blanc 2013

And have I been a good girl this year? OH PLEASE Santa… I do hope so!

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*Squeals* Ba ba ba na na Minion slippers from Secret Santa.

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I must be a really REALLY good girl this year as Secret Santa got me not one, but TWO PRESENTS.

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And a present from Almighty Princess, I feel loved.

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Awwww….I LOVE PRICELESS Christmas cards because it shows so much love and effort. Thanks Miss Boobie Trap! 😀

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We began stuffing our face with their entree section, Classic tomato bruschetta (serving for one person) – A floury crust that is easy to chew with chucks of fresh vine ripened tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar is a great starter but personally this can be easily done at home.

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Classic tomato bruschetta

Next is the Garlic Pizza crust ($13) – For some mysterious reason the olive tapenade turned out to be ADDICTIVE and FYI, I ain’t an olive lover. With the pizza face being so cheesy in parmesan, I had to have a second and perhaps a third slice. Haha.

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Garlic Pizza crust

Arancini – Golden crumbed risotto balls served with tomato dipping sauce ($16.50) turned out to be a very generous portion, two balls for each person. There was a crunch provided with uncooked risotto.

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Frittata ($14.50) was delicious with a blend of potato, carmelised onion & capsicum accompanied with rocket salad and walnut– I thought the salad and frittata was a great partner. It offers a variety of textures and fresh flavours.

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Carbonara was a perfect consistency containing egg yolk, cream, parmesan, guanciale and black pepper with linguine, however this turned out to be the least favourite dish. Firstly, slightly too plain, in terms of display wise, HOWEVER my tastebuds were pleased to detect their pasta are freshly made.

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Aglio contains chilli, garlic, eschellots and parsley served with linguine– It was much heavier in texture compared to carbonara and lacked the sauce flavour. I could only taste the pasta and chilli.

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I don’t usually eat duck in pizza but the Peking Duck pizza included tomato base, duck, sesame seed, chili, shallot, sesame oil, rocket, orange ($26) – I have to emphasise how incredibly flavoursome this pizza taste. I could almost taste every single ingredient even the orange too. It would of been fantastic if the freshly thin pizza dough was a bit more thicker, otherwise this pizza was well put together.

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Peking Duck pizza 

BBQ chicken pizza ($26) contained a very tasty BBQ base, a spread of mozzarella, capsicum,  stripes of BBQ chicken breast fillet and mayonnaise. I wasn’t crazily enthusiastic with grabbing a slice as I imagined it to be a standard flavour and I was right.

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BBQ chicken pizza

And a complimentary walnut salad to share was provided in this Scoopon.

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complimentary Walnut salad

Gathered around the table, we all WOW-ed at the Classic homemade tiramisu ($14) because it was MONSTEROUSLY BIG in serving. It actually could feed all four of us! But I was just been naughty and had it all to myself. A very genuine taste of tiramisu consist of coffee flavour with cocoa.

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Classic homemade tiramisu 

There were giggles amongst our table when the wobbly Vanilla Bean pannacotta ($14) with peaches, raspberry coulis and crushed almond biscuit arrived. I guess a few glasses of wine really does make me do a few foolish things because I managed to somehow film this dessert. Check it out here on Instagram. This smooth silky Italian dessert made by simmering together milk, cream and sugar was made to perfection.

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Vanilla Bean pannacotta

All in all, Eat Love Pizza is perfect for a casual romantic spot for couples or first date as it presents spectacular views of Darling Harbour. As for the food, best to purchase a scoopon as it turns out to be reasonably more worth it as it includes TWO WINE BOTTLES if you purchase for FOUR PEOPLE.

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PLEASE NOTE: Nessy Eater dined using Scoopon deal ($109 for dinner with 2 Bottles of Wine for Four People). Size, quantity and price  in each dish may vary as this was a Scoopon deal.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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