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A little gem at Caste Hill, Cibo e Vino

It’s very rare that I do go to Castle Hill for dinner. To be honest, besides Cibo e Vino, I wouldn’t really be able to suggest a place to eat at Castle Hill. Cibo e Vino, has been around for a while now. They were previously located inside Castle Hill Towers, but now, opposite the Castle Hill Towers Shopping centre. I first heard of this place from my dear friend I, whom I have known for over a decade! He runs / owns this place. I met him during my first year of uni, and even back then, I knew about his passion for food. He was the one whm introduced me to the world of ‘fine dining’ and our outings would always be around some ‘food’.

Anyhow, this is not about my wonderful relationship with I and his wife, S. It is about the little gem at Castle Hills, Cibo e Vino. The chef, Paul Toogood, ex River Café, London delivers some brilliant local Italian food, delicious, authentic food with emphasis on fresh produce and flavour. He makes many of his ingredients on site, handmade gnocchi, fresh orechiette, and even nougat in his orange nougat ice-cream, to name a few.

I have been here a few times now, a couple of times I have had the a la carte, and a couple of times the degustation, including the Spring degustation. The last degustation was a truffle theme and as much as it was delicious, I have to say that this one was infintely better!

We started with the roasted marron with herb butter and sorrel and cress salad. Oh my, the roasted marron was fantastic. Cooked in herb butter, it was deliciously creamy and deliciously scrumptious! My only gripe would be, HALF a marron?!!?! I did ask IW if I could have the other half, alas, he said no! *sigh*

Next the salt cod brandade with egg and oregano. Brandade is a puree of salt cod, olive oil and milk. The salt cod brandade was a tad salty and the bread was a little hard for my liking.

The egg, poached, and wonderful but the yolk was not oozy as expected, but it was cooked but still a great compliment.

Fennel risotto with prosciutto di parma, was beautifully executed. The risotto creamy, the prosciutto was salty and a great compliment. The parmesan cheese gave it a nice touch.

Northern rivers veal crudo was served cold, like veal tartare. I was not a fan of this, as I am not a fan of veal. My brother, F, seemed to have enjoyed it and ate my serving. However, he did say that the second serving made him a little ill, as it was too rich.

Last but not least, the char-grilled glenloth squab. This was superb.

The squad was served medium rare, it was tender, succulent and absolutely magnificent.

Now dessert: Manchego, quince paste and oat biscuits. Manchego is a famous Spanish, semi-firm cheese. It is creamy and has a slight nutty taste. The quince paste was sweet, the combination of the manchego and quince paste was just divine.

We ended the meal with Lemon tart, a generous serving of bright yellow tart with fresh cream. The tart was rich, and had a tangy flavour. It was marvelous and a perfect way to end the meal!

I thought the servings were just ‘right’. The spring degustation with matching wines was A$80 pp which I thought was quite reasonable! I was content and full. My favourite dish that evening would have to be the roasted marron, the risotto and the squab.

Their a la carte menu is also delightful! I love their shoe string fries with herbs, chilli, parmesan and garlic! Their char-grilled grass-fed beef fillet with silverbeet, white bean puree and oregano – remarkable and so is their spiced char-grilled kurobuta pork with sweet potato, borlotti beans and salsa rossa, but then again – I am a sucker for pork!

Every time our dear friend, J, comes for visit to Australia, from Hong Kong, this is one place on her must go list! It’s a great little gem and will definitely be back!

Thanks I and S, it was great catching up with you guys!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Shop 2, 299 Old Northern Road

Castle Hill, 2145

Ph: +61 2 8002 0912

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  1. September 16, 2010 at 4:41 am

    ooh my hood! the marron looks fab how much is the degustation?

    • September 16, 2010 at 4:43 am

      the marron was AMAZING!!! its on their a la carte menu – and you get the whole thing. degust was 80 which is not too bad, which matching wine. allergic to white, so only had the red with my squab

  2. May 26, 2011 at 4:02 am

    this is on my to eat list too..! have heard so much abt it :O)

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