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Buon Ricordo, Paddington

My dear foodie friend, C has wanted to come to Buon Ricordo for quite sometimes now. It has been on his must go list and since I love food as much as he does, he asked if I wanted to go – and how can I say no? Buon Ricordo is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Sydney and I have had many wonderful meals here. The last time I was here was for my brother’s 30th birthday. He loves their truffle pasta so much, that he could eat two plates on his own in one sitting!

We sat downstairs, thought I would face the wall so that C could face the kitchen. I have seen the guys in ‘action’ in the kitchen a couple of times now. We were presented with some fresh sour dough and bread sticks with a side of olive oil. I was tempted to have some, but I knew what was to come and resisted.

We originally wanted to have the degustation – C is my degustation partner in crime! ‘The Mother’ isn’t a huge fan of degustation, only because it is too much food and he doesn’t really enjoy it. Unfortunately, after much perusing and thinking, we decided against the degustation – 6 courses for $125, sounds like a steal deal but the thought of having so much pasta for a degustation could just be an over kill. Part of me was glad that we didn’t have it, as I don’t think I could have eaten that much food.

We started with the amuse bouche – tomato bruschetta. This was beautiful done, warm, toasted crunchy bread with fresh tomato drizzled in olive oil and seasoned with parsley and pepper. It was a great start to a wonderful meal.

C and I shared two entrees, the first being the tasting plate, cured ham with ricotta chestnut and almonds – both C and I love cured hams, and the ricotta chestnut was creamy and nutty and the almonds really gave it that extra flavouring and touch. The pan fried prawn served on cauliflower was wonderful. C is not a fan of cauliflower but thought the puree was ‘nice and prawn was great too’. I loved the cauliflower puree, it was creamy and very subtle I thought. The deep fried cuttlefish stuffed with eggplant and tomato was ok, nothing really special, we both couldn’t really taste the cuttlefish.

The moment C has been waiting for, fettucine al tartufovo – fettuccine with cream and parmesan, topped with a fried truffle egg, tossed at the table. Their signature dish, and those who have been knows that this is ONE HELL of an amazing dish! Sorry photo is dark, thought I’d take it with my camera instead of iphone and it was dark! (Seriously time for a new camera I think!). The pasta was tossed at the table which was ultra cool.

And voila, shared fettuccine. C’s comments ‘it was pretty cool to see it being tossed at the table and oh my, it was sensational’. It certainly was! I have had this dish more than half a dozen times, and each time, it still gives me chills and a WOW factor. It is awesomely sensational! The cream and parmesan mixed with the fried egg which ooze with yolk is just magnificent. It has been their signature dish for 16 years and for both of us, the dish of the night!


C had the agnello con parmigiana – lamb cutlets grilled and served with an eggplant parmigiana. I didn’t have any of this, as I am not a fan of lamb! I have had the eggplant parmigiana before and it was marvelous. C thought the ‘lamb was good but nothing too special, however, the eggplant parmigiana was wonderful!’ He loved the melting cheese goodness. It is probably one of the best eggplant parmigiana I have eaten.


I opted for something lighter, pesce al cartoccio, blue-eye trevalla with fresh tomato and garlic baked in paper. The eye fillet was perfectly cooked, it was tender and had lots of flavour from the ‘soup’. It was a flavourful dish, and tomatoes roasted until it was soft and mushy. I took the waiters advice of soaking up the soup with bread and it was just splendid.

With our mains, we received complimentary beans and potatoes. C did not touch any of the beans, so more for me! I have been going through a beans phase, so this was absolutely fantastic, perfect with my eye fillet!

For dessert, we shared the apple layered baked cake with cream topped with pistachio nuts. Unfortunately, we were a little disappointed, the apple layered cake was very sweet – too sweet for my liking. Even the cream did not soften the sweetness. I did like the added pistachio nuts though. As C said ‘it was pretty average’.

Overall, it was a great meal, service was great, and our waiter was extremely tentative. Despite the disappointing dessert, think we picked the wrong one, I wanted their nougat semifreddo, however, they have changed the nougat to fruit cake which I am not a massive fan, it was still a wonderful meal.

It was great catching up with C, my eating partner, and I look forward to our next meal!

GA’s rating: 8 / 10

Buon Ricordo

108 Boundary Street

Paddington 2021

Ph: +61 2 9360 6729

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  1. December 14, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Looks lovely. I’ve not had Italian for AGES! I’m going through a bean phase too – I love the Chinese style fried green beans with pork mince. YUM!

    • December 14, 2010 at 10:12 am

      hey mel 🙂 ya i dont go to italian very often! oh you have just given me an idea for dinner tomorrow night! bean and pork mince 🙂

  2. December 15, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I’ve always wanted to dine here for the fettucine al tartufovo. That’s on my bucket list! 😀

    • December 15, 2010 at 1:28 am

      You should definitely go! the fettucine al tartufovo is just to die for 🙂

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