Buzo Restaurant, Woollahra
I can’t remember the last time I went to Buzo, I do remember coming here with a group of friends and really enjoyed it. So this visit was long overdue! I was catching up with my foodie friend C, and suggested this place. Located on Jersey Street in Woollahra, Buzo focuses on Italian cuisine and focuses on produce and simplicity. The menu changes according to season. The wine list is extensive, and they have over 150 wines to choose from.
Started with complimentary bread and olive oil.
Whilst perusing the menu, we were served with complimentary warm olives which was served in a terracotta dish, sprinkled with fennel seeds and drizzled with lemon. C doesn’t like olives at all, so more for me! I loved the sourness and the fennel seeds were a wonderful complement.
Amuse bouche, goats cheese pastry with prosciutto.
The pastry was deliciously flaky and I love the warm goats cheese inside.
For entree, I couldn’t go past the deep fried chicken wings, chilli, garlic, parsley, fennel pollen and aged balsamico ($20). The chicken wings were incredibly tender and succulent. They were ‘finger licking good’ and I loved the chilli, garlic and parsley that came with it. The aged balsamic was the perfect accompaniment. It was excellent.
C on the other hand had the spiced duck neck terrine, kohl rabi, cress and barberries ($20). He thought the dish sounded ‘exotic’ but was slightly disappointed. It was a nice terrine but nothing special, a bit ‘ordinary’ he claimed. I gave him some of my chicken wings and I think he had food envy! My deep fried chicken wings were infinitely better than the duck terrine.
For mains, I couldn’t decide between the maiale con melanzana (slow cooked pork shoulder, eggplant, tomato, parmigiano) and rosticciana (sticky beef ribs, vin cotto, agro dolce and lemon). The rosticciana ($33) won.
The beef was so tender that it fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. The flavours were rich and bold and the perfect comfort food for winter. It was excellent and exactly what I wanted.
C on the other hand opted for vincigrassi (porcini, mushroom, prosciutto, truffle and parmigiano lasagne) ($27). I am quite certain it had him at ‘truffle’. The luxurious lasagne was very rich and filling. You could definitely taste the truffle and was delicious! C thought the sauce was a touch too rich, made him feel extra full but there was still room for dessert, as it is a different part of the stomach!
I was getting full by this stage, but as per usual, dining with C, he managed to convince me with dessert! Rhubarb and Hazelnut tart, vanilla cream ($16) – I don’t think I read past that. I was expecting a round tart, instead we were presented with a cake which was dense and hazelnut-y. It was delicious, however, I would have liked more stewed rhubarb. The vanilla cream wonderful and complemented the tart.
C opted for budino di mela cotogna (steamed quince pudding and vanilla custard) ($16.50). The steamed quince pudding was deliciously light and fluffy and sat on a pool of vanilla custard. We were both hoping something would ooze out but alas no. I thought this was a little too rich for my liking, vanilla custard is not my favourite but C seemed to have enjoyed it. C loved the custard, thought it was a little too sweet but was ‘still within his acceptable sweetness range’.
The restaurant is dark both upstairs and downstairs, creating an intimate dining area. The dishes are hearty and absolutely delicious. I love the warm and friendly service and I don’t know why it has taken me this long to come back! I am definitely keen to try their new venture, the Wine Library which is on top of Oxford Street in Woollahra.
It was so lovely to catch up with C and I look forward to our next dining experience!
GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10
C’s rating: 7 / 10
3 Jersey Road
Ph: +61 (02) 9328 1600