It certainly has been a long time since my last visit to Pendolino. I remember coming here for work lunch and dinner and it was a bit of a hit and miss and my last visit a few years ago was definitely a miss! A couple of friends recently visited this place and said that everything was delightful and a must visit again. I was due to catch up with fine looking, S, and suggested this place. He too hasn’t been here for a while so was keen to give it another go.
Pendolino can be found on the second floor of the Strand Arcade. Pendolino specialises in regional inspired Italian cuisine, a range of pastas which are made on the premises.
We started with the complimentary bread and olive oil. I love the funky mushroom-like lamp which they put on the table whilst you peruse the menu. I was tempted to take home this funky looking mushroom-like lamp but S glared at me in disgust when I suggested it!
S really wanted to share the cappeletti (stuffed ‘hats’) with wild boar, peas and crunchy pancetta (main size – $39). Part of the pasta was a little undercooked, it was a little doughy, but the wild boar was incredibly tasty. The saltiness and crunchiness of the pancetta, and the sweetness of the peas gave it a really nice touch.
I couldn’t go past the traditional handmade ravioli with spinach, parmigiano reggiano, gruyere, buffalo mozzarella, burnt butter and sage ($22 / $36). It had me at burnt butter. Entree size, four large perfectly round ravioli, it was excellent. Definitely one of my favourite dish at Pendolino.
S couldn’t go past their special, salmon cooked medium rare wrapped with pancetta served with mash, vegetables and with a crispy pancetta. I didn’t have any of this, but the salmon looked divine, and judging by how he demolished this, I can safely say that he totally and utterly enjoyed it!
I asked S if he wanted dessert, his respond ‘I am on a diet’ – sure sure! Unfortunately I was too full for dessert, ate way too much pasta! Talk about carb loading but it was absolutely delicious. Although the cappeletti was a little undercooked, it was still wonderful. Probably should have left room for dessert, but definitely an excuse to return.
Service friendly, room was super duper dark! I forgot how dark the restaurant was! Great for dates, not sure about business diners or lunches though, the restaurant does get noisy!
So lovely to see you again dear friend!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
Level 2, 414 George Street
Ph: +61 2 9231 6117