Where: 463-467 Bronte Road, Bronte 2024
Opening Hours: Lunch, Fri - Sun 12 - 3pm; Dinner, Wed - Sun 5 - 10pm
Phone: 02 9386 5666
From the team behind the well-established Swell Restaurant next door comes Bronte Cucina, the area's latest semi fine-dining hot spot. The food? Simply delicious.
The presentation is fantastic. In fact, for lack of a better word, it's borderline perfect. The flavours are balanced, the produce is fresh and it's clear that chef Alessandro Cola (Pendolino, Cipri) knows what he's doing. And of course this doesn't surprise us, does it? Why not? The man brought a considered team along for the ride, including a dedicated pasta chef, pastry chef, and head of house.
With figs in season, naturally we opted for the fresh fruit in question, wrapped in prosciutto and stuffed with thick, creamy gorgonzola ($18). Don't be intimidated by the size of this one, the figs were so ripe every mouthful melted like marshmallows. The kingfish carpaccio ($20) — dotted with olive tapenade, capers, and Spanish onion — was flawless. Not one slice was too thick, rubbery, or bland. All pasta is made on premises and the duck ragout with porcini mushrooms and thyme pappardelle was rich, meaty, and gave other city servers of this Sydney fave dish a run for their money.
And speaking of rich and meaty, I'm a believer in qualifying a venue's merit by the way they do their steak. Let me be honest here: it didn't disappoint. The current cut is eye fillet and it came sliced in two, rare (although we did order medium rare), and resting on a bed of hand-cut chips that were snuggled up with cavolo nero and tarragon aioli ($34). It came together superbly — the chips were thick but not dry, the cavolo nero retained its flavour, and the meat was a carnivore's dream. We finished with a raspberry sorbet mille-feuille special that was gone in mere moments.
Kitsch trompe l'oeil plastered all over the walls aside, Bronte Cucina means business. With fresh, seasonal produce dished up in a way true to the homeland, Cola and his team are sure to impress even the most discerning mamas of 'em all. Buon appetito.
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