Italian Affair with Uccello – Review 9/10

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Uccello (means “bird”in Italian) is a hidden rooftop bar at the Ivy Pool bar and nightclub.It is a cozy venue with traditional and contemporary Italian feel to it, overlooking the pool side area of the famous Ivy rooftop bar.It is not widely known since it is more hidden that the other restaurants in the area, but it’s more and more becoming popular for business lunches and fancy dinner outings with a lovely homely feel.

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Uccello is famous for their exceptional selection of antipasti and their wine collection, not to mention they use freshest produce and inspiration from different places all over the Italy.

The wine and champagne collection is huge, as i mentioned, they can also create amazing cocktails. On my last visit we’ve had La Vigna di Sarah 2014, a beautiful light Prosecco.

Followed by antipasti of Prosciutto di Parma, fig, balsamic, cravero parmesan  ($26), just as good as meat cuts from Italian  county side, very fresh and decadent.

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My most favourite entree out of them all is Split Yamba prawns with chili and parsley prepared on wood fire ($34). Oh my god, this is to die for! If you love seafood and chilly, you absolutely must try this. So gentle with an extra kick to it, entrees just do not get better that this!

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Another great seafood antipasti option is Octopus with chickpea puree and witlof  ($26), very soft octopus with a bit of spice. It is very delicate and  delicious.

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They will make a vegetarian option also, if you request. A must have vegetarian entree is a five way squash. Which is literally just that, five different types of squash with a beautiful dressing on a side of hummus and tomatoes that every vegetarian/vegan would enjoy.

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Let’s not forget about oysters.

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Coming to your mains, the fish of the day is highly recommended if you are full from all the antipasti and would like something light and very fresh. For obvious reasons, fish of the day constantly changing but what ever it is it will literally melt in you mouth. It will come with delicious eggplant salad on the side.

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And again for vegetarians and vegans Uccello makes amazing pasta dish, full of vegetables, herbs and spices, very Italian in deed!

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Burrawong chicken with  Romano field peppers, guanciale and  parsley ($42) is cooked to an absolute perfection. Chicken was definitely my main of choice.

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Uccello has a separate steak menu, cooked as you like it and done to perfection. For lovers of heavy meals try a Bangalow pork belly with  glazed pork neck and wood fire grilled plums ($46)

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When choosing a side dish you may want to consider Sautéed sebago in duck fat and  rosemary  ($11) which is basically a dish of potatoes, but oh my god that duck fat will blow your mind! Done in finest Italian tradition!

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And as of dessert, here are three amazing options for you:

 

First one being  Zokoko dark chocolate mousse with  mascarpone sabayon and espresso granita  ($18), i must warn you it has a very strong coffee taste to it, so if you are not a coffee drinker or do not enjoy the taste or smell of – keep away. Second is deliciously sour lemon tart with vanilla cream ( not ice cream, unfortunately) ($16). And third is my all time favourite – Raspberry sorbet with salted and  sugar almond ($17) very refreshing and perfect to end your meal with and cleanse your palette. Also suitable for vegetarians.

I must say Uccello is perfect for any occasion be it a friendly dinner, business lunch, family gathering or a hot date. If you would like to impress someone with an amazing dining experience and stunning poolside view surrounded by palm tree and attractive people – make a booking at Uccello! I have been with friends and family and we all love it here so much!

UCCELLO

Level 4 Ivy Poolclub
320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

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Bar Machiavelli – 5/10: Good Food, Great Interiors, Bad Service.

Our visit to Bar Machiavelli in Rushcutters Bay was a bitter sweet one, unfortunately. But i must admit that the space is absolutely fantastic, interiors are pretty impressive with a slight Italian touch to it. I loved the projections on the walls featuring Italian culture, traditions and the meaning of their exquisite body language. The exposed brick walls and overall rustic yet contemporary feel to it was quiet fascinating, especially given how large the space is.  You must book in advance though otherwise you will be waiting for quite a while to get a table. If you ever end up waiting, there is a bar with large selection of wine and spirits and staff is quite skillful in cocktail making. Cocktails are absolutely amazing.

Is this a date night venue? Yes it can be, but something a bit more casual, maybe when you are not 100% sure about this person, or a blind date such as Tinder.Why? Mainly because there’s a huge bar where you can start of and then see if you’d like to take it further and get a table. The venue is huge so it doesn’t necessarily give you that romantic and intimate feeling. Food is nice yet still a bit casual.

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We had a booking for about 30 – 35 people, it was my friend’s birthday dinner. However, even though the tables were booked way in advance and most of us arrived in time, somehow we ended up waiting for an hour to get to our table. That’s a bit of a let down, but i guess that is why there is a bar.

Eventually we made it to our tables ( without any apologies for the delay from the staff) we were given the set menu $75pp. It is quite debatable whether it was worth the price. The first entree was an absolute bomb and probably my favourite thing out of their whole set menu. Burata with fresh prosciutto and figs. Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. I can easily have this dish every day,if you ever visit Bar Machiavelli, make sure to order Burrata.

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The second entree was quite disappointing – calamari rings… yes they were fresh and delish but maybe in a posh kind of pub, not so much a restaurant. So this was a definite let down.

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I had a spatchcock for a main dish. It was tasty, nothing too extraordinary but definitely worth ordering.

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Crème brûlée was out of this world! So smooth and delicate, just the way it should be.

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As mentioned previously, the service was a huge let down for a stunning and busy restaurant like Bar Machiavelli. We ended up pouring our own wine and chase waiters ourselves. At the end of the night we ended up making a complain about the service and received a very disappointing response saying ” Well…this is not a fine dinning”.

So make your own judgement out of that, i would recommend it for a casual dinner where service isn’t everything and you just want the food and not the experience. I wouldn’t recommend it for any large events or birthday parties, either. Mainly because our Birthday girl was promised not to be charged for no shows at her event, yet we have been $350 overcharged. So keep that in mind too.

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Bar Machiavelli
10 Neild Avenue, Rushcutters Bay NSW 7750

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