Ciao Amore. Its been a rather Italian food filled week in my life with it all starting last weekend at the Buffalo Dining Club in Darlinghurst. If someone asked my to pick a cuisine that I had to live with for the rest of my life it would definitely be Italian. I would find no complaint living off pizza, antipasto, seafood, cheese, pasta, gelato and Italian sweets. Having so much love for the cuisine, I’ll eat it whenever possible and suggested a dinner with my friends after reading good things about the Buffalo Dining Club. It was a busy Saturday night so we put our names down and headed off to Lil Darlin around the corner for a drink whilst we waited for our table.
Overall the venue is pretty small but it’s definitely worth the wait. Situated in a terrace building there are tables outside and inside on the bottom floor and then a few more on the level upstairs.
The menu is simple (just the way I like it). The meal begins with antipasto, pick your choice of cheese from Buffalo Mozzarella, Burrata or Caprino and then select two sides to go with it from a list on the wall (no printed menus here). There was also three pastas to choose from, a burger, side salads and tiramisu for dessert.
We order a half carafe of the house white to share.
Antipasto choice numero uno, we naturally order the Buffalo Mozzarella (which is flown in from Italy =O no wonder it tastes so amazing) with a side of Fresh Tomatoes in Balsamic and Grilled Broccolini. The plate is served with pieces of fresh bread and these small savoury biscuits called taralli which we were obsessed with in Rome.
Next comes the San Danielle Prosciutto, straight onto a piece of paper and served on the table.
Antipasto choice numero due is the Burrata Cheese with a side of Sicilian Olives and White Anchovies. Both cheeses are soft and creamy with the Buffalo having a stronger, more refined flavour then the Burrata. The antipasto was simple, fresh and flavoursome, something the restaurant does terribly well.
Chili for the pasta. Love when this is placed on the table without me having to request it.
Now for the dish I had my eye on all night; the Cacio e Pepe which translates to cheese and pepper. This is a must order for all people who visit and I don’t want to hear any excuses about a no-carb diet. All you need is a few mouthfuls to give your taste buds a sensory overload of flavour. Brought out to the table in a huge hollowed out Pecorino cheese wheel, your pasta is tossed around to collect even more cheese then whats been grated on and is lovingly served in a tangled mountain to devour.
It’s simple and traditional and doesn’t skip a beat in flavour. Buono!
We finish off our wine and chatter away as the room slowly empties with diners. Taking a pass on the Tiramisu (definitely trying this next time) we ask for the bill and are amazed that it comes to $35 each for the two of us drinking wine and $25 for my friend who was not. This is how food should be; high quality ingredients packed with flavour served in an unpretentious environment with a reasonable price. Definitely one of my favourite places I’ve eaten at this year.
Buffalo Dining Club
116 Surrey Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9332 4052