“I am born hungry. Ravenous. I want to eat the world, and I can never be satiated.” ― Gary Shteyngart,
I love this quote, and anyone who knows me knows how much I love to eat. I am never the one to pass an opportunity to eat good food, especially good Italian food. Having recently moved to Sydney from Perth, we have been surprised by the variety of lip smacking food that one can so easily find here in Sydney.
So when we received an invite from “Lombardos Bar & Restaurant” in Dural, Sydney, I found myself accepting it gladly after all, why would I want to miss an excellent opportunity to try good food. We chose to visit the restaurant on a cold Sunday afternoon The restaurant is nestled in the beautiful scenic hills and had a gorgeous view of the scenic “Blue Mountains”. Tastefully decorated, the place had a warm ambient atmosphere about it with an open Kitchen downstairs and a seating area upstairs with a fabulous view.
With a variety of dishes to choose from and an extensive drinks menu, we let Andrew the Head Chef take the lead and let give his recommendations from the menu. We were pretty glad that we took his cue because everything we eat seemed to taste exquisite.
Here is what we ordered:
Scallops wrapped with Pancetta with Cauliflower and Taleggio Cream
We all know the stories of overcooked Scallops, but thankfully these were not. They were just right with the saltiness of the Pancetta giving them the extra lift the otherwise bland Scallops need. The cream was silky smooth and worked well with the Scallops.
Wagyu Carpaccio with Red Onion, Chilli, Parsley, Chillies, dressed with Soy and Olive Oil served with Pane Di Casa
The Carpaccio we ate at Lombardo’s was one of the best we have eaten in a very long time. The thinly sliced Wagyu taken to dizzying heights with the addition Onions and Chillies. Completely covered in Soy Sauce and Olive Oil, we just could not get enough of this dish. The Pane Di Casa was the perfect bread to mop up all the juices from the plate.
Truffle with Ricotta Ravioli, Caramelised Walnuts, Brandy cream sauce and shaved Pecorino
Andrew informed us that they made the Ravioli fresh in the restaurant every two days, which was one of the reasons why I ordered this as my main. Lightly covered in a delicate cream sauce, the Ravioli was fresh and bursting with the Ricotta with a mild taste of Truffles.
Oven Roasted Salmon with Parsnip Puree sliced Almonds and Green Beans
The Salmon was nicely done with the toasted Almond giving it a delicious crunch that worked well. The surprising element to the whole dish was the Parsnip Puree; it was sweet and subtle on the palate and worked well with the Salmon.
Triple Cream Mash
Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
The mash was fluffy and surprisingly light, and the Salad is adding a summery hint to the table with the bright orange Tomatoes and blob of fresh Mozzarella on the plate.
Pistachio & Chocolate Torte
The dessert was Gluten free with a Pistachio sponge base that was covered with Chocolate. Despite being full the husband and I could not help indulge in a spoon fight to get the biggest slice. It was delicious.
Rum & Campari-based Cocktails
The drinks were refreshing and worked well with the whole menu.
The food at Lombardos was a food lovers delight. The menu had a lot of choices suitable for every palate and everything we ate tasted hearty and finger licking good. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to enjoy some relaxing time with friends and family in a beautiful space with superb food. We will surely be visiting Lombardos again to watch the Sun set in the distance with a chilled drink in our hands and the prospect of good food lurking in the background.
LOMBARDOS Restaurant & Bar
P ~ 02 9651 3708
E ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Allen Way, Dural
NSW 2158, Australia