An Italian Feast at The Beresford Hotel, Surry Hills
Some of you may know that in order to pursue this life of eating, I have to balance it with at least a modicum of exercise. Over the years I’ve become fond of exercise, the endorphin rush and the sense of achievement on reaching and even at times, surpassing goals. Another of the benefits of exercise is the camaraderie developed amongst our group over the last couple of years after meeting regularly in Rushcutters Bay Park at ungodly hours of the morning. For those who want to know, ungodly is 6:15am Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We don’t always make it. Sometimes due to injury, work, travel, family or sometimes, we just can’t get up.
Recently, we finally took it upon ourselves to get together outside our usual trainer organised social events, and settled on the Italian Feast Sunday lunch offered at The Beresford.
Stunning and glorious day outside and it was quite a shame to be inside at our table, but we were quickly distracted. On arrival at midday, the restaurant was virtually empty, but by 1pm, it was full, and the atmosphere was buzzing.
This fantastic weekend deal, available on Sunday’s only, is an absolute bargain and super generous at $45 per head for a three course meal where we all left absolutely stuffed.
While the ladies arrive (there are 7 of us in all) we get started with a traditional Bellini. A beautiful peachy cocktail made up of prosecco and peach puree.
When we’re finally settled in our antipasti arrives:
There were two of these platters between us with one catering to the vegetarians amongst us. The platter was full of deliciousness, with marinated mushrooms, prosciutto di parma, sicilian olives, marinated artichoke hearts, some tasty & cheesy arancini, caramelised onions, and deep fried nuggets of unknown cheesy goodness! Great start to the meal and impressed my lady friends!
The wine started flowing, bread was on the table and so the gossip started. As we usually only see each other early and exercising, we hardly ever get the chance to talk properly, so we were thrilled for the opportunity, and didn’t let the food get in the way of the gossip and the wine!
Our pasta course arrives, and the smell of pesto is overwhelming:
I’m a little disappointed with the pesto on the pasta, it doesn’t have the aromatic stickiness from the Parmesan and was quite under seasoned, but satisfying nonetheless. By this stage we are in full swing, impressed with the size of the portions and the great Italian wine.
It’s now time for the piece de resistance, the roast of the day. This week a roast shoulder of pork:
It’s gorgeously impressive, and served with chickpeas & radicchio and a sides of a blood orange salad and gorgeous roast pumpkin . We are left to fend for ourselves in the cutting and DW does a sterling job attacking it. We are dismayed though when we see the waitstaff carving the shoulder for other tables. Why not us too? :-/
This is when the major disappointment occurs. Two of us don’t eat pork, and we do tell them, and ask for an alternate course. Unfortunately for us, the alternate course turns out not to be not the promised fish, but rather, another bowl of the pasta we had already consumed. Not cool at all, and I assume a common enough request that it should be covered? Nonetheless we plough on with our meals, and vow to make up for this disappointment with dessert!
Desserts are not included in the feast, but no matter, we’re happy to pay! There’s large dishes of tiramisu, a fragrant blood orange tart and gelato.
We pig out on the tiramisu and the blood orange tart. Well worth the extra dollars.
All of this is washed down with a bottle of Pellegrino ‘Passito di Pantelleria’ 2007, Sicilia, an Italian dessert wine.
Let me tell you, I did not need dinner, at all.
Fantastic deal, awesome for groups. Now need to get back and try the a la carte menu!
The Trattoria at The Beresford Hotel
354 Bourke Street
02 9357 1111