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Photo on left courtesy of Cicconi’s website
It’s not too difficult to miss this little establishment along Cambridge Street as you drive along what is now my new street to explore for food! I never did realise the many little cafes that sit along this stretch of road. It never occurred to me that there could be little Cappucino Streets within the suburbs of WA. Now I will be looking at exploring more suburbs and where their own little Cappucino Strip of cafes/restaurants might lie!
I gave a treat to my family this evening as we dined out. As you enter in, you feel this blast of class in your face, with a beautiful interior design to the restaurant. The wait staff are quite friendly, and we were seated quite promptly. I think with the reservation I made, we were given a nice ‘window’ table where we could see the cars passing.
Being the typical asian family, no one ordered booze, other than me. :) I had a nice white wine (Tim Adams Pinot Gris), which was accompanied by the following orders for our evening:
Garlic Bread (4 pieces)
Fish of the Day (Atlantic Salmon, grilled with mash and vegetables)
Veal (New Zealand, milk fed, veal backstrap wrapped in prosciutto & pan-fried with whole king prawns in chilli herb butter, served on creamy potato mash)
Salt & Pepper Squid
The garlic bread was a good serving for its price of $5.50. However, there was this lack of garlic taste to the garlic bread, which was quite disappointing. As tasty as it was, it was really the butter that was talking more than anything.
I initially thought it was just buttered on one side, which would have led to more complaints from me, but it was buttered on both, which I will give props for :)
Overall it was a good start to the meal, albeit too garlic-less in what is really supposed to be garlic bread.
The mains came out rather swiftly after the garlic bread, which were really happy about considering how hungry we were!
The Fish of the Day was ordered by two people, and they turned out identical (I see it as a good thing because it proves consistency on the chef’s part) in presentation. But well, the proof is always in the taste of the pudding to me, so I had a quick taste off Dad’s portion, and I found the fish fresh and cooked to the right amount (not too dry, which is always a big fear for me with fish). I didn’t want to deprive the father from the other bits of the dish so I left my little nosey-fork at that. Not all that tasty, but I give the chef props for cooking it well :)
The veal on the other hand, which is what I had, was a tad tastier than the fish, largely due to the prosciutto wrapped around the generous piece of meat. The prawns were a tad too overcooked in my humble opinion, so they turned out mushy and were really not what I would have liked. The mash was good, albeit a tad too much in terms of the serving amount. the gravy was once again lacking the taste that it was described, altho’ it would have been too rich if it was any tastier, so it’s a toss-up between having taste and having too little, too much. Quite an average dish.
The Salt & Pepper Squid were so huge that Mom had a nice big shock when it came out of the kitchen and onto our table. Having ordered the “mains” size, we were definitely expecting something bigger than entree, but not that huge! I have to admit it was really massive, even for a person with a great appetite like myself.
The squid was served with a nice amount of shoe-string chips, and a nice aioli like sauce on the side.
I had a taste of the squid, and whilst it maintains its nice tenderness, the batter had very little taste, so much so that Dad had to resort to using the salt and pepper that was on the table. Quite a disappointing in that respect.
The shoe-string chips were a winner amongst us as we helped Mom finish off the big plate of food. It was lightly salted, which is good, and with the nice aioli to accompany it (altho’ it was really for the squid)… it was one of the highlights of the night!
There was a nice serve of salad below that big serving of squid you see in the picture as well, most of which consisted of my favourite rocket! :) It was served with some orange/mandarin slices, which gave a nice tangy flavour to the dish.
Overall, this place reeks of a beautiful ambience (would definitely come here for a date), but the food is rather average, and whilst I would come back and try some other dishes, it will take me a lot more effort than other great places that we have been to over the past couple of months. Prices are a tad steep for the taste of the food produced too.
The service should be applauded tho’ because the waitress who served us was patient to the bone (we deliberated on our order whilst she stood there and smiled), and she was attentive to all our needs. :) *thumbs up*
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: S.T. (a.k.a Miss Egg)
Cicconi’s on Cambridge
Telephone: (08) 9383 7888
Address: 353 Cambridge Street, Wembley, Western Australia 6014