Lovers of antipasto boards, we have found Sydney’s most epic and, not to mention, damn tasty antipasto board at the Sicilian inspired Project Bistro in Mascot.
This mighty fine board has all the things you’d expect to find, and a few you’ll be suitably impressed (and surprised) by. We’re talking the kind of creamy buffalo mozzarella that bursts in all the right places the moment you cut into it, a selection of cured meats including only the best Prosciutto di Parma, Salame Nostrano and smoked speck, Sicilian olives and house pickled vegetables. The real game changer here, however, is the black truffle pecorino cheese dipped in honey yep, honey. The perfect mix of savoury sweet, this will see you demolish this sizeable piece of Italian cheese in no time, and with no judgment from us.
What Chef Andrea Assenza masters in the antipasto stakes he continues throughout the rest of the menu at this Italian restaurant in Sydney. This is traditional Italian cooking with the occasional Australian twist. Once you’ve worked your way through your board it’s time to prepare your buds for a selection of canapés, whether it’s a bloody mary oyster shooter or the pulled pork sliders, you should just get both because you won’t be disappointed.
Then it’s time to get serious about all the glorious carbs that are about to come your way. The pasta here is nothing short of drool worthy, with the wild boar ragout pappardelle or the spicy crab angel hair pasta, both so good we suggest bringing a mate for sharesies. Their risotto is also a must try and, for the mushroom lovers among us, you need the carnaroli risotto in your belly, a winning combination of wild forest mushrooms with black truffle puree. Their wood-fired pizza menu will have you wishing you wore your stretchy pants, combining all the good stuff like burrata, Italian sausage and spicy salami and cooked in the traditional way in their direct-from-Italia pizza oven.
And because they aren’t doing enough already to excite your tastebuds, on Thursdays and Fridays you can feast on suckling pig or baby lamb, prepared on a spit, Sardinian style.
A word to the wise, leave room for desserts because guys, desserts here are damn delicious. With a qualified pastry chef baking the goods daily as well as a fully functioning bakery onsite, Project Bistro plates up nothing short of inspired sweets including the bignola, a vanilla crème puff, that you definitely won’t want to share and a perfectly fried mini calzone filled with cinnamon ricotta and orange blossom honey, don’t say we didn’t warn you, BYO second stomach.
Because brunch is our favourite meal of the day we can’t go past Project Bistro’s brunch offering. Their baked eggs are not only Instaworthy but totally delicious, with San Marzano tomato sauce and traditional pork fennel sausage. Their frittata of zucchini flowers and baby green peas will also see you starting your day right. Lunch also sees all their signature dishes, from fresh pasta, risotto, pizza and share plates on offer along with open wood-fired flatbread and a range of salads including poached Atlantic salmon and roasted free-range chicken.
So whether you’re mantra is sharing is caring or hands off, it’s mine, Project Bistro is guaranteed food comas, not to mention tasty good times, all round.
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