A seafood degustation on Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf • Consume Play Like Travel


After upon a time, there was a glamorous waterfront restaurant in Sydney serving up plates of Italian. It is name was Otto Ristorante – and 20 years on, it is nevertheless going robust.

Back in the year 2000, the planet was recovering from the Y2K scare, our eardrums have been becoming assaulted by Britney Spears’s Oops…I Did It Once more and Sydney was acquiring all spruced up to host the Olympic Games. It is also the year, Otto Ristorante opened its doors.

Considering that then, Otto’s been combining it is dazzling waterfront views with a Sydneyfied Italian menu, attracting a roster of celebrity folk and proving a mainstay of Sydney’s restaurant scene. (No straightforward feat, offered the scene seemingly has a new hair colour every single week).

Through a gifted Red Balloon voucher, I not too long ago located myself attempting Otto Ristorante for the 1st time.

Prime waterside true estate

Tucked into the A-lister locale of Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf, this Italian fine diner sits amongst a prized steady of other properly-respected Sydney restaurants. Locations like China Doll, Manta, Criniti’s and Aki’s – all supplying equally unbelievable harbour views.

And there’s absolutely a hint of old Sydney about Otto, with the white tablecloths completely pressed and the employees exuding an air of competent self-assurance.

Dress circle seating is outdoors on the wharf itself. Exactly where you are met with a scene of boats bobbing in Woolloomooloo Bay and the twinkling lights of the city skyline. And, if you miss out on alfresco seating, there’s the stalls (inside) and grand circle (upstairs).

Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales

Image credit: Location NSW

Italian sans the wealthy sauces and lashings of cheese

Otto Ristorante’s menu gives a light, sophisticated, incredibly Sydney twist on Italian, starring fresh home-created pasta and lots of regional seafood that is charred on a woodfire grill. There’s an à la carte, vegan and seven-course tasting menu, as properly as a BYO wine group menu for $95pp.

But, I was right here for a specific six-course seafood degustation. And, mainly because Jude and I have been spending Red Balloon income, we decided to add on the $70pp wine matching mainly because why the heck not.

Here’s what occurred:

Oysters, Otto Ristorante, Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Half a dozen all-natural rock oysters served with lemon | Paired with 2016 Ermes Pavese Blanc de Morgex Prie Blanc, Valle D’ Aosta, Italy

Calamari, Otto Ristorante, Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Salt and pepper calamari, with lemon aioli | Paired with 2016 St Michael Eppan Anger Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy

Kingfish, Otto Ristorante, Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Pepper seared Hiramasa kingfish, with broccolini, grapefruit, caperberries and orange dressing | Paired with 2017 Paradigm Hill Riesling, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Seafood degustation, Otto Ristorante, Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Spaghetti, with Claren River braised octopus, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and spicy bread crumbs | Paired with 2016 San Lorenzo di Gino Verdicchio dei Castello di Jesi, Marche, Italy

Lobster, Otto Ristorante, Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Grilled lobster tail, with lemon and black pepper butter | Paired with 2015 Bird on a Wire Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria

Chocolate mousse, Otto Ristorante, Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Amedel dark chocolate mousse, with raspberries, hazelnuts and raspberry sorbet | Paired with 2016 Braida Brachetto d’ Acqui, Piedmont, Italy

The final word…

Offered it is planet-class waterfront setting, realistically Otto does not have to attempt as well difficult in the kitchen. It ticks the glamour and luxury box by default, and some individuals would be rather content material with that alone. They’d be satisfied to spend the $400-odd (for a meal for two), and get the harbour setting, the social proof of dining at Otto and the probabilities of rubbing shoulders with the celebrified in return. What’s on the plate practically irrelevant.

However, Otto tries tougher than it has to, delivering a high-quality dining encounter, with make that is fresh and ready with talent. For me, Otto is the ideal location for lengthy lunches charged to the corporate card, vacationers day-tripping from the Ovation of the Seas and any aspiring glitterati.

But, if you are a significant foodie just after a degustation complete of meals theatre, and you couldn’t give a rat’s arse about water views, possibly attempt Sixpenny, The Bridge Space or Tetsuya’s alternatively.

Otto Ristorante | Region eight, six Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales

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