We’re always really excited to hear about a new cafe or restaurant opening in Potts Point. We like to think it’s ‘our area’ when it’s really not… Close enough though! We love Italian food (who doesn’t!), so when we heard that ABC Restaurant and Bar opened we made sure to head over there as soon as possible.
The promise of pasta is always exciting. But we couldn’t just have pasta, so we started with the Buffalo Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Figs ($22). I feel like it’s a bit of a different twist on the classic melon & prosciutto combination. You’ve still got the fruit in there with the figs, but let’s throw in some cheese as well for good measure! We loved this entree and would definitely recommend it. It’s not too big or heavy either, which means you have room for a hearty main course.
The cool thing about the menu at ABC Restaurant & Bar is that it tells you exactly where the produce from each dish comes from. For our entree, for example, Orange (NSW) was written under the dish. I’m not sure if that means all three ingredients came from Orange, but at least it gives you an indication.
On to the mains. There’s a selection of mains ranging from burgers to fish. To be honest, it seemed like a bit of a random mish-mash of dishes. We stuck to the pasta dishes because we thought the restaurant was supposed to be Italian. I’m not sure if we made the right call there! DS had the Crab spaghetti, Chilli, Cherry Tomato ($26) which was spicier than expected! Once you get over that, it’s a good dish. I had the Chicken and Green Olive Ragu, Fettuccine ($22). I must say it wasn’t quite what I expected. The large chicken chunks aren’t what I expected in a ragu. However, the green olive and chicken combination was very tasty. I’d like to start cooking with different types of olives too!
Overall I suppose we had a mixed experience. It wasn’t the classic Italian restaurant we were expected. Who am I kidding though, Fratelli Paradiso will forever be the best Italian restaurant in Potts Point! The other thing we found a bit strange was that everyone in the restaurant seemed to know the owner/manager who was there. Were there any customers who, like us, just walked off the street? I think we went with different expectations, so let me know your thoughts if you do go!
ABC Restaurant and Bar
22 Rockwall Crescent
UPDATE: ABC Restaurant and Bar has now closed