buzo is one of my favourite restaurants of all time. Yes I know one of the owners through my friend Em but that doesn’t come into play here. With or without knowing one of the owners I love everything about buzo. From the cute converted terrace, knowledgeable waitstaff and great wine list through to the delicious food and everything in between.
Though it is one of our faves we don’t get there as often as we’d like as we try to get to other restaurants on the wish list. It had been a while since our last visit but a catch up with friends in July meant a yummy buzo feast. That same day my Mum asked when she was ever going to get to dine at buzo, so my younger brother and I planned a catch up dinner. Lucky for Dylan and I that meant two buzo feasts in a matter of weeks.
bowl of warm marinated olives, fennel & lemon (complimentary).
buzo’s warm marinated olives have been known to win over non-olive lovers. Warm, plump olives sprinkled with fennel seeds and lemon juice are just the thing to snack on while perusing the menu.
coppa, salame, goats’ cheese & parmigiano gnocco fritto (complimentary).
Not long after our order was taken than a plate of gnocco fritto arrived. Another buzo classic of gorgeously golden deep fried pastry puffs with a goats’ cheese filling, slices of coppa and salame and the requisite pile of parmigiano. Utterly addictive stuff.
char grilled yellow squash, zucchini, stracchino cheese ($18.00).
Knowing what my main was going to be (my beloved vincisgrassi) I decided to choose something a little lighter to begin the meal; the char grilled vegies covered in melted cheese (that’s totally light, right?) WOW. I do love my vegies but that stracchino cheese melted my heart. An Italian cow’s milk cheese, the stracchino was meltingly soft with a mild flavour, oozing all over the gorgeous squash and zucchini. Fresh, light and absolutely scrumptious.
yellow fin tuna crudo, beetroot, artichoke ($20.00).
Dylan ordered an entree we haven’t had at buzo before. The presence of beetroot ensured I wasn’t going to be sharing with him (beetroot is right up there with condiments for me – yuck). Though I have to say it did look rather pretty and I’m told the tuna was vibrant and able to hold its own against the beetroot and artichokes.
vincisgrassi (porcini, mushroom, prosciutto, truffle & parmigiano lasagne) ($29.00).
Vincisgrassi, we meet again. I LOVE THIS DISH. But it’s not for the faint hearted. Vincisgrassi is a rich, indulgent lasagne of mushrooms, prosciutto, truffle and cheeeeese. Its richness means more often than not it’s a dish for sharing. But it had been so long between tastes I had to have it all to myself. And let me tell you, no one in the restaurant would have any idea that I’ve been in training mode and eating quite lightly over the last few months. I brought my A-game to buzo. Yes it is rich and yes it is indulgent but it is so damn good. Layers of pasta are separated by a luscious cheese sauce, punchy porcini mushrooms and salty prosciutto. Just add a few green beans to your plate to balance it all out. But whatever you do, don’t miss it.
rosticciana (sticky grass fed beef short rib), agro dolce, gremolata ($35.00).
Another old favourite of ours (and many of the regulars) is the rosticciana. The beef short ribs are doused in a sweet and sour sauce (agro dolce) and cooked to perfection. It’s the kind of dish where no knife is required, the meat falls of the bone.
Two weeks prior I’d had the rosticciana myself and an appearance of mustard caught Dylan’s attention and drew him back after quite a hiatus from the dish. While still ever so rich this is the reason he (and just about everyone) loves it so much and the mustard just boosted it to higher levels.
fried potatoes ($8.00) / green beans ($8.00) / mac and cheese (complimentary).
buzo’s fried potatoes are the kind I wish I could make at home. They always have the perfect balance of crispy outer and fluffy inner. We order them every time without fail. Not only are they delicious but they go so well with the beef ribs. And let’s face it… they go with everything. The second side we always order is the green beans. Blanched and full of flavour, the greens are a great partner to the mains, cutting through their richness.
And because the buzo team are so awesome they saved me a portion of mac and cheese from staff dinner. I made a comment on the staff dinner photo on facebook that I’d never had mac and cheese before and then BAM there it was. Traci knows how to spoil me! I dare say this was a pretty epic mac and cheese for my first – I loved the sweet corn kernels flecked throughout.
warm baked chocolate, toasted almonds and vanilla gelato ($16.00).
Despite the extra dishes and bellies reaching capacity I can’t go to buzo without ordering dessert. The warm baked chocolate is a favourite. The baked chocolate is semi sweet and completed by a scoop of gorgeous vanilla gelato. For the true chocolate lovers out there this is a must and for the rest be sure to balance out every bite with the silky vanilla gelato.
special – caramel tart ($16.00).
Mum and I decided to share desserts and along with the baked chocolate we ordered the special of the day – a caramel tart. Many of the dishes we eat at buzo are tried and tested old favourites but every now and then we order something we haven’t had before, or something new. This was one of those dishes and after one mouthful it made its way onto my ‘favourites’ list. The tart shell was lovely and short, the filling a rich caramel. Served with a scoop of refreshing goji berry gelato I’m voting this tart makes its way onto the menu permanently.
And as everyone else struggled to finish I polished off the desserts with a huge smile on my face. buzo never fails to amaze me. Every dish is scrumptious and every evening we spend there thoroughly enjoyable. The restaurant hums with chatter and laughter, it’s a place to go with friends and family to share a great meal and have a good yarn. It epitomises what I love about dining out – great food, wine and laughter.
A Food Story is acquainted with buzo’s owners. Some dishes were complimentary however the meal was paid for personally.
3 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025
(02) 9328 1600