Address: 292 Church St Parramatta NSW
Tel: (02) 9633 2299
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I received an email not long ago from Ms Gomesz of Sicilian in Parramatta, inviting me to visit the restaurant to try out some of the dishes from the new menu.
I had heard of the Sicilian before but had never actually visited it so I was intrigued and agreed to come in with MC to check it out.
We had a booking for around 7.15pm on a Friday night.
As expected, Parramatta was just beginning to get busy and we were lucky to nab a spot in the carpark in Erby Place, just behind the restaurant.
We entered the restaurant from the back and I was impressed with the clean and elegant exterior of the restaurant, even from the back entrance.
The lovely Ms Gomesz gave us a choice of seating and we chose a booth towards the front of the restaurant, which gave us a good view of one of the TV screens around the restaurant, whilst still having a bit of privacy.
We were also near the pizza kitchen, which was a small separate area that was sectioned off from the rest of the kitchen. The pizza kitchen had a large wood-fire oven for the pizzas and there were two Chefs preparing piping hot pizzas in an unusual shape (see below!).
The atmosphere at Sicilian was fantastic. It was a Friday night and the restaurant was as any great restaurant should be on a Friday night: busy. There were TV screens showing everything from football to the Discovery Channel, music playing in the background, the sizzling noises of hot food being prepared in the kitchen and the happy chatter of satisfied customers relaxing after a long week.
MC and I felt comfortable in the busy environment and enjoyed looking around at the beautiful paintings on the roof and walls and the Southern Italian styled decor.
Well what can I say about service?
MC commented that it was “the best service he has ever had”, and I have to agree.
Right from the beginning staff were friendly and helpful. We always felt well looked after without feeling annoyed about being bothered or “checked on” every 5 minutes.
Our waiter (I think his name was Enrique?!) was extremely professional, friendly and seemed quite experienced.
We soon ordered drinks, with MC going for his usual cider (the only choice was Monteith’s Crushed Apple Cider– $8.00).
I chose a refreshing cocktail, the “Woo Woo”.
This was a beautifully presented and absolutely delicious tropical cocktail containing vodka, peach schnapps, lime and cranberry.
It was served in a tall glass with a slice of pineapple on the side, which was a nice touch.
Woo Woo, $10.00 (all day)
We began the meal with an entree of Arancini Balls with Aioli.
The arancini were mouth-wateringly good. The exterior was crunchy and perfectly golden but it was the inside which was the best part. The rice was cooked al dente and was full of flavour and the small vegetables and gooey cheese contributed to an interesting texture.
For the main event we decided to get a side of Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables to get those vitamins in!
I loved that the veggies were bright and colourful, containing carrot, gorgeous baby potatoes, roasted capsicum, broccolini and beans.
Although MC isn’t a big veggie person and HATES capsicum, I managed to get him to try a piece of the sweet roasted capsicum and (dare I say it?) he actually didn’t mind it!
I thought the veggies were well cooked, until just done, and were bright and well presented. They were a great side dish to complement the other dishes we ordered.
Sauteed Vegetables, $6.90
MC’s choice for mains was a wood fire Agnello pizza.
This delicious specimen was made of succulent spit roasted lamb, barbecue onions, slightly salty feta, delicious creamy pumpkin slices and a handful of rocket tossed in lemon vinaigrette.
Not a fan of rocket, MC picked it all off. Despite his comment that “it would be better without the leaves”, he really enjoyed the pizza and commented that the lamb was really tasty.
The star of this dish for me however, was the delicious base. The base was soft and tasted slightly of sourdough.
The crust was amazing and while I would normally eat most of a pizza and keep the crust aside, I absolutely loved this one!
I am not big on lamb but I did really enjoy the tender meat in this pizza and it was perfectly balanced by the sweet onion and creamy cheeses.
Agnello pizza, $27.90
My choice was the Moreton Baia Bugs.
As I am sure you know, I love seafood. I take any opportunity available to choose dishes which feature crab, prawns or other shellfish.
This particular dish was well presented and contained two grilled marinated Moreton Bay bugs on a basil infused mash with roasted vegetables and Sicilian’s citrus hollandaise sauce.
The bugs were delicious and juicy, not overcooked at all.
MC had never had bugs before but enjoyed prawns and crab on previous occasions. He and I both enjoyed the subtle flavours of the bugs, which were fresh and warm, together with the tangy Sicilian sauce and lemon juice.
The one thing I did not like about this dish however, was the mash and vegetables.
I felt the mash was very dense and heavy and the dish would have been better with a fresh salad on the side and perhaps some roasted potatoes instead.
Apart from that, we both enjoyed the dish and I was glad I chose it.
Moreon Baia Bugs, $34.90
After clearing our plates, our friendly waiter brought out the dessert menu on a rustic looking clipboard.
By this stage MC and I were feeling pretty full so we decided to skip out on a full dessert, which included sticky date puddings, tiramisu and cannoli.
Instead, MC went for an Affogato, an espresso shot served with a shot of ice cream.
While the ice cream was a little icy (perhaps the freezer needs to be turned down a bit?), the espresso was delicious and together they made for a wonderfully invigorating combination.
MC who is not normally a coffee drinker, really enjoyed the affogato and perhaps has acquired a taste for sweet, Italian coffee?
I went for one of my favourite post- meal teas, Peppermint. Peppermint tea is soothing and great to freshen up your breath after a garlic-laden meal. It is also known to aid digestion and is quite healthy when enjoyed without sugar.
The tea was served in a cute cut with an individual tea pot and was a nice way to round off the meal.
Peppermint tea, $4.00
Overall, MC and I had a wonderful meal at the Sicilian.
The service was the best we have had in a while and we were made to feel comfortable and welcomed, in true Italian style.
Food was tasty, if a little expensive. The pizza was delicious and next time I would like to try some of the other types available, and perhaps a pasta dish as well.
I will be returning and I would recommend this place to locals looking for a great venue for a date night or family gathering (there is also a large function space at the back of the restaurant!).
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 9
- Food- 7.5
- Ambience- 7.5
- Value – 7.5
TCFB and MC dined as guests of The Sicilian, thanks to Ms Gomesz.