Godfather Nic decided to drop by Perth for a personal visit – so Edan made special effort to see him… at L’enoteca – a very cosy italian joint in Vic Park. A new place because Edan’s been dining at new places since he was in the womb.
We started out by sharing a few entrees.
The Pork, rabbit, pistachio terrine ($15) is definitely worth getting. The meats were distinct, juicy and the terrine was simply flavoured with thyme and parsley – yet it tasted special. All of us really enjoyed it. The cheesy crisp bread is made in house and is delicious. Two of us, however, felt the terrine would be better complemented with toasted baguette slices.
The Marinated Octopus ($8) was standard…no complaints, expectedly juicy but nothing entirely special. Much like the chicken wings (no picture) that were supposedly stuffed with mushrooms, pork and veal mince ($15).
I was pretty excited about my main: Handmade potato gnocchi with a creamy dolce gorgonzola & pistachio sauce ($25) which reached expectations in my opinion. Nice, soft potatoey pillows in a rich sauce that I am sure is mainly cheese and less cream. The pistachios were a great touch – a little too soft to some but ok to me.
We were also excited about Jay’s handmade chestnut tagliatelle but it was pretty disappointing. While the noodles were wonderful in terms of texture (bounce), the mushroom ragu might have been lacking…. salt? Perhaps the dish required more shaved truffle pecorino because I didn’t taste it in it….There were flavours from chestnuts and mushroom but they didn’t meld together as things should in a good pasta dish. The idea is great but the execution was a bit lacking. This dish however gets most points for wow potential.
Nic’s handmade braised beef cheek ravioli ($25) were generously made – each cushion filled out with tasty, juicy pulled beef. The sauce however, didn’t do it justice. Nic felt the tart tomato sauce overpowered the dish.