Cafe Paci sits in the Pacifico Building on Riley street. The colourful Red,Yellow Green, exterior now houses Cafe Paci and for $85, you get a set menu that eats very much like a degustation. Very interesting venue, and the food was a delight. Its only here for a year and the clock is ticking. Once time is up – the site and the 2 adjoinging ones will be demolished for apartments. No doubt it’d resurface somewhere else but you would have eaten here first. Regardless, Cafe Paci is highly Recommended.

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We arrive at 6.30pm at Cafe Paci and it is mostly empty but quickly fills out. Interior is grey throughout and theres something to be said about keeping it neutral.

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We start with some red duck beer and Pilsner.

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This mural… it really looks like someone I know.

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Their menu is seasonal – we went in December and the November menu is still active.

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Snacks. Puffed Barramundi skin,poppy seed, lemon curd coated asparagus, and some sort of thinly sliced bread. lovely flavours. The barramundi skin had what tasted like vinegar dust.

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This was rye mini tortillas with stuff on top. very lightly flavoured

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3 day bread, house made butter and the bread was brushed with molasses. Its funny that bread would be a highlight but this was really just lovely to eat.

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Sashimi Prawn (almost asiany in taste), tomatoes, sour cream and raspberry. complex, rich and packed a real flavour punch.

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veal tartare, broccoli. an excellent rendition of a tartare and very tender. There’s bone marrow and anchovy to which resulted in a silky finish.

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BLT. a deconstructed CP BLT (yellow is meyer lemon curd). Fantastic. Doesn’t look like much but its again, it tastes like a BLT but better even

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Photato. Asian Pho inspired dish. With potato strands hidden under there. Beef barely cooked. Delicious and we picked away at its components.

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Yogurt Mousse, Carrot and Liquorice  – the start of the dessert round. Despite my reservations with liquorice, here it was light and didn’t overpower like you’d associate with that flavouring.

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Parsley Sorbet, banana and malt round. Quite interesting. Companion couldn’t handle the parsley but I quite enjoyed this.

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Petit Fours – Popcorn+Butter candy floor and pork crackles coated in dark chocolate with fennell seeds.

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About 9pm. We’re done with the meal, the sun’s set and Paci feels and looks very different.

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Packed and yes, you can sit at the bar.

This was quite an interesting dinner – its basically a degust for $85 and sort of kicking myself for not getting the optional cheese plate now. Interesting flavours, amazing food and a nice vibe in here when packed. Can’t say enough good things about this – from service to food. Ace. One of our top meals 2013 and we’ll be back when the menu changes.
Links

http://www.cafepaci.com.au/

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