We’re fans of Fratelli Fresh – frequenting the Cafe Sopra at Alexandria and their Banofee Pie which if we think about (and not very strenuously), would go on any top desserts list. There’s a new Fratelli Fresh and the Parlamento is where you’d rather be if you’re dining this part of the city. The very official sounding Parlamento is now open for business taking over the spot of the old Nippon club.
About half a block down from the Hyde Park of Macquarie Street (opposite the mint) is the new Parlamento. Street side, there’s a couple of signage and that’s it.
Inside, its a darkly rich space with dark oaks, incandescents and 3 distinctive zones. It’s a richly luxe feel and the signature light they’ve set up lowers the volume of the space without adding bulk. There’s also a bit of a front bar that we discovered when we wander around after dinner. Dinner tonight was packed with an almost full house. Simon from Food Favourites has an article showing how it used to look. Link below.
Dinner tonight was a well orchestrated and sanguine affair. We start with their Zucchini flower stuffed with 5 italian cheeses $4.95 – itself a large well filled zucchini flowers. It’s delectable, freshly fried with a crispy batter and smooth cheese fillings. And like the banoffee an essential order here. Chicken liver Pate with green beans, cucumber & toast $22 Pan fried gnocchi with peas, pancetta, spinach & goats cheese $28 – We should note here that we ordered these thinking the gnocchi was small but it anything but – this was a main sized dish and the Chicken Liver Pate dish was also large enough for 2-4 persons. If you love pate, I think this one knocks out the best value all rounder. Great dish. Pan fried gnocchi had a slight crunch on the exterior, soft and pillowy on the inside and came pipping hot out of a baking dish. There’s heaps in there for a main, and it sat in a tangy tomato base. Mains of Barramundi and Grilled Veal (under $30) came – Barramundi was well cooked with a crispy skin and a side of basil, fresh snow peas and cherry tomatoes. The veal dish came with really tender veal that was charred just enough to impart smokey notes and yet remained succulent and soft. The tomato reduction on the plate was tangy and bright. We finished on their banoffee pie $15.50 which we’ve extolled the virtues of is the perfect end to a great dinner.
Fratelli Fresh Parlamento is a great addition to their numerous locals – we’re fans and we forget that their food is generous in volume and possibly over ordered. Priced well too. Service was efficient with a great attentive wait staff. Hugh fan.