By Net Geek
Be sure to check out the competition at the bottom of this blog post for your chance to win a free meal for two at Vapiano Sydney!
We have reviewed Vapiano before, as the Two Taste Buds can never keep their mitts off some delicious aldente pasta. Naturally, we jumped on the opportunity when they invited us to sample their new spring menu filled with offerings to bring us out of the cold and into the fresh new season!
Our lovely host Clare bestowing upon us some great Vapiano knowledge!
With winter still clinging on, a hearty soup hit the spot! It was extremely pumpkiny and was served to us as the entree with some toasty ciabatta croutons to top it off. Something to note is how so much of Vapiano’s inventory is made on location! The pasta is rolled in their own custom machine daily and the bread baked on site.
The soup was so good it gets two photos!
Another lovely addition to their offerings is the freshest of basil one can imagine! So fresh that you pick it yourself at your own leisure. Their small potted basil plants sit in front of diners adding both herby goodness and a lovely aesthetic. Everything in Vapiano seems to combine for a fresh and modern vibe.
Sharing stories over the communal Vapiano tables
The kitchen is open and always buzzing with action!
To begin the mains was a pizza fresh from the oven topped with premium Aussie air-dried salted beef, rocket, tomato sauce and in-house mozzarella. Oh so fresh! And we’re told the air-dried beef gets tip top marks health-wise compared to other cured meats. Drizzled with truffle olive oil, this pizza is very well paired to lovely spring days!
Drizzled with truffle oil!
As previously mentioned, a good aldente pasta is what we crave; and that is definitely what we were served. The Vapiano experience of getting to see your dish whipped up before your eyes at the pizza and pasta stations adds a new angle to eating pasta; a reason to come at least once even if you’re not the biggest pasta fan! The Risotto Pollo Levanto was creamy and golden with chunky chicken pieces. I picked many a basil leaf off my personal pot plant and it gave such a welcome fresh edge to the thick and rich sauce. Definitely a spring time winner. Second was the Pasta Gamberi Con Rosso; semi sundried tomatoes, plump prawns and pesto with a light chilli kick for good measure! By this point were getting close to our eating limits; but it was all too delicious to pass on!
Freshness levels off the charts!
For dessert our salted caramel cravings were quenched. White chocolate Cheesecake with Salted Caramel & Honeycomb always goes down a treat; and it was served in a charming little glass. The texture was smooth as butter and they were not afraid to make this salted caramel actually salty, while it was all topped off with some crispy honeycomb chunks. We downed every last bite despite how full we were!
Buttery smooth goodness!
Vapiano Sydney was kind enough to offer a free meal voucher to one of our readers and a guest of their choice. To enter, simply describe to us your favourite Italian dish in the comments below! (Make sure we can contact you too!) The best description will earn the writer a voucher shipped to them in the mail. While you’re at it, also be sure to follow Vapiano Sydney on Facebook, Twitter (@VapianoOz) and Instagram (VapianoAustralia)! (Competition closes 30 September 2014)
Open 11am daily
Closes 11pm Sunday to Thursday and midnight Friday to Saturday
Corner of King and York Street