In celebrity interviews, they often ask what would be your last meal ever. Well, for me it would have to be at Otto Ristorante in Sydney, New South Wales. Not for the waterfront views or the sunshine that warms your face as you sit on the terrace with your first glass of wine of the evening, but for some of the most amazing food I have ever eaten. Perched on the redeveloped Fingers Wharf, just east of the City centre, Otto’s Ristorante sits in Woolloomooloo, a once unloved poor residential area.
Gentrification and 30 years later it’s now one of Sydney’s prime addresses. The Wharf is home to the Blue Hotel, which maximises the historic nature of the building with high ceilings, exposed beams and woodwork offering a boutique environment (well worth a stay). This mixed-use site, also houses 300 private apartments and a number of great bars and restaurants. However, my favourite and the one to host the “last meal” would be Otto’s Ristorante.
I would start with the Ravioli of pickled Beetroot, Goats Curd and Pistachio Horseradish which is clean and crisp but with great strong flavours and would follow with the Macceroneini, which is a braised rabbit within saffron tubes of Pasta, I had no idea rabbit could taste so good. I would then skip desert and go over to the Tilbury Hotel, a pub come restaurant, where we would drink the bar dry into the early hours– as it’s my last meal, who cares about the hangover!
www.ottoristorante.com.au and www.tilburyhotel.com.au