14 February 2014

Cibo, Parnell

Valentines Day sucks. I wanted to go to Ostro, but it was fully booked two weeks ago. My next option was Cibo but Valentines Day special degustation menu was a must on the day ($195 pp) which was a risky option for a first-timer. So instead of paying $400, we went to Cibo yesterday. :p

Cibo was an elegant and traditional looking restaurant with a lovely outdoor area on the side. We started with a Salt crusted prawn w pad thai (28) and were soon horrified. Two prawns for $28? One prawn for $14? What a profitable dish. Pad thai was way too salty I could not eat it. I've never had pad thai this bad. With a bit of disappointment and fear, we moved onto the mains. Char-grilled angus eye fillet (43) was presented on a dish like a piece of art. Accompanying oxtail french toast, spinach, horseradish and onions went perfectly nice with the meat. Oxtail french toast was a unique side which was soft but crunchy. Onions were to die for. Gameford duck leg (43) had a waiting time of 35 minutes which ended up being not worth the wait. Duck leg was very dry and even burnt at the bottom. Maybe 35 minutes was way too long. However we did enjoy a small piece of glazed duck breast it came with as well as the sesame lychee crumble. Cibo seemed to be very creative with all their dishes as all were special and different to other restaurants in their own way.

After we tasted the desserts, our entree and mains were erased from our memory. The Salted caramel peanut ice cream sandwich (17) were full of nut flavours. Glazed banana and spiced ganache supported this so well we basically scraped the dish for more. Tiramisu profiteroles (10) had a creamy smooth fillings with a crispy choux pastry outer. I am definitely coming back for all desserts listed here soon.

Service here is impeccable. Waiters are friendly and well mannered. The whole procedure of ordering was eased and relaxed as they were helpful and witty. I reckon all waiters should be trained here.

 Loved ♥ Desserts, desserts and desserts!

 Unloved  Prawn entree and duck.

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