The Macadames review of Bicicletta’s Great Wine Dinner for Canberra Good Food Month.
*I visited Bicicletta as a guest but all opinions are my own.
After seeing the programme for the inaugural Canberra Times Good Food Month, I decided it was the perfect time to plunge back in to the Canberra restaurant scene – it’s been way too long!
2016 is the first year for the event in Canberra which claims to be the world’s largest food festival. Good Food Month hosts an impressive line-up of feature events including a visit from renowned NSW chef Matt Moran, Sydney’s booming Moon Park, Ross Lusted, the chef behind the three-hatted Sydney Good Food Month restaurant of the year The Bridge Room and more.
If you’re looking for some cool foodie events to attend, here’s my top picks for the rest of the month:
Bar Lourinhã Hits Monster, March 27; 12pm
Ultimate Seafood Dinner at C Dine Bar, March 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31; 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Dinner + Wine Night at Mezzalira, March 22; 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Chairman’s Friday Wine Club at Chairman & Yip, March 18, 25, 27; 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Red Earth + Ocean at Lanterne Rooms, March 15-19, 22-26, 29-31; 06:00pm – 10:30pm
Local Wine Dinner at Pulp Kitchen, March 15; 6:00pm – 11:30pm
Meet the Brewer & Tasting at Bent Spoke, March 16; 6:00pm – 07:00pm
Capital Cooking (history of cooking in the ACT) talk at Muse, March 13; 3:30pm – 04:30pm
Lunch in the Garden Pavilions at Pialligo Estate, March 17-18, 24-25, 31; 12:00pm – 02:00pm
Summer Long Lunch at Parlour, March 20; 1:00pm – 04:00pm
Bicicletta is a restaurant serving up la cuccina italiana, specialising in housemade pasta and seasonal produce from different regions of Italy and Australia. The venue combines a deli, cellar, provedore and restaurant where friends and family can catch up while sampling food and beverages that reflect the season.
The Great Wine Dinner featured no less than NINE exceptional Canberra wines, highlighting the region’s very best labels. The night was MC’d by award-winning wine critic, Nick Stock, and Canberra’s very own Bryan Martin (acclaimed local winemaker, author and food critic for the Canberra Times) as they showcased wines from eight of the region’s best winemakers matched to a four-course menu expertly prepared by Executive Chef, Rajib Ahmed.
Okay, that’s enough introduction, I know you’re dying to get to the good bit. The food + WINE.
We kicked off the meal with Prosecco in the hotel bar which had a relaxed vibe, although still very hotel-lobby-bar-esque, it has dim lighting and cosy seating.
Antipasto was soft Italian cheese wrapped in prosciutto with rocket and aged balsamic.
The prosciutto was perfect (I haven’t had as good since Italy), and the soft cheese creamy and chewy. The peppery rocket and sweet balsamic was a nice addition to balance out the flavours.
The entree was slow cooked carnaroli aged rice with saffron, scallops, pomodoro and lemon zest finished with grilled whole scampi and basil olive oil.
2015 Helm Riesling
2015 Lark Hill Viognier (my fav!)
2015 Nick O’Leary White rocks riesling
Although the risotto was cooked to perfection, the flavour left a bit to be desired, however this was welly and truly made up by a scampi I could only describe as exquisite. It was that perfect white-pink colour, bouncy in texture and so very sweet. I could have eaten dozens of those, very easily.
Main course was a highlight, lamb cutlets with crusted mixed herbs and red wine, carpaccio potatoes, asparagus and cannellini bean puree.
2015 Eden Road P3
2015 Ravensworth Gamay (my fav!)
2015 Ravenswoth Grenache Cinsault
The lamb was cooked perfectly (amazing considering the chef did about 60 meals at the same time) and the herbed crust and sesame seeds were a delightful addition. The potatoes, asparagus and bean puree married perfectly with the tender lamb.
Dessert was a selection of Italian cheeses served with crostini, honey, marmalade, walnuts, muscatel grapes and Italian crackers.
2014 Lerida Estate Josephine Pinot Noir
2015 Mt Majura TSG
2014 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier (my favourite of the whole night!)
All three cheeses were delicious, my favourite being the truffle infused cheese drizzled with a bit of honey. Bellissimo!
My husband literally can’t have an italian meal without Tiramisu so we finished the meal playing spoon wars for this pot of deliciousness.
That sums up the menu at Bicicletta for the 2016 Great Wine Dinner. I highly suggest getting involved in Canberra’s Good Food Month and look forward to hearing your comments about your favourite events. Keep posted for my review of Red Earth + Ocean at Lanterne Rooms in Campbell later in the month.
For more information about Bicicletta, see below.
Address: 1/15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601
Open: Breakfast Mon – Sun: 7am – 11am, Lunch Mon – Sun: 12noon – 3pm, Pizza Window Mon – Fri: 12noon – 3pm, Dinner Mon – Sun: 5pm – 10pm
Phone: 02 6262 8683
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, I love to see you exploring Canberra.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx