The new ‘go-to’ restaurant from the same folks at one of our all time favourite restaurants–Press*– is onto another winner amongst their other popular eats (Bread and Bone Wood Grill, Maybe Mae, Proof, Melt CBD) which goes by the name of Osteria Oggi, where the main focus is on fresh pasta and other delicious and simple eats.
At first sight, the restaurant space appears narrow yet open and light, but a few steps in and towards the ‘back’ of the room, you’ll be impressed with the size of the restaurant with plenty of seating, perfect for big groups and parties. The stranger and I settled at the front bar counter and ordered a starter to share and a main each, something light and filling for a quick and easy lunch.
Raw scallops, fennel, celery, bottarga; $22.00
As you’re all aware now, scallops always win our taste buds, or mine at least! Unfortunately, this was a let down in terms of pricing. $22 for what honestly felt like one scallop which was sliced ever so thinly and scattered sparingly on the pretty plate, then dressed in fennel, celery and bottarga (salted cured fish roe) with a simple olive oil and lemon dressing and finished off with a few sprigs of dill and cracked pepper. The flavour was bright and zippy with a strong flavour of the sea from the scallops and the play on textures was fun, but we didn’t think it was enough and just hoped there was a bit more of the scallops to go around.
Let’s just hope the pastas were better…
Raviolo of egg yolk and mushroom ragù, nettle purée; $24.00
The stranger’s rather green and almost ‘clean’ looking pasta was a giant raviolo with a gooey egg yolk centre on top of a vibrant green pool of nettle puree and a variety of mushrooms with different textures and flavours. A rather tasty pasta dish which was green… really green, it tasted ‘green’ too – if that makes any sense! 😛
Tagliatelle, blue swimmer crab, blackened corn, black garlic puree; $28.00
The crab pasta won my taste buds yet again, a different take on the one from Press* but just as delicious, in a different way. Fresh tagliatelle pasta with nuggets of blue swimmer crab, sweet bursts of blackened corn, a flavourful and intense black garlic puree with a dollop of seafood (?) foam and plenty of kick and spice from a chopped red chilli. YUM! That chilli totally won our taste buds, as did the corn… and crab… and black garlic puree. Well, the whole dish was a winner! It was a bit oily which left a layer of grease on the palate, but aside from that, a very, very good crab pasta and one I’m sure we’ll be returning back for!
76 Pirie Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8359 2525