L’Osteria at The Flynn – Sydney CBD
Posted on December 29, 2013 by DL
For the few lucky souls who have spent some time in their lives slaving away in an office cubicle somewhere in Sydney’s CBD area, dropping by number two Bligh Street meant a cruisey lunch watching sport or a chilled afternoon with some colleagues. Some of us will remember the good ol’ Bligh Bar, while for others, The Flynn will be all that is etched into their memories. Given its recent renewal, the Flynn kindly invited Team FMC to take a look at its new dining area – L’Osteria.
New and stylised in the glamorous 40’s, The Flynn seeks to evoke the bad boy appeal of Errol Flynn: “irreverent, cheeky and with loads of character”. Not sure if those words are necessarily the first words one would associate with Errol Flynn, but he’s nonetheless a character that sparks plenty of intrigue.
Calamari Fritti with Lemongrass Mayonnaise – $13/$17
We arrived on a Monday night, just a hint over a week away from Christmas and the Ashes playing in the background. The place was bustling, filled with office workers catching up for some drinks and cricket. The wide open entrance allowed in plenty of light and fresh air into its space. The dining space in L’Osteria is well managed, with the 9-5 suits nicely split away from the diners at the back to minimise spillover crowds. The staff are friendly, attentive, and overall the atmosphere is quite comfortable for a place to chill after work.
We were told that the menu here is a 1930s to 40s inspired Italian Diner – which sadly meant that the bad boy Aussie-turned-American appeal of Errol doesn’t quite make it to the dining section of the bar. One quick look at it is apparent that there is still a tight balancing act between the need to satisfy the regulars who visit for the typical pub grub, and those opting for something different. We are nevertheless taken by the Calamari Fritti, which were light and crispy. The lemongrass mayo unfortunately could have done with a heavier hit of lemongrass.
The bartender offered a special cocktail off the menu for DL – Smoked Coffee – which, if you have been following this blog, was right up DL’s alley. We both expected a dark-ish coloured cocktail, but this one came light and slightly yellowish in colour which took us both by surprise. There was a distinct orange and lemon flavour, and the coffee beans carefully smoked to exude a luscious smokey fragrance into the drink.
If you’re opting for something refreshing and feminine – The Flynn is definitely my recommendation for the evening. A gorgeous orange and citrus flavour highlighted with a hint of rose, it is the ultimate summer drink for a lady’s night out.
Angel Hair with Yellow Fin Tuna, Eschallots, Capers, Lemon Vinaigrette, Tomato, Chilli – $21
For our mains we ordered a serve of the Angel Hair with Yellow Fin Tuna. The tuna here was perfectly cooked with plenty of flavour and pink on the inside. Large capers provided a burst of tang and saltiness with every bite, meshing perfectly with the hint of lemon and chilli in the background.
Roast Duck Pizza with Hoisin, Cucumber, Coriander, Spring Onion – $23
The Roast Duck Pizza was essentially Peking duck in pizza form – althought I’m not sure if this would still fall within the theme of 30s & 40s Italian. The pizza may have benefited with a bit more cucumber, larger duck pieces and less hoisin, but overall we were quite happy with it nonetheless.
Gnocchi with Garden Basil, Tomato Sugo & Pecorino – $16
And finally I ordered a serve of the Gnocchi. Being an absolute gnocchi-fiend, I was absolutely stoked to find this as the vegetarian option at a bar. The tomato sugo was perfectly seasoned, full of flavour, and nicely accentuated by the hit of fresh basil. The gnocchi was just a little bit on the dense side, but still punched well above expectations for what I expected from a bar.
As for the Flynn and L’Osteria in general? My take is this: look away from the Errol Flynn 1940’s references – if only for a moment – for they have a team who know how to cook, and a team that most certainly knows how to give you a memorable cocktail. Where they come up short is perhaps in choosing the right words to describe how they got there in the first place.
Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post hosted by the The Flynn. All opinions, observations and recommendations are strictly our own.
2a Bligh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9223 0037
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