The concept of a pop up restaurant was explained to me as a venue that will be there for a short good time, rather than the long haul. Focus is on the food….not the venue renovations!
So when I found myself in Sydney recently and considering where to go for have dinner, I recalled the recommendation I had been given for Café Paci. The chef’s name is Pasi.
Well what a delight and surprise.
One tends to take a second look when a menu is handed to you that simply lists the ingredients of each course. No description - just the main ingredients. It crossed my mind that you would need to be confident in your end results to not feel that the diner needs a description of what they are to eat.
What a wonderful surprise that this menu was so clever and confident, but with humility.
Our waiter, Nick, was attentive and patient in the way he described each dish. Starters consisted of four very unique tastes. We simply did not appreciate that they were an amazing indication of what was to follow.
Zaltan our drink waiter (also helped Nick along the way) was very helpful and I was so glad to have tried a Chilean Chardonnay that really pleased my palette. I usually stick to those labels that are familiar to me and that I know I like. I do like a “chardy” that has full punch in my mouth. But the evening and venue seemed to encourage being different for a change.
This young man also delighted us later in the evening when we discovered he was from Budapest and given our upcoming plans to visit Hungary, it was great to receive a comprehensive list of places for coffee, afternoon tea and dinner to consider while we are there. Nothing beats recommendations from foodie locals!
A number of “mains” were served…..including a dish called “that’s amore”. The ingredients listed are described when the dish is served to you, as the traditional flavours for pizza, it is reasonable to say that this is not what you expect…..oh lordy, the taste was amazing though!