Before we left for Blue Mountains the five of us had decided to visit Crumb in Concord for a quick lunch. Little did we know that I would find another little gem which will go into my book of "Places that will offer good gnocchi".
The design of this place is sleek and stylish, with plenty of fresh air and sunlight mid-afternoon. There was plenty of room around each table which made the whole dining experience very comfortable for all.
Most of the dishes here come in two sizes - entree and main. As I was ordering I asked the waiter what the portion sizes were like, and he kindly suggested that I should order the entree size. I had been starving at the time and was highly tempted to go for the main, but I stuck to the waiter's suggestion.
Gnocchi Sorentina - Entree size - $14.90
I think judging by the photo one would agree that the waiter's suggestion had been a hugely responsible one. The main size probably would have fed two of me very easily that day. Big tick for service right there.
On top of that, the gnocchis were soft and pillowy and a huge delight to eat. Some were a tad doughy, but on the whole they were great. Still not as good as Machiavelli's, but definitely worth a visit back. Farfalle with Prawn and Broccoli - $19.90
AL and VH ordered off the board and got the Farfalle with Prawn and Broccoli. It was a tad on the bland side, and definitely the weakest order we received.
Linguine Gamberi - Main Size - $21.90
JL was absolutely starving to the point of potentially able to demolish an entire cow by himself. He opted for the Linguine Gamberi - Main size. All I can say that this place is definitely great value, and to top things off the prawns were fresh and bursty, and the scallops were cooked to perfection and so sweet.
It's going to be a tough choice between this and my gnocchi when I come back. Oh and yes, JL did finish the plate- except I don't think he could eat anything else for the rest of the day.
Spiendi Gamberi - $28.90
Spiendi Gamberi was HL's pick of the day. The prawns were grilled perfectly and boldly flavoured with parsley, garlic and lemon juice. The flavours were immensely satisfying and the portion size was pretty good.
However to put things into perspective, we were there on a Monday afternoon and the place was pretty quiet apart from a couple of other tables having a late lunch. Our glasses of water didn't come despite having repeatedly asked for it, but apart from that the service was pretty good. Quality wise I would suggest to order off the menu. The board was a disappointment for us, but the orders off the menu were really superb and gave smiles to all.
Crumb Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria
Shop 5, 114 Majors Bay Road
Concord, NSW 2137
Tel: (02) 8765 1414
Fax: (02) 8765 1413