Deciding to eat out last night, we ended up at Bravo Trattoria in Crows Nest. The restaurant isnít new to the area. In fact it has been there for many years. However, ten months ago it moved into its new location at 59-61 Willoughby Road.
Set along a street full of cafes and restaurants, Bravoís corner position next to the park is open, bright and inviting. Itís mid-week and the restaurant is full. We hadnít made a booking, however, there was a free table outside and being such a humid night, it was perfect. Be warned there is a large tree in the park that houses Myna birds who made the loudest noises I have ever heard. In time we got use to it and eventually they were all silent, however, they were loud.
The outdoor furniture is very casual, comprising of simple two person tables with colourful beach style metal chairs, while inside there is more of a sophisticated style of seating. With large open windows along the front of the shop, with white tiled walls along the back, and one large black wall with the print of the map of Italy - the combination was quite effective.
We began with Bruschetta ($10.10 for 2 pieces). Freshly diced Roma tomatoes in olive oil spread onto crispy bread with a drizzling of thick, tangy vinaigrette dressing was the perfect starter.
For mains we chose the Pasta Messina ($23.50). A serving of penne pasta with pieces of chicken breast, sun dried tomatoes, chilli, garlic, mushrooms and tomato sauce. The sauce was quite rich in flavour and texture, with both the chicken and pasta perfectly cooked.
I chose the Chicken Funghi ($29.90). This was definitely the highlight of the night for me. The chicken was cooked beautifully. It was extremely tender and melted in my mouth. The sautťed mushrooms, and garlic in the white wine and cream sauce was to die for delicious. Served with potatoes, zucchini and carrots, this main was a winner for me. We also ordered a serving of the Greek salad ($12.90).
Bravo Trattoria has always been known for its delicious tasting, freshly made on the premises gelato. We chose to share the white choc raspberry and chocolate flavoured gelato, ($4.00 for two scoops). The chocolate was very rich with a strong chocolate flavour, it was absolutely delicious. The white choc raspberry for me didnít have the flavour I thought it would have, and that could simply have been because the chocolate was so overpowering. We ordered two espressos ($4.00) to go with our dessert. Everyone has their own preference for how they like their coffee. This coffee for my own personal taste was extremely strong and extremely bitter. Definitely not for me.
Overall it was a lovely night out, and definitely a restaurant worth trying. The food was wonderful. The staff were attentive and knowledgeable of the menu, and the food came out on time. I would have to say my only negative comment would be that we felt it was overpriced, and that for our family would be a consideration for any future visits.
Where: 59-61 Willoughby Road Crows Nest NSW
Why: Delicious food and great atmosphere
Cost: A little overpriced
When: Tuesday - Sunday, Lunch and Dinner
12pm - 11pm.