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Food/wine/coffee

By Law Institute Journal

Opinions Wellbeing 


Food Berto’s 180 William Street It seems like only yesterday that the street front location at the bottom of Menzies Chambers was occupied by Ilia café, a happening place for the legal set. But for a handful of years since the space has been filled by Berto’s, a modern, casual Italian eatery. The interior is a little glum with polished concrete floors, uncovered, laminated tables and barely adequate lighting. The space is rescued by large blackboards across the far wall and a retaining pillar on which a promising menu is set out in scrawling handwriting. The entrée menu lacks the antipasto platter that I was hoping for, so we head straight to main course. Today’s fish is barramundi ($35), very well cooked with crispy skin and moist flesh, paired nicely with garlicky wilted baby spinach and cubes of lightly dressed roasted beetroot and borlotti beans. Pumpkin gnocchi ($27) is excellent, with a perfectly toothsome texture and a sweet but well balanced sauce flavoured with wine, shallots, sage and other fresh herbs. We try both desserts: cheesecake ($14.90) consists of a slightly too hard and thick biscuit base, a layer of sweetened mascarpone and fresh passionfruit, and is tasty enough but in my opinion overpriced; and espresso panna cotta ($11.90), beautifully set, with nice biscotti crumbs and a crisp, delicate tuille.

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