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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Macchiato, Sydney

porchetta pizza
Daily special
Porchetta, mushrooms, fetta and capsicum

A one-hour lunchtime rendezvous is always a tricky endeavour. Although Sydney isn't as spread out as, say London or New York, finding a convenient classy venue for foodie friends is an onerous task indeed.

Inevitably we end up at Macchiato on the corner of Pitt and Liverpool Streets. It's central, snazzy and service is snappy. It's also inevitably popular with office gatherings.

macchiato interior

The decor is hip without being pretentious -- chocolate brown tables and white moulded chairs, lights hanging overhead and a platformed terrain providing a series of nooks and crannies.

Lunch menu options vary from sandwiches, wraps and burgers, to more substantial meals of linguini prawns, lamb shanks and chicken risotto. In a pre-blogging life I've had the shanks before (fair but not grand, from memory), but on the last couple of times we've converged here it's generally been pizzas all round.

olive pizza
Olive pizza bread $4.50

The olive pizza bread was crisp and almost like grissini. Brushed lightly with olive tapenade, these were still compellingly addictive and disappeared rather rapidly.

steamed vegetables
Steamed vegetables $8.90

A side of vegetables at $8.90 did not appear as we thought they would. We've ordered the vegetables twice now and have been consistently disappointed with the lack of quantity and quality. The unpeeled carrot was also a bit of a mystery too.

Fortunately their pizzas rarely fail to disappoint. Made fresh and woodfired in the open kitchen, we've emerged a couple of times with our hair smelling of pizza all afternoon.

vegetarian pizza
Macchiato pizza $17.90
Roasted capsicum, grilled onion, eggplant, fetta, cheese,
mushroom, roasted pumpkin, rosemary and olives

tandoori pizza
Bombay pizza $18.90
Tandoori chicken marinated in Indian spices, onions
and garnished with peanuts, chutney, mint and
cucumber yoghurt and pappadum

The bases here always have a pleasing crispness to them and the range of toppings is varied enough to suit most finicky palates. A roasted vegetable pizza usually sways me on any menu but I find the Macchiato version a little too chunky and healthy for my liking. I like my vegetables marinated, caramelised and drizzled with olive oil, but this version suits my health-conscious dining partners (ptooey).

Instead I've now been swayed by the Bombay pizza, a combination I previously held with a certain level of food snobbery contempt. Oh how the mighty have fallen, as I now find the tender spicy chicken irrresistable, and the pappadum sail provides a bonus entree.

Best of all they serve good coffee. Sufficient redemption as you wonder aloud several hours later, "Do you smell... pizza?"

macchiato exterior
Macchiato
338 Pitt Street, Sydney

Tel: +61 (02) 9262 9525

Open:
Monday - Friday 7am until late
Saturday 5pm until late

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Macchiato, September 2006

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 11/01/2005 11:59:00 pm


10 Comments:

  • At 11/02/2005 12:55 am, Blogger Nic said…

    Hey, I've been there! I can't say that I totally remember what I had, but those tasty pictures seem to be jogging my memory a bit, A.G. Whatever it was that I ate, I'm pretty sure it was tasty.

     
  • At 11/02/2005 4:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow - that is one miserable plate of vegetables!! *L* - cheers Belinda T.

     
  • At 11/02/2005 8:32 pm, Blogger deborah said…

    mmm the daily special looks tasty!

     
  • At 11/03/2005 3:23 am, Blogger Catesa said…

    yep, im just too hungry to be here right now. from the sushi to the pizza im about to pass out in a puddle of my own drool. beautiful tasty looking shots as always :)

     
  • At 11/03/2005 5:57 am, Anonymous Mama BoK said…

    Yums..!! yes.. i remember macchiato..AG..!!!
    I did love the pizza.. but the rest of the things that i had there.. was hmmm.. lets just say... ok lah..!

     
  • At 11/03/2005 8:00 am, Blogger J said…

    hi ag, only you could have possibly persuaded me that a slice of bombay pizza could be a slice of pure heaven ;)

     
  • At 11/03/2005 9:17 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Nic - Good memory! I wish we'd known of each other when you were here. I would've loved to have given you a personal foodie tour, although methinks you fared well on your own anyway =)

    Hi Belinda - lol. That's what we thought!

    Hi Saffron - It had a name, but I've forgotten (doh!). I think it was a Bogart Special or something?

    Hi Catesa - Sorry to cause you pain, but I know exactly what you mean. Happens to me everytime I go foodblog surfing!

    Hi Mama BoK - lol. I knew you would've made your way here. Yes I think their forte is definitely pizza.

    Hi J - Hehe. Much easier job to eat out than create stunning masterpieces like you do!

     
  • At 11/11/2005 2:52 pm, Anonymous Benn said…

    Dined for lunch and left in disgust only paying a portion of the bill.

    Terrible service. Caesar salad was terrible. Seems that anchovy, egg and bread of any description is an extra these days.

     
  • At 1/06/2006 1:49 am, Blogger Dirk said…

    Have been there for breakfast a few times when I was in Down Under. Loved the breakfast, especially the Macchiato Muesli.

     
  • At 2/16/2006 7:02 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Benn - I haven't had any such trouble so far, but then I haven't had the Caesar salad =)

    Hi Dirk - Yet to get there for breakfast, altho I have to confess I'm always tempted by the hot cooked stuffed at eat-out-breakfasts! I'll have to investigate...

     

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