Still on my friend’s birthday, we took her out for lunch for one of her favourite foods- pasta! I was a bit nervous coming to Bicicletta in New Acton after reading so many negative reviews about their service, but I was going to take the risk because it sounded like the service was really poor during dinner.
I saw this restaurant through the Entertainment book newsletter and squealed thinking it was a new restaurant. It turns out, Bicicletta had been open for quite some time and I was too busy eating at The Flint and The Parlour Room (before the fire) to notice. The interior decor is quite interesting, I particularly liked the light bulbs ‘dripping’ out from the taps but with all the concrete surroundings, I could see how this restaurant could get very loud very fast during a busy service.
Pappardelle homemade pappardelle with duck ragù ($25.00) A thick rich sauce with perfect al dente pappardelle pasta.
Maccheroni alla sorrento chilli, garlic, basil,cherry tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella ($22.00) You could taste all the individual ingredients come together to make this great pasta dish, although I did think it was a small serving size.
Linguine marinara prawns, scallops, calamari, mussels and half crab garnished in a seafood bisque ($25.00) Delicious but I didn’t expect literally ‘half a crab’ in the pasta, I had tie my hair back and pray I didn’t get any on my pretty dress. I loved the rich thick tomato based sauce with tasty seafood, although not the easiest of things to eat with all the shells. I still needed to add parmesan cheese to my plate for that extra ‘ooompf’.
Hot chocolate and flat white- we didn’t stop for dessert but we did get some hot drinks to sweeten our palate.
We got a plate of mini candy with our bill.
The serves did seem small but I guess I prefer quality over quantity with my food (although a bit more wouldn’t hurt ). The service was good but that might be because the restaurant wasn’t full and everyone that was sitting down was already eating. I would love to come back and try their breakfast and high tea menu.
Address: Unit 1/15 Edingburgh Ave, Acton
Phone: (02) 6262 8683
Entertainment card: in the 2012/2013 Entertainment book