We’re already fans of Vapiano’s fresh concept of making Italian dishes to order in front of you in a casual dining setting, so when we heard that they were doing some spring specials, we dropped in to see what would be on offer in the warmer months as Sydneysiders come out of hibernation. Tonight we’re trying a whole range of dishes (not just their pizza and pasta) compared to the last time we visited, which is very exciting. And what’s more exciting is that we’re running a competition to give you a chance to dine at Vapiano too! Keep reading for more details…
First up is a Classic Pumpkin Soup which is fairly smooth, but with a decently thick consistency. It’s served with some tasty garlic croutons, parmesan and basil, priming our appetites for more Italian goodness.
Classic Pumpkin Soup, $6.90
Next is the Pizza Porporano, which features some gourmet ingredients in the form of some slivers of wafer thin bresaola (air-dried salted beef), rocket, shaved parmesan, all drizzled with truffle olive oil for an extra hit of indulgence. The pizza is relatively light and crispy, with the salty bresaola and truffle oil anchoring it down in flavour.
Pizza Porporano, $19.90
For more substantial mains, we had the Pasta Gamberi Con Rosso, which is a tasty pasta (freshly made in house) served with juicy prawns, flavoured with mild chilli, semi sun-dried tomatoes and sun-dried tomato pesto for an extra kick.
Pasta Gamberi Con Rosso, $19.90 (above photo is not full size serving)
The other main we had was the Risotto Pollo Levanto, which was a delicious, creamy risotto with a mix of chicken, bacon and seasoned with garlic, chilli, red onion and topped off with parmesan and basil. The rice itself was cooked al dente, giving it a firm chewiness.
Risotto Pollo Levanto, $19.90
The spring special dessert is the decadent sounding White Choc Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and Honeycomb. It’s more like a deconstructed layered cheesecake, with most of the rich cheesecake itself sitting underneath a thick topping of rather salty caramel and chunks of honeycomb. It was a bit difficult to get to the cheesecake – you need to dig in to get to it, but once you get through the caramel barrier and mix it up a bit, it goes down much easier.
White Choc Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and Honeycomb, $5.90
The wine which we had paired with all these dishes was the Villa Maria Arneis which comes from New Zealand and the name of the grape comes from the Italian for ‘little rascal’ as it’s rather difficult to cultivate apparently. It’s a lovely white which is very easy to drink and it goes well with all the dishes we had from the spring menu.
Villa Maria Arneis, $9.50 (small) and $46 (bottle)
With their spring specials menu, Vapiano has given its roll call of dishes a seasonal revamp with some fresh new flavours shining through and even a risotto to add into the mix – well worth a return visit for an easy, casual meal with friends.
Want to win a dinner for two at Vapiano? We’ve got 4x of these to giveaway! Simply tell us here in the comments or on our Instagram Vapiano post “What is your favourite Italian dish and why?” The 4 entries judged to be the tastiest sounding will win, so brush up on describing those dishes!
Competition closes 2nd October 11:59pm. Full T&Cs here.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Vapiano.