Parramatta has been undergoing a bit of a revival lately, with a lot of newcomers on the dining scene – but one of the older players is the Sicilian restaurant which has been around for the last decade on Church Street. The boy had been to the Sicilian a while back, but it has since been renovated and now features plush circular booth seats as part of its dark, contemporary decor.
Today we’re seated in one of the booths and we get straight into the modern Italian dishes on offer, starting with the plump, juicy Seared Scallops which were served with a delicious parsnip puree, garlic and home made crumbed potato chips on top for extra crunch. There were also some intriguing (and unsurprisingly sour) caper berries scattered throughout the dish, with mustard-like seeds inside.
Seared Scallops, $17.90
For a light antipasti to whet your appetite, there’s the Alla Romana mixed mushrooms which are sautéed with truffle oil, garlic and fresh parsley. The truffle oil is not particularly apparent, but it’s nice to have a blend of different mushrooms (including enoki mushrooms) to nibble on the slices of crusty white toast.
Alla Romana (mixed mushrooms), $6.50
For mains, I couldn’t go past the Lobster & Crab Ravioli which did not disappoint. Each home made ravioli was huge and full of tasty minced lobster and crabmeat, enveloped between silky smooth sheets of pasta. The creamy shellfish butter sauce which coated the ravioli was rather indulgent, offset with soft onions and cherry tomatoes. This is a dish best shared as it can get a little too rich after a while. I was quite surprised at how reasonably priced this dish was considering the amount of seafood, as some restaurants in the city would be charging at least $10-$15 more.
Lobster & Crab Ravioli, $28.90
We had spotted the woodfire pizza oven when we walked in, so we had to order one to try. We picked the Mimosa, which had wafer thin slivers of bresaola on top of a thin pizza base smeared with napolitana sauce and topped with rocket, fior di latte mozzarella, shaved parmesan, sweet corn kernels (an interesting touch) and lemon vinaigrette. One of the more unusual pizza flavour combos we’ve had. For the same price, I have to admit that I preferred the ravioli I ordered over the pizza as it is much more flavoursome.
Mimosa Pizza, $28.90
To finish off the meal, we went for the Creme Brulee which sadly did not have much of a caramelised sugar layer to crack through to get to the vanilla bean custard.
Creme Brulee, $12.90
We washed down all this modern Italian fare with a glass of T’Gallant Juliet Moscato, which was a nice aromatic white that wasn’t too overwhelmingly sweet and a glass of Tuscan red for the boy in the form of the Drove Chianti DOCG, as he’s been keen on Italian wines since our recent trip to Italy. The Chianti was chalkier and more acidic than the ones we had in Italy, but was still enjoyable.
T’Gallant Juliet Moscato, $9 (glass) and Drove Chianti DOCG, $10
Overall, we enjoyed our meal at the Sicilian, which is a nice, modern spot for a gourmet meal in bustling Parramatta and can cater for larger groups too with its spacious interiors. Although the prices are on the higher end for Western suburbs dining, the quality of their seafood dishes is worth the premium and it is far more reasonably priced than a comparable meal in the city.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Sicilian Restaurant
292 Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Ph: (02) 9633 2299