Some of the best dining experiences I’ve had always involve a charming, knowledgeable and entertaining waiter. 1889 Enoteca was no different. Andre, our Italian waiter for the evening was attentive but not intrusive and once he realised we were interested in Italian wine, he didn’t hesitate to let his personality and his love for Italian food and wine shine through.
1889 Enoteca, in the trendy Woolloongabba dining precinct, is a perfect winter evening restaurant. It’s cosy and charming, with plush seating, brick walls, large mirrors, a long bar and one of the best Italian wine cellars in Brisbane.
Dining with our foodie friends Miss P and her other half Mr M, we started with the house-made bread with evo and the Affettati misti (hand-made cured meats and caper berries). The bread was warm and delicious. The meats consisted of two varieties of salami, prosciutto and a firey meat paste that only Al could manage to consume. It was seriously hot. This was a great way to get our appetite ready for the gorgeous meals to come.
For entree we ordered; Vitello tonnato (thinly sliced veal, tuna mayonnaise, olives and zucchini), Fiori di zucca (fried zucchini flowers, mozzarella, anchovy), Funghi portabello (portabello mushrooms, thyme and salted ricotta) and calamari with radiccho and the yummiest sauce ever (very sorry, this dish was a special and not on the printed menu so I can’t actually remember what the Italian name is).
I’ve always wanted to try Vitello tonnato. I’ve seen it on many menus but never actually ordered it. Tonight was the night and I was so in love after the first bite! Tender veal with a creamy tuna mayonnaise and green olives. Beautifully seasoned, every mouthful was a joy. The calamari dish was tender and so full of flavour as were the mushrooms with the finely shaved ricotta. Typical food lovers that we are, we all fed each other a bite and ‘ooohhhhed and arrhhhhed’, excited about the arrival of our mains.
For mains I ordered the Tagliatelle con gamberi (pasta with prawns, garlic and chili) an unusual choice for me. I expected a bigger chili hit but this was actually quite a mild dish. Miss P ordered the Gnocchi di patate con salsiccia (potato gnocchi, pork and fennel sausage and black truffle tapenade). What a flavoursome dish this was. So rich and perfect for a winter night. Mr M ordered the Tagliata di manzo con rucola (beef sirloin, rocket and aged balsamic). The beef melt in your mouth tender and perfectly cooked. Al went with his all time favourite Italian dish, Saltimbocca alla Romana (veal, proscuitto, sage and lentils). A hearty serve of perfectly cooked veal and the accompaniment of lentils was really delicious. We also drank a bottle of Nebbiolo with our entrees and a bottle of Barbera with our mains.
Although Miss P and I were very keen to try the Crostata di cioccolato fondente e sorbetto al mascarpone (dark chocolate tart with mascarpone sorbet) we realised we were full up to kittys bow. Al ordered Pannacotta con amarena e amaretti (vanilla pannacotta, amarena cherries and biscotti). This was a perfect execution of pannacotta, light with a big hit of vanilla, a spoonful went beautifully with our espressos.
Enoteca currently has a Vera Cucina Romana (real Roman food) menu. For $95 per person you can experience a four course meal of the flavours of Rome or every Friday after work from 4:30 to 6:30 pm relax with an Aperol Spritz, Campari soda, Peroni Tradizionale or Prosecco including some complimentary antipasti with your drink.
We really loved the Enoteca experience. The food, wine, ambience, it’s got it all and is high on our list of “we’ll be back”.
ph 07 3392 4315
Closed Sunday and Monday.