Akuna Bay has that magical hook doesn't it?... It's name conjures up beautiful imagery and let me tell you, on a sunny Sydney Autumn day, it is a gorgeous location to absorb its dramatic sandstone cliffs plunging into Cowan Creek. Attractions like this bring on my salivation in anticipation of a special lunch.
Our table on a covered veranda overlooks millions of bucks worth of boatery. Today is a surprise for my femme as i am not working this Sunday and this place is a Sunday-only eatery making it a perfect venue. The set Four-course menu is easy to choose from as it resembles a shared feast in an Italian home fit for weddings, with multiple platters of antipasto which fields flavours of deep fried prawns smothered in garlicky aioli, chargrilled radicchio, mini zucchini frittatas and a heavily laden board of salami, olives, ricotta ...... all swooped up with shreads of yummy Sardinian flatbread.
We choose a dry white from the heavy Italian vino on the shelves, with the help of our genial server Tammy. The choice rewards immediately being a Telave vermentino. Today's main is a pasta that is sublime with hunks of ragu'd slow-cooked pork shoulder companioned with thyme, tomato and lemon. The beef tagliata rubbed with herbs and chargrilled is a wow. The femme plumps for pan-fried barra with crispy caramelised corners that comes with minty zucchini alla scapece.
Sharing a sweet is our way of controlling the calories... ha-ha, says the femme tucking into the not too sweet orange and almond cake. We stroll for an hour circling the creek and hold hands while eschewing the gorgeous meal and local flora and fauna.
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