Three Courses Of Food Bliss at Cabiria
Caroline Wild | On 04, Aug 2014
Salami, lamb backstrap and chocolate fondant, oh my! Cabiria has truly hit the mark with their Good Food Month Wine & Dine dinner.
During Julyâ€™s Good Food Month we have been graced with many amazing meals and treats, but the three-course dinner with matching wines at Cabiria was one of our favourites. Located in The Barracks at Paddington, Cabiria is the self-proclaimed â€˜rum and red wine soaked, raspy voiced, little sister bar to Peasant, the Spanish restaurant also at The Barracks. Although Cabiria fuses a little Rome, Paris and New Orleans, this definition is a pretty accurate description as the bar and restaurant breathes warmth and character through its wooden interior, dim lighting, intimate nature and amazing bar setup.
The food was just as good as the atmosphere. The three-course meal began with Tarfuto salami and pickled cucumber, a simple and delicious mix of textures and flavour that was matched with a 2013 Miam Miam â€˜Cab/Francâ€™ (Loire). The subtle flavours of black fruit, currants and the crisp finish perfectly accompanied the saltiness of the cured meat and pickled cucumber.
Cabiria knows their wine, and source over 300 of them. When they offer a dinner matched with wines, they certainly deliver. The wine of the night was definitely theÂ 2012 Colli Tortonesi â€˜Barberaâ€™ (Piemonte). This delicious red that was matched with the main course of Lamb backstrap, smoked sheepâ€™s yoghurt, eggplant and mustard leaves, was divine. The tender cooked lamb was a winner, and the flavours of the smoked yoghurt with the kick of pepper and mustard leaves had us scraping the bowl clean!
In my opinion dessert is always the victor of any meal!Â Chocolate fondant, honeycomb and chantilly with a delightful pineapple reductionÂ was served.Â Warm chocolate, homemade crunchy honeycomb, rich light cream and the refreshing acidity of the pineapple proved to be a perfect combination of flavours and will have us returning in no time. The NV Bodega Alvear â€˜Pedro Ximenezâ€™ (Cordoba) had hints of nuts and bitterness, a great match for chocolate and dessert.
In case you missed out on the Good Food Month special, these delicious dishes are always available on their dinner menu, and their staff will certainly help you pick the right wine for your meal. If wine isnâ€™t your poison however, they also have a great rum and tequila selection too.
Whether youâ€™re going for a quick sandwich at lunch, an oyster and wine combo on a Sunday, or a delicious dinner like we did, Cabiria most definitely will not let you down.
What: Cabiria Luncheonette & Oyster Bar
Where: The Barracks 6/61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Website: Visit the Cabiria website