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Tre Scalini

Nibble on a bowl of olives or some sauteed mushrooms side-by-side with Sydney's famous and infamous at this discreet East Sydney eatery.


On an unassuming corner of Liverpool Street, Sydney's who's who gather. They don't come to be seen, in fact it is more likely they come not to be seen. A favourite haunt of Sydney's bankers, lawyers, musos and journos, Tre Scalini provides great food, discreet service, and a clever interior that is separated into smaller dining rooms; perfect for brokering a deal or negotiating the finer points on a contract.

The antipasto misto is a great place to start: the selection of hot and cold entrees is designed to be shared and features delicacies such as caprese salad, carpaccio of the day or char-grilled octopus. Alternatively, you can sample any of the dishes in their entirety. Seafood is the real specialty here, and you can't go past the house specialties for a main course. The fettuccine all' aragosta is undeniably addictive: the fettuccine is coated in a luscious garlic, tomato, brandy and cream sauce studded with large chunks of lobster tail. Alternatively try the scampi al limone con salsa: grilled Western Australian scampi served with lemon and tomato salsa. Side dishes include an Italian-style tomato salad with basil, red onion, chilli and olive oil, however it is the creamed spinach with parmesan and just a hint of nutmeg that shines above all else (yes, even the swanky clientele).

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