“Off to Paddington!” we announce, as we rumble down Cleveland St in Madam Saucy’s newly acquired retro old Saab. With it’s clunky gearbox, sticky and heavy clutch and almost nonexistent handbrake, this barely roadworthy relic (which I found adorably charming) is the designated vehicle for the night. MedicineWoman bravely takes to wheel and we slowly but surely head towards Love Supreme, for an Italian themed light meal.
When we arrive, the place is packed. We wait patiently in line, beside the kitchen, where I see stacks of pizza trays hanging overhead. The kitchen is gratingly noisy at times, the restaurant a dimly lit cavernous room, filled with posses of smartly dressed Sydneysiders ready for a Saturday night – the accompanying bar readily obliging with drinks.
We’re greeted by a frantic lady, who is stressing that there are no tables and too long a line. We express we are happy to wait and are eventually seated at our table. Service was erratic and unreliable throughout the meal, with all staff we came across emitting a frustrated, flustered vibe, which was certainly contributing to the low level of service, perhaps they were understaffed that night. Feel free to find your own cutlery and water..
Shared between the three of us, I was happy with the variety offered, taking to the zucchini flower and artichoke hearts particularly well. Value is poor however, this plate costing $25.00, I’ve had better for less.
We weren’t particularly hungry that night and when this happens, it is not uncommon for Madam Saucy to order a serve of bruschetta for her main. Usually bruschetta portions suffice, but alas not this night. The serving was abysmally small - that’s two cherry tomatoes side by side on top! Taste wise, it was great, but even I could have finished that serve in one bite. We were lucky there were no famished males in our company. Again, value appears to be an issue.
Pizza is where this restaurant redeems itself - somewhat. MedicineWoman and I shared a pizza, which had no cheese on one half (MedicineWoman is vegan). I really enjoyed the flavours on this pizza, but was a bit dismayed at the presentation. Rustic is one thing, but we had to scrape most of the toppings from the plate back onto the base… The base itself was a tiny bit thicker than the one I had at Rosso Pomodoro, and had a more substantial crunch.
Overall, it appears to be a popular venue for locals, and the line continued to grow as we settled into our meal - I wouldn’t be deterred by this though as turnover appeared to be quick. Value is definitely an issue here for me; I’d recommend sticking to the pizzas. Not sure if I would come again, seeing as I have other much more satisfying pizza options much closer to home…
Opp Victoria Barracks