Today was such a wet day. Rain, rain and more rain. Which is not very usual for Sydney. However, I'm happy it is slowly getting a bit colder. Bring on winter! (Sydney winter is 20 degrees and sunny, so I should say 'Bring on spring'!)
It was fairly easy to get a table at York Trading & Co. I emailed yesterday to make a booking for today and they still had space. A warm filling dinner is just what I needed after such a rainy and relatively cold (Sydney cold) day. MrBehomeforT was very hungry too.
York Trading & Co is quite a small bar located on .... surprise surprise... York street in the CBD, a 5 minute walk from Wynyard. The place is not very big and has some tables at the back for diners. Both the bar and the restaurant were quite busy. Because there were quite a few people at the bar it was a bit noisy in the dining area, but not so bad that you could not hear each other.
The place is dark, romantic and has beautiful paintings on the wall. The tables are decorated with cute little lamps instead of candles, something different.
Service was excellent and we were in and out of the place in about an hour! Some people may not like this but considering it was a weeknight, we were both hungry and quite keen to go home and relax it actually was a good thing.
Pretty soon after we ordered we were brought our entree to share.
Saffron Arancini Ham ragu & stracchino cheese (3 for $9)
These aranchini were beautifully crispy on the outside, and gooey on the inside. The rice still had some texture to it (some arancini are very mushy) and the flavour was creamy and a bit tangy but I could not really taste the ham. The crispiness was fantastic though, and I did really enjoy these beautiful rice balls.
Almost immediately after we had finished the arancini the mains were served.
Parpadelle with duck and mushrooms ($28)
The parpadelle and the duck were cooked really well. The mushrooms had a nice texture and were not completely softened and the pasta was cooked to perfection. The sauce was creamy and had a nice flavour. However, I would not say that this is the best pasta I have ever eaten, but still pretty good.
Spaghetti and wild boar meats in spicy tomato and herb sauce ($22)
You don't often see wild boar meatballs on the menu. Well, at least not in Sydney. I have to rely on MrBehomeforT's review here, because I don't eat spicy food. Whaaat? Yes, you heard that right. No spicy food for me. Anyway, all I can say is that MrBehomeforT did enjoy his pasta. I asked him how the meatballs were. "Yeah, allright" he said. I asked: "how was the pasta?" "Yeah, good", he said. So I won't be able to provide you with more information about this one, except that it was spicy, apparently.
YT&Co Tiramisu with chocolate caramel, espresso mascarpone and cherry liquor brioche ($15)
If there is tiramisu on the menu I order it. I LOVE tiramisu! This specific tiramisu looked so pretty! It even had little flowers in it.
The chocolate caramel was sweet and a little salty and made this tiramisu a bit different from other tiramisu's. The espresso mascarpone was light and the coffee flavour was not overpowering. I was not sure about the cherry liquor brioche. It wasn't as moist as I expected. This still was a very nice dessert though.
If you want to have a quick weeknight dinner without the price tag then York Trading & Co is your place to go.
York Trading & Co
28 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9299 3389
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