Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm;
Dinner Mon-Thu 6pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm
Sarti's urban sanctuary of a rooftop terrace is arguably the CBD's best outdoor dining. Indeed, whether outdoors or in, Sarti's modern fare ranks among the city's primo Italian. Paolo Masciopinto's platings are as bright and seductive as a Missoni dress. Even vitello tonnato - traditionally, a dish that feasts the palate more than the eye - looks sexy, the classic tuna sauce replaced by creamy spheres of tuna "foam", next to elegant pink slips of veal. Pasta extends beyond the familiar, but not too far: pumpkin tagliatelle coated in a white wine-based rabbit ragù, say, dressed with pine nuts, pecorino and marjoram. Among secondi, the pork belly - its skin properly rendered and crisp - is heightened by notes both rich (cubes of blood pudding) and fresh (a verdant pea purée, cos hearts, mint). The bombolini are just fine. Better to stretch for the more ambitious caramel bavarese with salted popcorn; the perfect way to end a gold-class meal.
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