Restaurant Guide

Cafe Paci: Restaurant review

If Cafe Paci were a piece of clothing, it would be a navy suit or little black dress – perfect for any occasion.

REVIEW

If Cafe Paci were a piece of clothing, it would be a navy suit or little black dress – perfect for any occasion. Whether it be for an apéritif and snack at the bar, a romantic night out or a long overdue catch up with friends, this high-energy European bistro slash wine bar never fails to deliver. The à la carte menu, which runs from small starters to large-format dishes, takes inspiration from chef and owner Pasi Petänen's Finnish roots, but also makes forays to Italy and France. Whatever the motivation, this is the kind of food people want to eat right now. Plump prawn and tarragon ravioli is pimped up with fermented chilli butter; potato dumplings are tossed in a rich and slightly funky smoked-trout XO; and a tender whole chicken comes glazed in black garlic then dressed in chicken fat vinaigrette. When it comes to wine, trust your waiter – everything on the list by Giorgio De Maria is fun and food-friendly.

ABOUT

Cafe Paci
131 King St, Newtown, NSW
(02) 9550 6196
cafepaci.com.au
Chef Pasi Petänen
Price guide $$
Bookings Recommended
Wheelchair access Yes
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.