Even co-owner Oskar Rossi said it had been a long time when I finally dragged Boozy Friday Lunch Friend along for his Fico 101. The Two Girls first visited in January 2017, a short time after their opening.
The intervening eighteen months has served them well. They’ve just recently received a listing in the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Restaurants for 2018. It’s not easy to compete against the nation’s largest jurisdictions but this tucked away, relative new-comer, CBD bistro, rated number 76. Not bad. Not bad at all.
We arrived mid-Dark Mofo. The restaurant was full of visitors: fully committed peeps enjoying fine food for lunch and serious intentions towards the Winter Feast for dinner. #Respect.
I’d run into BFLF on the street just days before with the same intent and a stern warning. I wanted to enjoy myself but under absolutely no circumstances was I going to be convinced to order the chef’s table. Don’t even think about it. He reassured me we were on the same page. He had Winter Feast tickets too.
Oskar Rossi and Federica (Freddie) Andrisan are making beautiful food together. It’s the best food; sophistication made simple and accessible. The couple’s focus is on locally-sourced, seasonable food, Italian and bistro-style. The credentials are available for viewing, their primary providers are listed on the menu.
What we ate:
- Kingfish, soy, wasabi, coriander, $16
- Leek, comte, sable, $6 each x 2
- Orecchiette, kale, oyster, $24
- Pork cappelli del prete, swede, buffalo curd, $26
The kingfish was prepared in compressed little morsels and the sable melted in the mouth, the cheese and leek a perfect match. Both pasta dishes were terrifically fresh and full of flavour. There is nothing like house made pasta, with a delicate bite and simply dressed allowing gratitude to both the pasta and its accompaniment. We drank a low-intervention Pinot Noir bubbles, Dr Edge Dr Ongo. So full of fizz, it is safest poured directly in the mouth of a wine glass held at an angle. I kid you not. Conscious of the night ahead, we declined food dessert and chose a cocktail instead.
We were fortunate enough to have our courses presented by Oskar and Freddie. Freddie told us their plans to serve pasta into the wee small hours of Dark Mofo to help sustain the revellers.
‘When are you going to sleep?’ I asked.
She shrugged and giggled, ‘I have no idea!’
A little insight into why they’re so successful. Dedication and talent, taken to the next level.
Let us cook for you is $75 per person. The Two Girls tried it the first time – Fico.
Find them at 15 Macquarie Street, Hobart.
You can book on line on the their webpage – Fico.
Note: for busy sittings you will be asked for your credit card and charged for changes without sufficient notice.
If you don’t know Winter Feast you really must try next year. Here were a few of our favourite things this year – Winter Feast.