When I picture Italian dining I either see a large group of people sitting along a table, talking loudly, gesturing with their hands and sharing large platters of food or I see a couple gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes over oversized glasses of red wine.
Remos at Waterfall Corner certainly lives up to the former image I have. Step inside an Italian restaurant with bright red booths, Vespa scooters on display and framed images of the good life. Upbeat music plays loudly while groups of people are talking animatedly at all the tables. It’s a Sunday afternoon and if you didn’t book a table, be prepared to wait – it’s packed!
We sit down and peruse the wine menu. It’s extensive and the wines on offer range from familiar to something different. It’s refreshing to see a wide selection. And included on the menu is Italian wine – something you want to see more of at Italian restaurants.
The menu is extensive and covers Italian classics as well as pasta, pizza and burgers. There’s definitely a good variety and most patrons should find something to keep them happy.
We started with two starters which can also be ordered as a light meal. The Haloumi fingers arrived with a polenta crumb – an interesting dimension. These were cooked perfectly and there was no rubbery texture that so many places think is acceptable for haloumi. The Bagnette alla Mamma was a hit! Anchovies marinated in olive oil and vinegar with garlic, parsley and chilli were served with marinated peppers, Gran Padano and crusty bread. The flavor combination was powerful and well rounded. Thankfully they sell this delight at the deli attached to Remos so we could buy some to take home and enjoy again.
As tempting as the Secondi and Grill items looked, we noticed more tables around us ordering the pizzas and pastas. I selected The Teo Musso (pizza with chicken, mushroom, red onion marmalade, garlic and rosemary) and my partner ordered Pasta con Funghi (tagliatelli pasta with mushrooms, garlic, white wine, thyme, cream and truffle oil).
The pizza is served on a thin and crispy base with generous toppings. I personally would have preferred more rosemary but this is a preference and not a criticism. The pasta was cooked al dente and the sauce a good balance. The mushrooms were plenty and the truffle oil shone through delicately.
After a debate and some good conversation, we decided that it would be rude not to try the desserts, however, we both agreed not to have something familiar. We ordered neat espresso’s and an accompanying sweet treat.
The Bonet was a delicious combination of custard with rum, dark chocolate and Amaretti biscuit. However, the Butterscotch budino hit all the right spots for me. Butterscotch custard with fudge sauce and whipped cream.
After our meal we browsed the deli. There is a lovely selection of Italian products – pasta, wine, cheese, meat and various other goodies. Worth popping in for the deli alone!
Overall the food was delightful and the atmosphere jovial. I recommend Remos to anyone who enjoys good food, generous portions and doesn’t mind good music. If you’re not near Waterfall Corner, it’s worth the trip out. Do phone ahead and make a reservation during busy times.