One of the best things about Newtown is that it’s very easy to get lost in the myriad of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Which is very convenient when your super-lazy mates are running an hour and a half late to an event you’re attending – as was the case on the night.
So after browsing a few art stores, looking at some quirky posters – as well as checking out the latest sneakers at a shoe store – I finally found myself waiting in line at The Italian Bowl. Which to say the least, is unlike any other Italian restaurant (or takeaway) I’ve visited before. Given that it was Friday night, the restaurant was absolutely packed and so unbelievably loud. It honestly reminded me of a market stall than a restaurant.
Thankfully, I spotted a seat and promptly placed my order of Fettuccini Aglio Olio King Prawns. Now if you’ve read some of my other Italian restaurant reviews, you’d know that I almost always order the Spaghetti Marinara, however, I’ve had quite a craving for white wine sauce for the past couple of weeks so this dish sounded perfect. Aside from this you can order pretty much any type of pasta dish you can think of, as well as your gnocchi’s, parmigiana etc.
Fettuccini Aglio Olio King Prawns (Small) – $16
King Prawns, garlic, chili, white wine, extra virgin olive oil & fresh rocket
So given The Italian Bowl isn’t a fine dining restaurant but more of a quick-eat/takeaway place; how did the food taste? Absolutely brilliant! The pasta was cooked really well and drowning in a sea of garlicky white wine and olive oil sauce. Which, despite the slight health concern, I loved very much! Every forkful was delightfully smothered in the sauce and combined with the fresh prawns, made for such a delicious meal!
Now the dish may look a little small in the photo, but that’s because I ordered the standard (small) size. Having said that, it still came with six prawns, which is great. There is nothing worse than a restaurant that skimps on seafood!
So there you have it. If you are looking for a quick bite to eat in Newtown – and can’t decide from the five hundred Thai restaurants on offer – why not go Italian instead and visit The Italian Bowl? It’s quick, cooked fresh, delicious and great value for money.
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