Tuesday, March 1, 2011



Now that I've finished my Sydney posts, it's time to revisit Brisbane. I actually went to Mariosarti the night before we flew to Sydney, so the sequence is inaccurate. But... who cares :).

I remember a long, long time ago, mum told me that her colleague recommended Mariosarti in Toowong as a great Italian restaurant. At the time, I thought I was an amazing foodie even though I only knew a handful of restaurants. I hadn't heard of this one so I dismissed it as poor taste.

Since then, I've become more open-minded to restaurants. I mean, I'm pretty sure that at the time, I thought Sizzler's was gourmet (well not that bad but you know what I mean :p). I looked up Mariosarti and found the menu appealing so I decided to check it out.

We had coffee first (got to Toowong an hour before the booking) and then proceeded to look for the restaurant. It was actually pretty funny because we both stopped at the side of the road and said 'let's look up the address and GPS our way there'. After farting around with different programs, I suddenly realized 'oh... it's just across the road'. We looked, and there it was! It's like that St George iPhone App add (if you know what I mean).

Anyway... we had one of those coupon deals at Mariosarti: 2 glasses of wine, bruchette and mains of our choice.

Glass of wine each

We opted for a red and a white. I didn't think much of the wine but it was drinkable. I'm really not at all knowledgeable about wine. It has to be really amazing for me to think anything of it (the bottle we had at Rockpool comes to mind) and I'm happy if it's not awful.


Our bruchetta was served first. Bruchetta can be very plain and most non-Italian cafes use simple tomato, basil and possibly some cheese. This was more rustic and also contained roast tomato, capsicum, grilled onion and fresh mozarella. It was actually very tasty and I would definitely order it again.

For mains, I wanted pasta but decided against it because we were planning to go to an Italian restaurant in Sydney on the Sunday (this didn't end up happening). I chose the pork special of the day and Hien went for the steak.

Roast Kingaroy pork loin wrapped in coppa, baked polenta,covalo nero puree and grilled figs

I wasn't a huge fan of my pork to be honest. It was rather plain and I didn't think the figs went well with the dish.

Pork cross-section

It needed a good sauce or something to pull it all together. The meat itself seemed tough too.

Rib on the bone with a warm salad of marinated truss tomatoes, red wine braised onions, baby desiree potatoes and rocket, and caper and herb butter

I tried some of Hien's steak... not bad. He was rather impressed (and simultaneously appalled) at the giant nob of butter sitting on top of the fillet. What we both really liked was the salad. It was fresh and tangy with interesting potato crisps.

Although I didn't like my pork at Mariosarti, I feel as though it was my fault for not ordering something more Italian, like a pasta. I seem to do this a lot. The service was lovely though and the atmosphere was vibrant. I would like to go back to try some of their pastas.
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  1. Hello Hungry Kitten!
    All food blogs are well applauded in my opinion, and yours is no exception :)

    Mariosarti is one of my favourite restaurants so I feel qualified to comment on this blog in particular. And I am commenting because I, like you, am a self confessed foodie who likes to dine out...alot! I am also of a chef background so I know most of the processes involved to create the food, which helps alot when decifering the good from the bad(and why).

    It sounds like the pork in coppa was overcooked(a shame) because done correctly, sounds great. And the pairing of Pork and figs, or in fact other sweet fruits, ie; plums, cherries etc is a classic combination and works very well, again if done correctly.

    The butter that accompanies the steak (I have had this dish several times!) is a compound butter - that is, it's flavoured with herbs, capers etc and is a classic combination with steaks - mostly seen in french restaurants but some italian also.

    This place usually knocks out some pretty decent food, so i'm sure if you get back there you will be impressed :)

    Maybe next time ditch the voucher and order a wine from the list, and I can recommend to you the mushrooms or baby calamari from the entrees (my favourites) or the roast lamb rump is devine, if you like lamb!

    Looking forward to your next blog!

  2. Hi Kristen...

    You post was so informative! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I am really keen to try some of the other dishes. Do you have any recommendations for pasta at Mariosarti?