Dieci e Mezzo is a very impressionable restaurant in the heart of Civic. The dining space was sophisticated and unique, with a dazzling yet soft play of colours and lighting. I especially loved the ambience of the place.
The food and wine was excellent, and the service impeccable. My knowledge of the chef/owner, James Kidman, was very little however I was aware of the mark that he has made on the Canberra dining scene. The menu was varied and certainly reflected the seasonal aspect for which Kidman is well known for. It's a shame that he has since moved to Queensland to pursue his culinary career.
My lasting impression of Dieci e Mezzo lies with the waiteress whose undeniable knowledge of the menu, as well as the wines and local produce, proved to be flawless.
Octopus, cannelini beans and lentils served with grilled bread
Pickled ox tongue, quail eggs, turnips, radishes and aioli
|Fillet of ‘Cone Bay’ barramundi, squash caponata, burnt butter, sage and raisins||$32|
Local black truffle ($25 for a shaving over a meal)
|Char grilled pork cutlet, chestnut gnocci, broccoli, lemon and roasted chestnuts||$29|
|Celeriac, parsnip and potato mash||$9|
|Almond milk pannacotta, moscato poached pear, caramel icecream and gingerbread||$15|