Thursday, 20 March 2014

Francoforte Spaghetti Bar

Wednesday night out with the pregnant ones and I suggested we check out Francoforte Spaghetti Bar in Northbridge, a place I've walked past a few times and still found interesting. On a Wednesday night at 6pm, there were already other patrons having dinner. We weren't early enough to get our own table and had to sit at the communal table which was fine as we were sat on one end with a couple sat on the other end. DT and RN were already there and had decided on what they wanted and as they are both pregnant we couldn't order the antipasto plate so settled on ordering four small pastas instead.

Our order
Porco Rosso (Italian tomato sugo and traditional pork sausages, with spaghetti) $14
Eggplant Sugo (Italian tomato sugo and seasoned eggplant with spaghetti) $13
Guanciale Carbonara (Cured pigs cheek, parmesan and pecorino cheese, with spaghetti) $14
Squid in Vino (Squid, anchovy, capers, chickpeas, spinach, cherry tomatoes and white wine, with spaghetti) $14
Chilli $1
Parmesan $1

We were hungry but it took around 30-40 minutes before our food arrived and it wasn't even busy.

Food and presentation - 3.5/5
Luckily, our pastas were cooked al dente the way we all like it and the sauces were also nice and authentic. Our favourite was the carbonara because it was proper carbonara (like the ones you get in Italy and not the creamy carbonara) and it was very tasty. Eventhough the eggplant and sausage pasta had the same sauce, we all preferred the eggplant version better and we weren't quite sure about the squid pasta because it was a bit tasteless (we felt it needed some garlic, salt and chilli) and this brought the score down. I think this is the most authentic Italian pasta I've had in Perth!
Porco Rosso $14
Eggplant Sugo $13
Guanciale Carbonara $14
Squid in Vino $14

Service - 3.5/5
Word of advice: order and pay at the counter first or you'll get hungry waiting around for someone to take your order. The one and only waitress who mans the counter and brings out the food was nice and friendly but didn't provide much other service which we did not expect at a casual spaghetti bar. Nothing to complain about in terms of service but nothing to really rave about either. My only other complaint was the length of time we had to wait for our food especially since they were not full and most of the other patrons were already eating so were not waiting for their food.

We were lucky enough to have a chat to the owner's mum as we were leaving and she is such a sweet lady. We commented on how nice the pasta was and asked if her son was also the chef and she said he's not a chef, he just learnt from family recipes (such a mum response and so cute) so we told her that she must be a great cook. By the way, they are Italian which makes sense why the dishes are so authentic.

Atmosphere and decor - 4/5
Very casual and trendy. I like the feel of the spaghetti bar including the communal table, the bar table at the window looking out onto the laneway and the unfinished walls.
Value for money - 4/5
For under $20 per person it was well worth it for four small pasta dishes which weren't actually too small and one would've been enough to fill me up. However I was a bit annoyed that I had to pay $1 for a tiny portion of parmesan and of chilli.

Will come back when I need a pasta fix and in Northbridge but hopefully they won't take as long next time.

Taste Test Total Score 15/20

Address: 4/189 William Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Telephone: (08) 9227 9289
Website: None
Reservations: No

Opening times
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday to Sunday: 5pm to 10pm

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