So, around Eveleigh Markets is kind of confusing. Cornerstone Bar seems like it should be a great idea, but we’ve been turned away because of a VIP function, and then, with an absolutely packed theatre event finishing (and patrons wanting to grab a bite to seat), no, the kitchen had closed.
I’ve always wanted to try Buon Gusto though because it looks like it’s been open for a thousand years, and certainly since I moved to Sydney in 1999. So, look. I understand if people are disappointed in receiving an old fashioned meal that isn’t particularly delicate. My veal was kind of tough and the vegetables overcooked. But the sauce was rich and decadent and mmmm… it was damn good, and kind of made up for the rest.
We had a pinot grigio, rather expensive for what it was ($40) but on the other hand rather delicious, and we received a free appetizer plate which, surprisingly, had the most amazing morsel of risotto ball which we though was possibly the best thing of the evening.
Thought the accents came pretty close, both of the owner, with his huge belly hanging out over his apron, and the charming waitress.
Judging the restaurant as it asked to be: authentic – yes; history – yes; good service – yes; good food – fine though I think this ranking goes up because: Cornerstone has terrible hours and what else was around for dinner? Buon Gusto, that’s what. Otherwise, we would have starved.