Candelori’s, Smithfield

_1420292Candelori’s Ristorante and Bar, the 16 year long standing Italian restuarant has been awarded with 3 Hats in Gault & Millau Restaurant Guide 2016, the second year in a row. We were delighted to be invited to experience their new summer dessert menu last month.

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The establishment is long and spacious with a seating capacity of 220. The modern decor and line of white-clothed tables gives a sense of grandeur, and as you are warmly welcomed through the large, high-ceiling entrance, you know you’re in for something good! 

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We were taken to our table at the front of the restuarant facing the floor length window and looking out to the street. The menu is extensive with everything you can think of at an Italian restuarant. Antipasti, insalate, pasta, pizza, meats and seafood and a separate menu of daily specials.

Crystal and I didn’t know where to start! Everything looked delicious and we wanted to order more than what we could eat. Eventually, we were able to make our decision with the help of our knowledgeable waiter. We were also greeted by the owner Christian Candelori throughout the night as he personally made sure all his diners were enjoying their meal.

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First came the Fried Zucchini Flowers which were filled with for di latte, ricotta and spinach (pictured above right). They were just as expected with a creamy ricotta spinach filling.

The Suckling Pig Croquettes (pictured above left) was definitely my favourite of the night. I love croquettes, but I’ve never had any with suckling pig so I knew we had to try this. The dish consisted of fresh herbs, sea salt and lime aioli. 

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C’s number one choice for the mains was the Squid Ink Tagliolini with Scampi and scallops. The seafood were complimented with baby calamari and cherry tomatoes tossed throughout.

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We couldn’t pass on their special of the day, the Gnocchi. We loved the fluffy cloud-like gnocchi doused in beautiful lamb ragu, with a generous amount of pork and chicken throughout the dish.

Finally came the new desserts we were very excited for.

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Indulgence. Smooth dark (70%) chocolate with passionfruit curd in the core on a moist chocolate biscuit foundation. Crystal and I both loved this and I would say it was my second favourite of the night. 

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Crema di Pistacchio was a deriative of the classic creme brûlée. Candelori features pistachio flavour as the custard retained by a glazed toffee layer on top. The dessert was complemented by a tangy mandarin sorbet to cleanse the pallet and a crispy crostoli on the side. 

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Candelori’s is the perfect fine dining destination for Italian cruisine, and you’ll be sure to find a great dish to suit your appetite with their stunning lengthy menu. The service was remarkable, and the ambiance is great for a romantic date or intimate groups. We will definitely return in the near future for another great experience!

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