The Da Paolo Gastronomia that’s just opened at The Sail offers some items that aren’t available at their other outlets. In addition to the single slices of pizza (which, though quite tasty, can be quite uninspiring after a while) and antipastis and salads sold by weight, the branch at The Sail has a selection of pastas, and quite an enticing array of gourmet sandwiches.
Since we park our car nearby, we stopped by for a quick meal and were quite pleasantly surprised. A ordered the pasta with salmon and creamy tomato sauce. The default pasta is spaghetti, but if you want to change it to any of the other pastas that they have on sale, you just have to top up about $2. A changed it to pappardelle and it turned out really good, though the portion was rather small.
I was spoilt for choice with the sandwich selection, but decided to try an old faithful – roast beef with mozzarella, on toasted ciabatta. As you know I’m not really a sandwich person but this was really good. They were generous with the ingredients, the beef was tender and there was just enough lettuce and ripe juicy tomatoes. Slightly lacking in mozzarella but overall, a good sandwich.
I’m now eyeing some of the other sandwich varieties, like Mortadella and Provolone, Parma ham and Emmental, Italian Sausage with Caramelised Onions, Gorgonzola and Fig Jam, and Black Pepper Sashimi Grade Tuna with Wasabi Mayonnaise. Now the question is – when to go again, and which sandwich to try next?
Good food and great service for something that’s really just a high-end deli. I’d eat here very often if we weren’t on an austerity drive.
Da Paolo Gastronomia
#01-15 Tower 2
Open daily 9.30 am to 9.30 pm