I've been to Young Alfred in Customs House a few times; work lunches mostly, and found them decent for their price point, but a little lacking in warmth, experience and uniqueness. And after hearing rumours about new management and help in the kitchen, I was hoping things would have improved significantly.
|Pumpkin ravioli with sage and burnt butter from Young Alfred, Customs House, Sydney|
There were specials announced and tap water brought to the table, but as we made our booze-free order (had just come from a boozy party), the dismal service seemed to get worse.
Food took a long time to arrive - even though we had only ordered mains and a side; or indeed, perhaps for that reason. For all the faults of the service, we did get cracked black pepper and the pumpkin ravioli was divine.
Smooth pasta with a rich pumpkin filling and decadent butter sauce, I always note that the small five pasta serves of ravioli (and most other filled pastas) are not ideal orders for hungry, male appetites.
|Grilled pork cutlet with polenta and snow peas|
|Steamed broccoli side|
After too long, we did it bistro style and went up to the counter to ask for the bill, and got out of there quick-smart. While the food was high quality and mostly very tasty, service at Young Alfred leaves a lot to be desired. Perhaps time and experience can fix it, but it's not growing on me in the meantime.