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Bar Idda

Address
Address:
132 Lygon Street,
Brunswick East VIC 3057
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9380 5339
Cuisine
Cuisine: Italian
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$

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With mismatched crockery and tablecloths reminiscent of nonna's, East Brunswick's Bar Idda is one bare-boned and gutsy Sicilian restaurant. Specialising in home-style, regional cooking, the concise menu is packed full of flavour and is also supplemented by a daily specials board that is not to be missed. To complement the food, all vino available here comes exclusively from Sicily for a truly authentic touch at this welcoming trattoria.

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LOCATION
On Lygon Street’s busy restaurant strip of East Brunswick, close to Brunswick Road.

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Bar Idda opened recently in the small corner block premises that used to be Rumi, and just as Joseph Abboud was dedicated to presenting the authentic flavours of his childhood, so too is Alfredo La Spina. Bar Idda is certainly a slice of Sicily in East Brunswick, with a simple decor of bare white walls with few ornaments, quaint mismatched crockery and tablecloths that are highly reminiscent of nonna. Simplicity extends to the short menu where home-style Sicilian dishes created with love emerge from the kitchen. Prices are low with most mains falling under $20, although a few side dishes to accompany the ungarnished mains are recommended. The many influences of Sicilian cooking are evident here, while the food remains straightforward and rustic.

Try the beef purpetti made with currants and cinnamon and served in a rich tomato sugo, or the side dish capunata with unctuous eggplant and crisp celery enriched the Sicilian way with a little cocoa and topped with toasted almonds. Dolci are equally unfussy but delicious – cassata with familiar bright green icing and Marsala-soaked sponge within, or one simple, perfect cannolo filled with chocolate cream. Wine offerings are limited – two decent, easy to drink, house wines and four Sicilian wines by the bottle – but there are seven Italian beers on offer as well as a good selection of the necessary aperitivi and digestivi.

Angela Costanzo
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