During my recent trips down south, I’ve discovered that the majority of restaurants here are always at full capacity! I’ve isolated this discovery down to two facts:
1) Wollongong is full of visiting tourists who don’t like to cook
2) Locals at Wollongong don’t have anything else better to do than to dine out & drink up
So, to suceed in Wollongong (if you happen to be thinking about launching a restaurant there), you must:
1) Not open a Japanese restaurant (the local sushi train looked deserted at all times)
2) Open another Thai or Vietnamese eatery with BYO
Piato Grand sits within a shiney new apartment block and has only been operating for a couple of months. It’s sister restaurant, which i’ve heard operates under the same name (Piato coffee & fine foods) at the mall, has been running for over 3 years. This uber contemporary restaurant has all the ingredients that make it a place you would visit time after time. The specials menu was definately popular, as the rosemary quail with baba ganoush and the seafood risotto was sold out early in the night.
I ended up ordering the herb crusted veal with fetta mash and rocket salad. The veal was so flavoursome and was piping hot beneath the crumbled surface. The rocket salad had a generous splash of balsamic and the semi-dried tomatoes were really light and sweet.

herb crusted veal with fetta mash and rocket salad / Piato Grand

herb crusted veal with fetta mash and rocket salad
Zen ordered the crunchy squid and the both of us were surprised when it turned up tossed in a salad! Nonetheless, it was spiced with cumin and was deliciously crunchy.

crunchy chilli squid salad / Piato Grand

crunchy squid

Piato Grand, Wollongong

The best thing about the Gong is the close proximity of everything. It’s so small and cosy… we walked up a block… back home with a full tummy.
Piato Grand
47/22 Market St, Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone: 02 4225 0442
Fax: 02 4225 0446
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.piatogrand.com.au

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.