Machiavelli needs no introduction. It’s reputation has been flourished by the high rollers and politicians of Sydney and with that, expect to pay the high prices.

preparation table / machiavelli

Tradition and familiarity are key aspects of Machiavelli’s success. Old men, all groomed well in black suits and bow ties fuss about the preparation table while others wait tables. The menu is small but has the fine usuals including Bolognese and Steak Diane.
We started off with some smoked salmon, served fresh with generous amounts of capers and thinly sliced onion.

antipasti: atlantic smoked salmon served with lemon, capers and onion / machiavelli

atlantic smoked salmon served with lemon, capers and onion
The fried zucchini flowers were delicious too. The innards were filled with a gorgeous ricotta blend and the blossoms were airy and crisp.

antipasti: zucchini flowers / machiavelli

zucchini flowers

bread, balsamic and olive oil / machiavelli

bread, balsamic and olive oil
I ordered the fusilli crab as my main. Tender flakes of crab meat were intertwined with a creamy white wine sauce. It was a huge serving but was it $38’s worth?

pasta: fusilli crab / machiavelli

fusilli crab – crab meat with white wine and cream spiced with chilli, garlic and chives
Funnily enough, we had walked past a McDonald’s on our way here… and the French Fries were exactly reminiscent of that. They were identically fried to a golden brown crunch, but served in a cute iron pan.

side: french fries / machiavelli

french fries
My companion had the pepper steak which was a perfect medium-rare…

secondi: pepper steak / machiavelli

pepper steak

gallery of influential men and politicians / machiavelli

The gallery of influential men speaks for itself… Lachlan Murdoch, John Symond… pity I didn’t see anyone I could recognise!
The strawberries were irresistible… All night, I watched as they were picked, cut and flamed over a blue light. MmMmmm…

dessert: ice-cream and flamed strawberries / machiavelli

ice-cream and flamed strawberries
We walked out, full as can be… greeting and waving to some old Italian friends. Machiavelli isn’t a place you’d go daily… not unless it was a business-paid-for expense of course.
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Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano
123 Clarence St Sydney
Monday -Friday 12 noon – 2:30pm & 6 – 9 pm
Closed weekends and Public Holidays
Tel: 9299-3748

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, 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.