Alba 1836 is a modern contemporary Italian Wine Bar & Restaurant nestled at Duxton Hill serving authentic Italian cuisine at its finest. Alba also offers a vast number of wines from all over Italy, including a selected 40 wines by glass. Car Park 20 meters Craig Place, 20 Craig Road.
Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 22:30
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My friend celebrated his birthday and I recommended him to come here for his birthday. He was agreeable.
Carpark was convenient for him, as the restaurant is right next to the multi-storey car park which is sheltered right up to the entrance of the restaurant.
The restaurant has great value set lunches, and after looking at the menu for the set lunch and executive set lunch, both my friend and I decided to go with the set lunch.
I had the Set Lunch. It costs $32.
Starter: New potato and Parmesan soup with 40 minutes low temperature cooked egg with black truffle. The soup was nice. The soft boiled egg when broken and mixed with the soup made it more delicious. Try it!
Main course: Grilled tuna tagliata style, served with fresh cherry tomatoes, oregano and capers sauce in fine extra virgin olive oil. Great presentation! A decent piece of tuna grilled and presented with the tomatoes and flowers atop it. I liked the sour taste of the sauce. It reminds me of the gravy that you get when you steam fish with salted vegetables, done Chinese style! Its tangy and gives you the mouth-watering feeling. This dish was well done.
Dessert: Sicilian ‘Connoli’ with sweet ricotta cheese, candied orange, chocolate shavings in a marsala flavoured Cannolo served with pistachio ice cream. I had this before and had good impression of this, so I readily ordered this. You get two cannoli rolls which you break up and eat with the chocolate shavings and ice cream. Its good!
My friend ordered the Executive Set Lunch, which costs $48:
Starter: Tajima Wagyu Beef Capcaccio, wild rocket, foie gras praline, fresh black truffle and cresenza cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano. This appetiser is to ‘die for’... I tried some of my friend’s appetiser, and it was ‘WOW’. The beef was fresh and the foie gras praline was like little balls on the plate. When I bit into it, it had the texture of grounded sesame, but the flavour was unmistakable. The black truffle lent a decadent touch to the dish. Absolutely divine.
Main course: Spaghetti with slow cooked beef ragout Naples style. I also tried a small portion of this. The spaghetti was al dente and has a good bite and a different texture to the spaghetti I have eaten before. The beef had two types of beef including wagyu beef and the meat was cut into cubes (not minced) and cooked in a ragout sauce. It’s good.
Dessert: Sicilian ‘Connoli’ with sweet ricotta cheese, candied orange, chocolate shavings in a marsala flavoured Cannolo served with pistachio ice cream. Same dessert as what I had. My friend liked the dessert too.
The manager was very attentive. He had heard me greeting my friend with a Happy Birthday greeting and presented a surprise dessert with birthday greetings to my guest at the end of our meal. The dessert was two molten chocolate cup cakes with birthday wishes on the plate. A nice touch!
My friend had a great time and he said he will be bringing his friends down for a meal soon.
Highly recommended for the food and service!