KANGAROO bolognese and pigs cheek carbonara are just some of the innovative dishes on offer at Francoforte Spaghetti Bar in Northbridge.
Mates who have eaten there say the roo dish ($24/$18) is “rich, delicious and not gamey”.
Tucked away in one of Northbridge’s atmospheric lanes, the eatery is so popular it can be hard to get a table.
Arriving early we had no such problem and opted to sit in the covered laneway, enjoying the hustle and bustle of foot traffic as people made their way home from work or headed into Northbridge for the night.
The uber-helpful waiter was quick to bring out water; promptly followed by complimentary Italian bread and a really good olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Francoforte’s small menu is all about spaghetti in a variety of guises, but each incarnation is unique.
Unable to decide on mains, we settled on sharing a pasta broccoli ($16/$22) and a squid in vino ($19/$25).
Francoforte has piccolo and grande serves, and past experience had my dinner companion and I ordering the smaller, because the grande is big enough to floor Clive Palmer.
The broccoli pasta could have played soccer for Australia – it was bright green with double-cream sauce and golden, perfectly aldente pasta.
As rich as Twiggy Forrest, the dish certainly scored more goals than the Socceroos from the off.
Laced with capers, anchovies, cherry tomatoes and chickpeas, the squid had a sharp balsamic dressing which at first bite overpowered the creamy broccoli.
But as we dug deeper we were won over, although some of the squid pieces were a tad rubbery.
From past experience I can heartily recommend Francoforte’s tiramisu, and the coffee is great too.
The eatery isn’t licensed, but don’t worry there’s BYO.
Francoforte doesn’t accept bookings so get there early.
by JENNY D’ANGER
Francoforte Spaghetti Bar
189 William Street, Northbridge
open 6 days 5pm–9.30pm, Sat until 10.30pm