“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first” – Ernestine Ulmer
Tucked away in the back streets of Surry Hills, Maybe Frank, is not a maybe, but a must.
A cosy space with dim lighting and a jazz remix of Coldplay serenading in the background, Maybe Frank, is the perfect casual dining venue for catching up with a group of mates and date night. The staff are friendly, attentive and easy-going. Still buzzing on a Tuesday night, I devoured the following dishes:
Calamari and aioli
Gnocchi – squid ink gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and cuttlefish
Prosciutto pizza – tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket and parmigiano
First to be served were the calamari and it was everything I was looking forward to – it was fresh, crunchy, the aioli was smooth and not so creamy and there was a decent portion. There wasn’t too much batter on the calamari which meant that it didn’t taste thick and heavy.
Next in line were the gnocchi and prosciutto pizza. Gnocchi isn’t usually my first preference when it comes to pasta, but I was glad to have tried this dish. The gnocchi was perfectly soft, not too chewy, and it tasted more delicious than it appeared. The overall flavour of the dish wasn’t overpowering which allowed you to focus on the soft texture of the gnocchi. The addition of the cuttlefish was a nice surprise as it brought texture to the dish rather than everything being all mushy.
The prosciutto pizza was hot, delicious and the toppings were all well-proportioned to each other. The base was thin and fresh, making it less heavy on the stomach and it made me feel like I was eating less calories (that probably wasn’t the case, but who cares). It was a traditional pizza with classic yet tasty toppings that had me going back for second and third slices.
Never one to say no to dessert, I ordered the:
For two people, I would recommend sharing two desserts just because the desserts aren’t that big.
After trying the pizza and gnocchi, I felt the expectation level for the desserts had been raised. The tiramisu was tasty and there was a nice balance between the chocolate and coffee. I felt that there could have been less cream and there wasn’t that smooth texture I was looking for from the sponge cake. It probably wasn’t the best tiramisu I had tried, but it definitely wasn’t the worst.
The highlight of the night, was the semifreddo. For those of you who aren’t familiar with semifreddo, it is the crossbreed between mousse and ice cream. It has the flavour of ice cream and the consistency of frozen mouse, making it taste extremely light and fresh. This particular semifreddo was the answer to my prayers and tasted like a cold Ferrero Rocher. Light and soft, it was the perfect way to end an Italian feast.
With a cocktail bar to one side and a disco ball casually hanging behind, Maybe Frank has undeniably got the cool and funky vibe well under their belts. If you’re a pizza lover like I am, book in your next visit to this cute spot. And like all Italians, these guys will welcome you with open arms.
The Skanky Stomach Says: ♥♥♥½
Location: 417- 421 Bourke St, Surry Hills, Sydney
When To Go: Tues-Fri / 5pm-late / Fri-Sun / 12pm-late
Great For: pizza, cocktails, amazing chocolate dessert