La Scala on Jersey is a Modern Italian restaurant and cocktail bar located in Paddington Woollahra. Set "upstairs" on Jersey Road Woollahra, the vibrant bar and dining haven enjoys a fun atmosphere with a commitment to excellent food and wine.
The restaurant and cocktail bar exudes sexy sophistication boasting a no fuss Modern Italian menu that acknowledges the greatest Italian classics.
The wine list has been carefully developed to match the Modern Italian cuisine at La Scala on Jersey. The wine list boasts over 120 wines by the bottle and over 25 wines by the glass. Having been awarded a goblet in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Awards, the wine list has been crafted to ensure there is a wine to suit the most discerning palate.
Although La Scala is somehow classified as some sort of a fine dining establishment, the character is actually quite lively due to its combination of modern premium lounge like dcor and its family friendly atmosphere. On one section there is a large high communal dining table perfect for catching up with friends for great food without being overly formal, and on the rest are normal dining settings which blends into its original structure, making it feel like you are having dinner at someones house.
The staffs are incredibly polite, attentive, and friendly. The service was also very quick: our starter came in a matter of minutes with the rest coming in a timely manner.
For entre, we ordered cured king salmon share plate. It was very fresh and the beautiful ingredients (goats curd, pea mousse, and caviar) came together to make a very beautiful, mouth-watering dish.
As for the mains, we ordered a plate of king prawn lumaconi (pasta), a pan-fried barramundi, and a scotch fillet. The barramundi was the clear winner for my table that evening, followed by the scotch fillet, and the pasta for its reasonable quality. All had reasonable serving sizes.
We finished with a zeppole: Italian doughnuts with nutella and vanilla custard sauce. This was a perfect finisher and of the right amount of sweetness.
A simple, stairway entrance next-door to the Light Brigade hotel can easily be missed. Once inside however, it is apparent that that is one place that you dont want to pass-by. A large, warmly-lit restaurant with an impressive, vibrant bar area awaits at the top of the stairs, abuzz with people. The room is funky and fun with traditional white table-clothes. The staff are professional and polite. To kick-start our evening my friend and I order a limoncello & basil Martini and apple & celery martini. They are both delicious. After perusing the menu and we order our meals. My friend opts for the sea scallop risotto with fresh peas & it is superb. I order the rare char-grilled Angus beef fillet with beetroot, horseradish, crme fraiche & lemon. It is one of the best steaks I have had in a very long time cooked to perfection. After our meals we decide to stay by the bar and indulge in another one of La Scalas divine cocktails. There is a great vibe with other people near the bar having a drink. La Scala is a beautiful modern Italian restaurant/bar that makes for a great evening
I am sometimes sceptical about a restaurant that is above a pub. La Scala however, I was really impressed with. Quite a large floor space that is well utilised with a cocktail bar and a sleek finish. We sat next to a huge glass wine cabinet showcasing the options on the extensive wine list. The staff were very friendly and were happy to accommodate some of our fussy needs. We started with olives and some rock Oysters which were very salty and fresh. For mains I had the Italian roasted lamb which was cooked to perfection and my partner had an organic chicken dish. Coupled with a bottle of Sauv Blanc and a peach and rocket salad we really enjoyed our meals and the experience. La Scala also have a large dining room that can take bookings for groups of up to about 25 which is a fantastic way to enjoy a more private group dinner.
I turned my nose up at this place at first, as its situated above The Light Brigade, a pub I generally dont like. However, upon dining here, I quickly ate my words. I was here for a function, so we were cordoned off behind floor-to-ceiling curtains (sounds tacky, but it was actually beautiful). The area was perfectly lit by candles and dim lighting, and the table was decorated nicely. It didnt at all feel like I was in one of those function rooms I generally hate. The food was alternate drop, but I was very happy when I was dealt the organic roast chicken. It was full of flavour! I also tried the beef that the person next to me was given, which was also very good. They let us get pretty rowdy in the function area until close as well. Ill definitely be returning to try a few more of their dishes (as well as some of their famous cocktails).