The legend of the phoenix represents the attainment of new beginnings from the ashes of the old. While Mexican Taqueria Cafe Pacifico is no more, the enterprising Pasi Petanen has taken over the premises, rebranding it as Cafe Paci, and subsequently took Sydney foodies by storm.
Cafe Paci’s lease over the old Cafe Pacifico site lasts until January 2015, which technically makes them a popup restaurant, albeit long-lived. Chef Pasi Petanen, ex-head chef at Marque Restaurant, heads the operation, bringing with him years of experience at what was one of Sydney’s finest restaurants. That said, I was not fully satisfied with my Marque experience, so it would be interesting to see how Pasi has adapted his repertoire for Paci.
There’s a twist though – Pasi brings in his own Finnish-inspired style which, combined with his stint at Marque, results in something that I honestly can say is one of the most unique meals I’ve had this year. It’s highly innovative cooking, making for one hell of an impressive menu, even if it doesn’t always work. Should you try it? Yes. Not convinced? Read on, but be quick – only a few more months to go!
Date Last Visited: 26/9/2014
Address: 95 Riley Street Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Recommended Dish(es): lamb tartar, cauliflower & squid ink rice