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SSC Newspaper : May 2012
Strathfield Scene 17 www.ourstrathfield.com.au food By Bernadette Chua M other’s Day is the one day of the year when busy mums might be offered breakfast in bed before being taken out for a lazy, long lunch. And local restaurants are fine-tuning their menus for Mother’s Day on May 13, drawing on the traditions of multiculturalism to serve up new Australian cuisine. Breakfast in bed made by the children is just the warm-up to the main event – lunch. Strathfield’s multicultural community means our restaurants can offer the best dishes from all around the world. But what’s mum’s favourite meal for Mother’s Day? Famous for their homely Italian meals, head chef at Oliveto in Rhodes, Mick Fakas, says his menu is a combination of customers’ favourite recipes, using beautiful and fresh local produce. His own family traditions are incorporated into the menu, which gives the restaurant such a homely feel. A typical Mother’s Day at Fakas’s home would be a delicious three-course menu. “ We always have a three-course meal and we like to start off with a carpaccio, which is one of the highlights for the entrée at Oliveto. We use simple but fresh produce such as hiramasa kingfish or yellow fin tuna,” he said. “Second course is always followed by our traditional homemade pasta and for mains, I love to cook fish or seafood. Mum’s favourite dessert is pistachio wafers, Grand Marnier mascarpone and marinated strawberries. Fakas works every Mother’s Day but brings his entire family in to Oliveto, a tradition which he has developed over the years he has worked at the restaurant. As head chef of Oliveto’s for four years, he says celebrating Mother’s Day is a time for his entire family to come together and enjoy good food. “Mother’s Day is a massive deal and it’s a time when my family and I can honour our mother and express our love for her through an amazing meal,” he said. “I have my family come to Oliveto and I love cooking for them. It makes me proud that I can have the entire family together on Mother’s Day.” Times have changed and so has the menu, and Fakas says Mother’s Day lunches these days tend to be light and fresh. His choice of the fish carpaccio is always their best-seller. “This year, we’re serving a kingfish carpaccio with pomegranate, shaved fennel, lemon and lime,” he said. “It’s a modern, simple, fresh and light and best of all it is a pretty dish so it always looks very appealing.” The Oliveto menu is divided into three sections, where guests can choose the primi, secondi and doci (entrée, main and dessert). “ We have a great team here at Oliveto’s,” says Fakas. “ We are dedicated and it makes us proud to present our mothers with a special menu on their day.” making mum’s day This year, we’re serving a kingfish carpaccio with pomegranate, shaved fennel, lemon and lime.