Saturday nights at Bulimba are either the worst or best time to visit the Oxford street precinct. On the one hand, the street is bubbling with activity, everyone is happy and busy, and on the other hand, parking is just beyond ridiculous. We were there to tick off another restaurant on our “Places to Go That We Haven’t Tried Yet” List, Sugo Mi Bistro and Pizzeria.
Sugo Mi has a bit of a reputation for having excellent authentic Italian pizzas. Sugo Mi also has a small gelateria/deli down the alleyway next to the restaurant. They do not take bookings (I found this out after a phone call earlier that day, whoops), but we found upon arrival that although the restaurant appeared completely packed out, we managed to score a table without having a wait (winning at life!). There were other patrons who weren’t so lucky, but from what we saw, they only had a small wait at the bar before being seated.
We were straight into it with our shared starter of Bruschetta. We were presented with a lovely serve of crusty charred bread topped off with diced Roma tomatoes, basil and olive oil. We found that the menu clearly stated red onion though, and there was no red onion to be found. Its imperative that the tomato used is of the utmost quality, and a few bits of tomato did taste a bit floury.
We were quite interested in the special on that evening of Hand rolled gnocci with slow cooked pork in a tomato sauce with basil. I was really glad we got this dish as although it had a rustic appearance, the gnocci was absolutely delicious and the pork was rich and flavoursome. We were going to share our dishes but I ended up eating the majority of this!
There are both Rosso (with sauce) and Bianco (without sauce) pizzas on the menu but of course we wanted sauce and so ordered the D.O.C.G. pizza with tomato sugo, buffalo mozzarella, proscuitto and basil. In a nutshell, it was a Margharita with added proscuitto. The pizza was large and oval shaped, presented on a wooden board with its own cute little pizza cutter wheel to cut up as you wished. The pizza looked charred and crusty enough but the base was actually very very soft and doughy, so my only complaint is that I wished for a slightly crustier base. The ingredients were of fabulous quality and the tomato sugo was absolutely delicious.
When in Rome, and all that, you have to eat gelati everyday! (We ate it almost three times daily in Italy). We decided on three flavours to share as our dessert; Cake Batter, Turkish Delight and Salted Caramel. The gelati was so smooth and perfectly creamy with a little topping to show what kind it was. Although it was pretty cold that night, we ate it all very quickly and it was the perfect end to our meal.
We found Sugo Mi lives up to its claim of having fantastic authentic Italian pizza, and although maybe not the absolute best in town, it’d have to be very much up there. We overall had a great meal.
CSugo Mi 3/190 Oxford Street Bulimba Ph 07 3395 6327 Open Lunch Sat-Sun, Dinner Tues-Sun www.sugomi.com.au