Raffles reviews: The Sawmill, Pymble

Dessert at the Sawmill Pymble

I really love Italian food… and saws, so I was really excited to try The Sawmill, Pymble, a new restaurant that is so cool it looks more like a place you’d find in the city than one hidden away in a quiet street in the suburbs.

The place was packed on a weeknight with people on dates as well as families and had a really good vibe. And don’t even get me started on all the blades!! The walls were covered in old handsaws, rusty chainsaw blades and these enormous mega spiky circular saw blades, which were totally epic!

Mucking around with the decor at The Sawmill Pymble

The owner, Rocco, told us the reason there are so many blades on display is because Pymble was named after a guy called Robert Pymble who lived here when it was just a great big forest. He chopped down all the trees and sent the wood down the Lane Cover River. I think it would have been better for him to not chop the trees down at all but it’s a bit late now.

Rocco was really nice so we let him recommend what we should eat. It’s always fun to do that because it makes you try things you mightn’t otherwise think to. He picked good. The food was awesome. I started with scampi and seared scallops (with tomato pesto).

Scampi and Scallops at The Sawmill

The scallops were perfection and the scampi was like a super-powered prawn. It was so super I’m surprised it wasn’t wearing a little cape.

Next we had the calamari, which was so tender and delicious that I could have eaten it all night.

Calamari at The Sawmill

Then came the antipasto platter. I love an antipasto platter but this was next level. There were melt in the mouth strips of bresaola, salami and prosciutto plus loads of delicious olives, fried fruits and vegetables and chargrilled eggplant.

The Sawmill, Pymble Antipsato Platter

The centre of the dish platter was a massive ball of creamy burrata, which is just about one of my favourite things ever. Out of 10, I’d give this dish a 63 million.

For mains we had fluffy little clouds of gnocchi (with smoked scamorza, hazelnuts, butter and sage) that were covered in a smoky delicious cheese and oodles of butter and some plump and soft roasted pumpkin ravioli coated with a crazy good ragu. So, so good.

Pumking ravioli with ragu at The Sawmill, Pymble

A normal family would have probably stopped at this point but we’re not normal so we also had one of the pizzas. Rocco suggested we try the capricciosa which came with smoked ham, olives, mushroom and artichoke.

PIzza time at The Sawmill

I was hoping they’d slice it with one of the old saws but they just cut it the regular way. It still rocked.

They really looked after my baby sister too. They gave her a colouring and puzzle pack to keep her busy and a special choice of dishes from the kids menu which she really loved. They even gave her a special dessert, which looked a bit like an ice cream truck had collided with a confetti truck. She loved it.

Speaking of dessert, the desserts we had made the Masterchef ones look lame! They were all plated with glittery gold and clever touches that made them look awesome, but more importantly they were totally yum.

I had the waffle banana split with Belgium chocolate sauce and three scoops of gelato.

waffle banana split with Belgium chocolate sauce and three scoops of gelato at The Sawmill

It was so, so caramely and utterly delicious. But my favourite thing of all was the epic platter of cannoli. They were made in-house by their superstar pastry chef and were really crisp and stuffed full of absolutely delicious fillings like ricotta, chocolate and hazelnut.

Cannoli platter at The Sawmill Pymble

I’d come back to The Sawmill, Pymble for these alone. Who I am kidding? I’d come back and order everything.

Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 8
(bracketed information by his mum)

The Sawmill
7 Duneba Ave,
West Pymble NSW 2073
Ph: (02) 9498 6565

Disclosure: Raffles was a guest of The Sawmill

9 Comments on Raffles reviews: The Sawmill, Pymble

  1. HandbagMafia
    September 3, 2016 at 8:04 am (8 years ago)

    Raffles can name more Smallgoods than I can! Sounds like a delicious place to eat 🙂

      September 3, 2016 at 8:09 am (8 years ago)

      HE has an encyclopaedic knowledge of small goods. He terrifies the staff at our local Deli. LOL

  2. Anne
    September 3, 2016 at 9:24 am (8 years ago)

    Those deserts look amazing, actually it all looks pretty good.

      September 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm (8 years ago)

      IT was all good but the desserts were especially yummy. Raffles x

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm (8 years ago)

    Great review Raffles and a rating of 63 million must mean that I should give it a go no? 😀

      September 4, 2016 at 7:15 pm (8 years ago)

      IF you like antipasto plates and cannoli you should. Raffles x

  4. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    September 5, 2016 at 3:33 pm (8 years ago)

    O M G – I should not have read this post whilst hungry. It all looks totally delicious. Thanks for linking up…The Ultimate Rabbit Hole Guest Host – Shari from GoodFoodWeek xox

  5. Grace
    September 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh, wow! I just had lunch but now I’m hungry again! The calamari looks to die for! Thanks for the awesome review, Raffles!


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