It was quite a battle securing a dinner spot for three at District Dining. A quick look online at their dishes on offer pretty much answered my question as to why we couldn’t get a table twice! A quick google-image search just made not getting a booking even more frustrating. But as they say, third times a charm, we finally secured a table at 6:30pm on a Thursday night for our DD Date. A very short stroll from Central Station takes us to the colourful entrance of Warren Turnbull’s (more relaxed) modern bistro.
Rushing into the restaurant with shopping bags in tow and being greeted by a table of hungry girlfriends, it was quite a pleasant surprise how much natural light flood into the dining room. The timber floors, wooden chairs and panels of blackboard specials just reminded me how beautiful dining in Sydney can be. Understated relaxed elegance just puts me in such a good mood. Now show me the menu and pour me wine!
A few snaps of the place and I was greeted by Tom, our server for the night. “Ahh you must be a blogger! You must write about how fantastic I was”, he exclaimed. “Oh yes, I am! And oh yes, I will!” And yes you were Tom, topping up our glasses of wine and bread all night. There wasn’t must discussion on what to order, our constant ‘menu-mulling’ online must have settled any dramas. That, or maybe we were just a little too excited about filling our hungry bellies. Order everything and we’ll share! Ah the joys of sharing food!
Smoked Eel Pate, green onion sour dough, $16
Crumbed Sobrasada and Cheddar Brioche with Aioli, $14
Crispy Quail Eggs, Tarragon Mayonnaise, $14
This would easily be one of my favourite entree dishes, just the marriage of creamy mayo and crispy runny egg automatically set off the need to fistpump for more. No, I am a lady. I must resist. But shotgun the last egg!
Seared Scallops, cauliflower, chorizo, pedro ximenez, $22
After my first bite of Becasse’s Confit of Miso infused blue-eye trevalla and smoked Scallop dish back in 2010, it was forever seared into my heart as my favourite scallop dish. But a big clap for you District Dining, this was quite nice too. Nothing out of the ordinary with the cauliflower puree, but the scallops were cooked quite well and not too bad was this dish.
Duck Confit, Sweet Potato, pomergranate, ras el hanout, $28
Steak Tartare, Aioli, French Fries, Sour Dough, $22
S has been crushing on a special steak tartare for quite a while now and the tartare cravings she had for it were constantly voiced. Yes, I finally understood this infatuation as I smushed a whole heap of steak onto my bread. I didn’t even remember to capture the tartae before demolition.
Ricotta Tart with Caramalized Fig Icecream, $14
Now here is where I’d smack my lips and scream ‘bellisimo’ if I had the energy to move. Clearly overly fed, but fighting the urge to agree to the idea that we may have to pass on dessert – because that would have been the most ridiculous thing ever. As J would say, ‘that sh#t cray’. The fig had a really nice texture and firmness about it and overall very well rounded dessert to finish off a long night of feasting.
All in all a very enjoyable first District Dining experience. For sure, I’d be back for more!
17 Randle Street Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9211 7798