Bloodwood has been open for a while now, it has been on my ‘go to list’ but have never gotten around to it. Partly because Newtown is just a suburb that I don’t go dining very often, parking is hard and traffic at peak hour is a complete nightmare! However, when T suggested this place for our mid-week catch up I couldn’t say no – it has been on my ‘go to list’ after all!
They don’t take reservations – not for parties less eight, and I was a little skeptical about getting a table, however, we had no problems in getting a table for two which was great. It looks like a small restaurant from the front, but there are actually more seating area inside and upstairs. Everything on the menu is to share – so tapas style and everything sounded wonderful. Since T has been here a few times, she suggested a few times.
We started with the kingfish, ocean trout ceviche ($16) – avocado, wasabi leaf, buckwheat crisp and finger lime. Oh my – I love the freshness and smoothness of the kingfish and ocean trout. Eaten with the creamy avocado on buckwheat crisp it was absolutely delightful. Definitely my favourite for the evening. I can eat this every day!
Next the socca ($15) – chickpea pancake, spiced pumpkin, quinoa, Persian fetta and fresh herbs. This was good, a little on the heavy side I thought, as chickpea is usually heavy but I love the combination of spiced pumpkin, quinoa and Persian fetta.
We also shared the Coorong Angus beef brisket ($30) – spatzle, cauliflower and beans. This was a rich and hearty dish, perfect for winder. The beef brisket was incredibly tender, and I love the crisp and crunchy spatzle.
Now dessert – we both couldn’t go past the bloodwood trifle ($14) – poached cherries, pound cake, port wine jelly, vanilla anglaise, yoghurt mascarpone. OMG – this was divine! The port wine jelly was fantastic, the vanilla anglaise was silky smooth – the whole combination was just excellent. I don’t recall having any poached cherries, but we did have mandarin and they were sweet! If I wasn’t so full, I could have probably finished the whole thing!
Here’s another shot from the top… AMAZING!!!
Service was friendly and food came out relatively quickly. I can understand why this place does get busy. I haven’t tried their other dishes but I would happily just come and eat their kingfish, ocean trout ceviche and have the trifle on my own next time!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
416 King Street
Ph: +61 2 9557 7699