Dinner with the Uni Gang at Mad Cow, Sydney
It has been a while since I caught up with my uni friends. I caught up with most of them at the beginning of the year in India, for a friend’s wedding but have not seen them since I got back about three weeks ago. Our dear friend, C, managed to get all of us together for the evening – very rare – and he only had to book us two weeks in advance!
I went to Mad Cow about two years ago, when it first opened and haven’t been back since. To be honest, I can’t remember what the food was like so was more than happy to give it another go.
We managed to leave a bit early and had a drink at the Ivy Bar – I used to think this place was quite pretentious, however, it wasn’t so bad that evening. It was relatively full of men and women in suits having a casual mid-week drink, like us. We caught up over a couple of beverages before heading into the steakhouse.
It was very quiet when we arrived, we were the first diners. We were seated to our booth, all the seatings are booth like except for a couple of small tables near the glass window. I am not usually a fan of booths, only because the person stuck at the end always struggle to get out when he or she needs to go to the bathroom! Minor detail but an important one I think!
Anyway, we were presented with a menu, and shortly after we were presented with a bread basket consisting of soy and linseed and white bread. We sat there perusing the menu, trying to decide whether or not we wanted 2 or 3 courses. I was hungry, but not sure if I could do a 3 course meal!
Both T and I started with the grilled white scallops, coriander, black fungi, bean shoot, ginger black bean vinaigrette. It was definitely well presented! Did it taste as good as it looked, better! The scallops are cooked to absolute perfection and the asian salad was tangy and delicious. I thought it was a little on the expensive side, but it was good.
C1, had the signature beef tartare, served with crusty sourdough and fries. It was a generous serving, enough for a main course I would say. I had a taste of this, the beef, moist and full of flavourful. C demolished this and absolutely loved it!
C2 and J, had the gazpacho with white anchovies. Gazpacho is a cold Spanish tomato-based raw vegetable soup. I had a little taste of this and it was good but I do prefer my soup warm! Both C2 and J seemed to have enjoyed it though.
For mains, J, T and I had the slow roasted pork belly, king brown mushrooms, white scallop, apple and jicama. I thought about a steak, but I had the minute steak earlier that week that I really couldn’t eat two slabs of meat in a week! That would be a little of an over kill for me. The crispy pork skin was absolutely divine. Unfortunately, the pork meat wasn’t as tender and succulent as I have hoped. It was a little hard and dry for my liking. I am not sure if it’s just my batch, but both J and T thought it was good. The mushrooms and salads were a great compliment. The sauce was outstanding; it was a shame that we didn’t have more of it!
Both C1 and C2 had the steak, from memory they both had the wagyu sirloin (rangers valley, 400 day grain fed, marble score 7+), 200g. It was a generous serving. I didn’t have any of this, but it did look good. C1 demolished it, I am not sure how he could after the signature beef tartare! C2 managed to eat ¾ of it, which was a good effort.
We were all too full for dessert, and besides, nothing on the dessert menu really ‘grabbed’ me! C1, however, had the pavlova, strawberries, passion fruit. I am not a huge fan of pavlova but had a mouthful to taste. It was sickly sweet! Definitely not for me, however, C1 enjoyed it.
As we sat there drinking tea and/or coffee, we were presented with some petite fours, mini churros with caramel sauce. OMG, they were fantastically awesome! The churros were fried, but soft on the inside, warm and dipped in caramel sauce, they were simply outstanding! They were seriously good!
It was great catching up with friends; it’s definitely been a while. I am sure that this won’t be the last time!
It was good meal but I was a little disappointed with my pork belly! I think my fellow diners enjoyed their meal and would agree with me that they weren’t totally and utterly blown away by Mad Cow. Nothing really stood out in my opinion, maybe the churros! I think the company was by far the best thing that night!
I have missed you guys terribly! Good to be back! Thanks C1 for organising and getting all of us together!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
330 George Street
Ph: +61 2 9240 3000