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District Dining, Surry Hills

I have wanted to try this restaurant for a while now, I was supposed to go with ‘The Mother’ about six weeks ago but he had to cancel last minute due to work commitments and we haven’t really had time to go since. Something always comes up, and finally, I was catching up with a friend whom I haven’t seen for a while, S, and suggested this place.

District dining is the new venture for Warren Turnbull, head and owner of Assiette. I haven’t been to Assiette for a long time now, but I do recall having many good meals there. District Dining is meant to be more casual, with a friendly likeable feel and it was just that.

I love the entrance to the restaurant, colourful and on it, street names in Surry Hills, clever!

S and I started with some bread, two different types, white and wholemeal. The bread was fresh and warm, and smelt absolutely divine. It had a crusty exterior and delicious and fluffy on the inside. Dipped in olive oil and salt, it was just delicious, but then again, who doesn’t like warm bread?

Our waitress advised us that between the two of us, we should order two dishes each and we did just that. S and I picked two each, and the first being marinated tuna, wasabi panna cotta, soy bean and daikon. Thick chunks of red tuna, which were fresh and tasty. The wasabi panna cotta were more like wasabi mayonnaise than anything else. The combination of the soy bean, daikon, tuna dipped in wasabi mayonnaise was delicious – it burst with different kind of flavours. It was a light and refreshing dish and a great way to start to meal.

Next, the beetroots, sumac, salted yoghurt and basil. I love the different colours, red, orange and white. The salted yogurt was outstanding, it was creamy, cheese like with a hint of salt. I couldn’t help but eat more and more. I loved the honey coated walnuts, and the combination of sweet and salty was just wonderful.

The prawn salmon spring roll with ginger and chili was a little disappointing. Chunks of prawns and salmon, deep fried, was nice but nothing special.

Crispy fried chicken with coleslaw and lime aioli was excellent. Fillets of chicken coated and fried, it wasn’t your typical fried chicken, I was expecting bones, but none of that. However, the chicken was juicy, tender and succulent, and I love the spices in the batter. It certainly was finger licking good and even though it had lots of flavours, I couldn’t help but slither some lime aioli – I mean aioli? I really could have eaten the whole dish on my own, it was THAT good. But then again, after pork belly, fried chicken is my next favourite food.

For dessert, S opted for the cheese, but for the life of me, could not remember which one! She didn’t want anything sweet, so opted for one cheese, which was served with some biscuits, crackers, honey coated walnuts. I didn’t have any of this, but S did say it was a very strong flavoured cheese.

I, on the other hand, wanted something sweet. Since Sri Lanka, I have found a new love for panna cotta. I never used to like it prior, but now, I can’t help but order it if it’s on the menu. The panna cotta was served in a cold jar, which I wanted to take home.

Inside – fresh mango cut into tiny bite size cubes. The panna cotta was amazing! It was creamy, wobbly, and just absolutely perfect. I love the mango and lime leaves, it was simply fantastic! SO glad I have found my new love for panna cotta.

I was ‘proud’ that I didn’t order the pork belly – wessex saddleback pork belly with fennel lime salt and kimchi. It sounded marvelous but S is not a huge fan and I do believe that I need to try something else besides pork belly. I can’t promise that I won’t order it next time I visit though!

S and I had a great time catching up, we sat there for a few hours eating, drinking and chatting. We will have to do it again sometime soon.

GA’s rating: 8 / 10

17 Randle Street

Surry Hills 2010

PH: +61 2 9211 7798

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  1. December 7, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Been wanting to try District Dining for myself for a while now! The yoghurt starter looks delicious, but wont definately miss the mango panacotta dessert – what an intresting presentation!

    • December 7, 2010 at 1:18 am

      If you like pork, get the pork, a friend of mine was there the same night and said it was the ‘highlight’ for him! ya loved the mango panacotta! thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. December 7, 2010 at 2:02 am

    sounds really good. i’m booked in for tonight. the chicken will be high on list to try 🙂

    • December 7, 2010 at 3:22 am

      simon, try the pork belly and let me know! chicken is definitely good and the panna cotta 🙂

  3. December 7, 2010 at 3:19 am

    i dunno where u pack it all? great reading as always! i want some pork belly…NOW

  4. December 7, 2010 at 3:57 am

    i want the fried chicken! u know it 😀

  5. Tom
    December 7, 2010 at 4:23 am

    I just need to get myself to Sydney. The end. Soon.

  1. November 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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