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Oscillate Wildly, Newtown

My first visit to Oscillate Wildly (‘OW’) was probably two or three years ago now. I came here with four other girl friends and unfortunately every single one of us did not enjoy it. I can’t remember what we had, but I do remember that it wasn’t a very good experience. Back then, I think the head chef was Daniel Puskas, who has now moved to greener pastures to Sepia. Now the Head chef at OW is now Karl Firla (ex Est, Marque and Bridgewater Mill) who joined in January2009.

I came here with a dear friend, S, one evening and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It was definitely a better experience than the first, and the food I thought was simpler but tastier. Eight courses for $100 and if you wanted matching wine, that’s an extra $50. Neither of us had the matching wines, but S might as well had, he had about 5 glasses of red wine, 3 more and it would have been matching.

We started with bread roll which was served warm – the bread had a crusty exterior but warm and fluffy inside. How I love warm fresh bread, straight from the oven!

We started with the Kingfish, cucumber, soy – served on edible leaves. I was a little reluctant to eat the leave at first, however, seeing S stuffed the whole thing in his mouth and didn’t die, I thought I would also give it ago. The kingfish were cut into bite size, served with soy, cucumber and sesame seeds, they were light and absolutely refreshing. The leaf (which I can’t remember the name of) really gave it a nice texture. It was a great way to what was to come.

Next the Alaskan King Crab, horseradish, seaweed. This was an amazing dish – the fresh king crab with the savoury horseradish custard – it was subtle and unusual but worked. The mango jelly gave it that extra sweetness, and the seaweed was a great complement. S and I both really enjoyed this dish, the different types of flavours, it was just magnificent.

Carrot, cepe, walnut – this was a rather surprising good dish. Carrot sponge like cake which was light, and fluffy served with heirloom carrots, celery and walnuts. It was absolutely divine. S thought that it was a little dry, it needed more sauce, but I really enjoyed it just as it was. I loved the different types of heirloom carrots, the texture of the sponge like cake and the different flavours. It was different but it excelled in so many different ways.

Now the ‘mains’ – Murray cod, roast potato consommé, Jerusalem artichoke was probably one of the best dishes of the night. The Murray cod was absolutely lovely, tender and moist. The potato consommé was delightful. It was really quite exquisite.

Next the pork, young almond, coffee – oh my my, pork – pork – I really looked forward to this dish. The pork was a little pink on the inside, the coffee broth was subtle and the young almond really gave it that extra nutty flavour. I thought it was ok at first but as I ate more and more of it, the combination of the flavours really grew on me and by the end, I wanted more. It was just divine.

The last of the main dish – beef, samphire, prawn floss was another wonderful dish. Medium rare, tender and succulent beef served with apple and prawn floss exceeded my expectation. I was getting full but couldn’t help but eat every single thing on the plate. I couldn’t stop, it was just too good to stop.

Elderflower, lychee, rose – wow! The rose ice cream and the lychee served with tapioca jelly. It had fresh ginger, which was subtle and mad the dessert a little ‘spicy’. It sounds weird I know but far from it. There are really no words to describe it except wow! It was just outstanding.

Last but not least, Peach, beurre noisette, raspberry crisp – the grilled peach, the dollop of raspberry and the burnt butter crisp was the perfect way to end the meal. It was good but I would have preferred to end the meal with the rose ice cream and lychee – that’s definitely the best out of the two.

But wait, there was more – petite fours – coconut marshmallow and chocolate walnut. I was really getting full by this stage. The coconut marshmallow was nice, I am not a massive fan of the coconut, but marshmallow – I love. The chocolate walnut was wonderful, dark chocolate exterior with walnut in the inside – yum!

I was seriously impressed. Considering how much I didn’t like my first visit, I was definitely surprised. This was definitely better, and S did enjoy it as well. Funnily though, Daniel Puskas went to Sepia and I didn’t enjoy Sepia as much as I thought I would.

OW is quite a small restaurant, twelve tables max, the tables filled up as the night went on. The staff was friendly and tentative. The service I thought was fantastic and we didn’t have to wait that long between each courses. The menu changes on a regular basis and I’d be more than happy to revisit again in the New Year.

We had a great evening talking, laughing, catching up – thanks for listening S, it’s always wonderful to catch up with you. S treated me to this wonderful meal, and my turn next time round! Still on the waiting list my friend, I haven’t forgotten!

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Oscillate Wildly

275 Australia Street

Newtown 2042

Ph: +61 2 9517 4700

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  1. December 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I haven’t been to OW since they switched to their degustation-only menu. I do love the intimate space they have here and that pork, coffee and almond dish sounds amazing!

    • December 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm

      i would happily go back again! didnt like it before though, but it was good the 2nd time round. you should def try it…

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