It’s been a while since my last visit to District Dining. I really enjoyed our first meal there, and have been keen to go back but never got around to it. Until Uncle organised a get together 11 people, 3 babies, to have lunch one Sunday. They had a new menu, so both Uncle and I were eager to try it out.
Unfortunately with 11 of us, we had to go with the set menu. But there were quite a few options, five different choices for entree, main and dessert all for $70. Hello fancy sparkling water…
For entree, nearly everyone on the table had the kingfish wasabi pannacotta, quinoa and ponzu. It was so pretty, love the dollops of wasabi.
I wanted something different, and opt for spiced pumpkin marinated feta honey walnuts. It was indeed a GENEROUS serving for entree. Tender spiced pumpkin, the walnuts really gave it a nice touch. I didn’t finish this, as I was saving room for the two courses to come, but other diners picked at it and enjoyed it.
For mains, almost everyone had something different, L opt for the 12 hour lamb shoulder, cauliflower salad, olives and Moroccan spices. I didn’t have any of this, but she did say that it was incredibly tender and didn’t have that lamb-y after taste.
Uncle had the wagyu beef brisket, miso glaze, broccolini, pickled daikon. I almost ordered this, but couldn’t go past the duck confit. The beef brisket was melt in your mouth tender, it was deliciously rich and definitely a winter comfort food!
The duck confit, sweet potato, pomegranate, ras el hanout was perfect, tender duck meat and the sweet potato had a nice spicy kick which was too good to stop!
G had the herb gnocchi, asparagus, parmesan cream and pangrittata. I didn’t have any of this, but G seemed to have enjoyed it.
The king salmon, green harissa, moghrabiah cous cous, preserved lemon was also a hit amongst the diners. The salmon was cooked beautifully – pink in the middle, just the way I like it.
For dessert, a few people ordered the meringue, strawberries and cream, raspberry sorbet.
I couldn’t go past the cookie sandwich, coconut and chocolate, honeycomb parfait. It was RICH and absolutely delicious. I love the honeycomb parfait and praline.
Uncle ordered the chocolate mousse, hazelnut brittle ice cream and hazelnut crumble. This was also very rich, but absolutely yummy! A small mouthful was enough for me as I was beyond full!
Thanks Uncle for organising, it was a wonderful lunch amongst friends, and service was excellent. Definitely one of my favourite dining places in Sydney.
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
17 Randle Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: +61 2 9211 7798