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Food Society, Darlinghurst

It’s always interesting to hear how couples meet. I met ‘The Mother’ about 7.5 years ago now, we met whilst playing indoor soccer. While I admit, it wasn’t love at first sight (as I don’t really believe in that!) it was his kindness, his ability to make me laugh and his ability to listen to me crap on that attracted me to him. To this date, 7.5 years later, we still can’t agree on where we had our first date. I believe it was at the Opera bar, and he seems to think it was at the Cohi Bar.

It has been a wonderful 7 years – dated for three, married for four! We have many interests but the most important I would have to say would have to be our love for travelling! In the first three years, we went to London, Morocco, Wales, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and my favourite would be our around the world wind trip – New York, Caribbean, Barcelona, Rome, Hong Kong. It was ONE HELL of a trip! The next four years was even better! More traveling – five weeks in the US, our one year stint in Hong Kong, where I traveled more than I have ever had in a year – 10 times in one year (and not all with my lovely husband!) including Paris, China, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka and many more! I am sure there will be many more travels ahead, and I look forward to it! I am excited about next year and our future!

So on this ‘special’ day, I thought we would go and celebrate our four year anniversary at Food Society. I had originally wanted to go to Restaurant Arras, but ‘The Mother’ is not big on degustation, and he likes tapas-style food!


Food Society is located on Riley Street in Darlinghurst. From memory, this used to be a run down cooking school, which is now a funky, lavish restaurant and bar. The dishes are tapas-style, designed to share with a modern Eastern European flavour. I love the decor, the red carpet, the Grandma’s comfy lounge where we sat for dinner, and the friendly service.

We started with the complimentary house-cured pickles and bread sticks.


‘The Mother’ ordered the signature cocktail – spiced apple pie, zubrowka bison grass vodka, 4 hour infused apple juice, cinnamon, star anise and lemon zest shaken over ice ($14) and it indeed tasted like an apple pie!


‘The Mother’ absolutely loved the pacific oysters with lemon ice and trout roe ($3.50 each). Fresh, plump and delicious.


‘The Pierogi with organic pork, roasted shallots’ ($2.80 each) was very similar to that of Polish dumpling. The thin pastry, filled with organic pork and topped with bacon pieces. YUM!


The mixed vegetarian board of zucchini stuffed with ricotta, olive and lemon, fried cauliflower and pickles ($20) was a hit. I LOVED the fried cauliflower, kind of wished I ordered it for entree on its own. The zucchini stuffed with ricotta was also delightful.


For more of the substantial dishes, we ordered the chicken breast with potato dumplings, mushrooms and paprika ($25). The chicken breast was tender and succulent and I love the potato dumplings. The sauce I thought was a little rich for my liking and in small doses was ok.


The fillet of beef with lardons, kohlrabi puree and roasted carrots ($27). I had hoped the beef was more pink but chargrilled, this was wonderful. The kohlrabi puree a wonderful complement and there were MORE bacon bits! YUM!


I was getting full by this stage, but still had a little bit of room for dessert. I was intrigued by society signature pashka with strawberry compote ($10) – a Russian baked ricotta cheesecake topped with crumble and strawberry compote. I wasn’t sure what to expect, my first bite of just the pashka on its own was a little weird. It was a little bland but eat all the components together, it was deliciously tasty! I have to admit though, I think ‘The Mother’ enjoyed the dessert more than I did.


I have heard wonderful things about this restaurant from a couple of friends, and I have to say, it lived up to its expectation. The service excellent and friendly.


Thank you to ‘The Mother’ for putting up with me the last 7 years and a wonderful FOUR YEARS! Here’s to many more years to come *raises glass*.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

‘The Mother’s’ ratings: 8.5 / 10

Food Society

91 Riley St

Darlinghurst, 2010

Ph: +61 2 8090 3462

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  1. November 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Congratulations you two, too many more years of being together and travelling to come 🙂

    • November 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

      thanks dumpling girl! ya.. we do love traveling! he doesnt love food as much as i do though…

  2. November 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Big congrats to you both – what a lovely wa to celebrate your anniversry. I like the sound of the Apple Pie cocktail – yum!

  3. November 21, 2011 at 4:40 am

    That chicken looks perfectly cooked!

  4. Suz
    November 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Happy anniversary! Much happiness next year to look forward to! x

  5. November 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Oysters + roe… hmmmm…. The beef does look overcooked.

  6. November 22, 2011 at 12:22 am

    not sure i would order that dessert if it was on the menu .. but kudos to u trying it out
    thats cute how you call him “the mother” haha.. congrats happy anniversary to you both!

  7. November 24, 2011 at 2:29 am

    OMG did they bake their pashka? How weird. It is a traditional Russian/Latvian Easter dish, never cooked. All mixed together, placed in a pashka mould or alternatively a muslin lined terracotta post then weighted down for 24 hours in the fridge. It is served cold. I love the stuff as I grew up with it. Have never seen it served with crumble I must admit LOL.

    Congratulations to both of you on your anniversary!!

    • November 24, 2011 at 3:32 am

      Not sure if they did. It was def cold but with crumble.

      Thanks.. Its been a wonderful 4 years

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