Chiswick Restaurant, Woollahra
Chiswick the latest addition to the Matt Moran’s empire! Located on Ocean Street in Woollahra, the place was spacious, lots of front of house and kitchen staff. There is a150 square metres of garden linked to the kitchen. Unfortunately it was dark when we rocked up for dinner, it’s quite a shame as I think it would be quite lovely during the day and lunch time.
The place was busy and buzzing when we rocked up. It took a while to get a reservation, the earliest time we could get was at 6pm but we had to give up the table by 8pm. The menu at Chiswick is divided into into sections, nibbles, small plates, mains, to share and sides. I was dining with two other girls, and thought we would get something from each section.
The presentation of the sliced kingfish, breakfast radish, lemon aioli, parsley ($19) was beautiful, albeit small serving. The kingfish was fresh and the radish and parsley a wonderful complement. The lemon aioli was a little bitter but in small doses was actually quite nice.
We all couldn’t go past the crisp butter milk chicken, cabbage, harissa, mayonnaise ($20). The skin was very crispy and it is a healthier version of the KFC. Although I have to admit though, I do prefer the fried chicken at Ms G’s.
The famous wood roasted Moran family lam, chick peas, mint ($59), I am not usually a fan of lamb but have heard wonderful things about it and we HAD to order it! It was HUGE serving, enough to feed a 3 hungry men, instead of 3 hungry women! The lamb was incredibly tender that it just fell apart. It didn’t have that lamb-y taste which both M and I dislike. Surprisingly, we both enjoyed it and had more than a couple of mouthfuls!
S couldn’t resist the hand cut chips, thyme, black garlic aioli ($9) – the chips were good but I think it could be a lot more crunchier. I wasn’t a huge fan of black garlic aioli, it had this earthy flavour which I can’t really explain. S enjoyed it though.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to have dessert, we finished our mains by 7.50pm and was told by the waiter that he couldn’t serve us dessert as they needed the table back by 8pm. He suggested that we ‘could’ sit at the bar ‘if there were room for us’. It was just too difficult so we thought we would skip it – save calories as M said!
Service was friendly but a little bit of a hit and miss – they did forget our bread at the beginning as we had to ask for it. Food was nice, it has been a while since my last visit to ARIA so I can’t really compare. It is definitely more casual and more relaxed than ARIA. Can’t believe how busy the place was, even for a Wednesday night!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
65 Ocean Street
Ph: +61 2 8388 8688