District Dining, Surry Hills

15 Oct

Highlight – Abundance of items on the menu

Lowlight – Odd welcome from staff

Seared scallops, Jerusalem artichoke, crispy pancetta, prune

Seared scallops, Jerusalem artichoke, crispy pancetta, prune

Crispy courgette flower, Jannie goats curd, pinenuts, honey

Crispy courgette flower, Jannie goats curd, pinenuts, honey

Crispy quails eggs, tarragon mayonnaise

Crispy quails eggs, tarragon mayonnaise

Crispy pigs ears, Szechuan salt

Crispy pigs ears, Szechuan salt

FOOD?

Altogether we shared eight dishes between four people. Favourites would be the crunchy-outside-soft-inside texture of the zucchini flowers arranged on a generous amount of goats curd with pinenuts and honey. Scallops were cooked perfectly and were of a decent size. The cartilage-esque crispy pig ears were the talk of the night, can’t say that I loved them but didn’t mind eating them as they were seasoned well with Szechuan salt.

After six dishes we were still keen for more so decided on the roasted spatchcock and lamb rump to fill us up. The colourful succotash was both pleasing to the eye and tastebuds and went well with the juicy spatchcock. Our lamb rump was tender although I did not taste the mint flavour in the gravy.

Dishes are presented rustically on wooden chopping boards and were all visually appealing. We were definitely spoilt for choice with the menu and there are many more items that I’d like to try on my next visit.

Roasted spatchcock, sweetcorn, succotash, bacon

Roasted spatchcock, sweetcorn, succotash, bacon

Lamb rump, caponata, crispy polenta, mint gravy

Lamb rump, caponata, crispy polenta, mint gravy

AMBIENCE?

We had a lovely night at District Dining with awesome company, food and wine. The venue is large and the tables are constantly filled with patrons. Everyone is engrossed in loud conversation probably due to the relaxed dining atmosphere.

STAFF?

We arrived at the restaurant on time for our booking and were informed our wait would be around 10-15 minutes. This was fine except that we were told to wait in this random pub around the corner, that was completely separate from District Dining. Worse yet, it was pouring with rain. The weirdest thing was that no one else was told to wait there, just us! So we just sat on some bar stools for a few minutes and then decided it was too strange and headed back up through the rain to the restaurant.

Besides that, once seated we were greeted by a charming waiter who was helpful in terms of ordering and also happy to have small chats with us during the night.

VALUE?

Food and service were of a high standard so we were happy with the prices. However it did all add up a bit after the eight dishes plus wine.

BOOKINGS?

Yes bookings are accepted here but book early to avoid disappointment as this place is quite the popular one!

9

out of 10!

District Dining
17 Randle Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
02 9211 7798

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2 Responses to “District Dining, Surry Hills”

  1. masao November 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi Sam it looks yammy !!!
    I am following your website yet

    • FOOD CHEE November 6, 2011 at 3:57 am #

      Yes it was! Next time you go to Sydney you must try! 🙂

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