One hot and sunny day...we brunch.
Choice of the day was Bloodwood at Newtown. My goodness, I don't want to get into the details of getting to this restaurant, but let me just tell you, it was quite a challenge. Think parking, Newtown, weekend, peak hour...I was so grumpy by the time I arrived.
The restaurant itself was pretty interesting, dark woods, dim lighting, overall very dark verging on eerie! I quite liked the open style restaurant so I could peek at what the chefs were cooking!
The menu was concise with some really interesting sounding dishes, took me a while but there were some dishes I definitely had to try.
Our first dish that came out was the Braised lamb nuggets with pistachio crumbs to me
was such a strange dish by name but proved to be very yummy from my first bite! The casing was really thick and crispy, like a chicken schnitzel! Though there was supposed to be pistachio crumbs, I couldn't taste it at all...pity as I was really looking forward to it :/
We were deliberating over whether those green bits were chillis or jalapeños, and though I can't remember the our verdict anymore, it turned out to be the latter! They were nice to eat together between bites of the nuggets which were very rich and the sour jalapeños worked wonders to cut through the richness.
The nuggets were sitting in a sea of what was sort of a sweet/salty/sour soy sauce - it definitely gave the dish more umm...what's that word...oh yeah, dimension!
Next came our board of their famous polenta chips with a cute little cup of gorgonzola sauce on the side! I was super hyped about this dish as I remember hearing about them a few years ago at Taste Festival, but let me just say, I was sorely disappointed. I could literally only eat two of them before I gave up. The crunchy coating was so tough and though the insides were okay, I would say that overall, they were tough and tasteless. You would think that the gorgonzola sauce would give some perk, and though it did help little, I found the sauce to be rather bland too. Hmm..not sure how that works when that's supposed to be some stinky cheese...
This was totally our favourite for the day! Exceptionally fresh chipotle tuna carpaccio. Goodness me the tuna was so silky smooth and fresh not to mention the crispy green papaya and smear of plantain chutney (I wonder what that could be...) that it was sitting on. The way I worked my magic was I got a bit of everything and popped it on a chia cracker. See those seedy bits wedged between the beautiful tuna? :)
Soon after we got our cheese plate. I was really craving cheese that day for some reason...
We chose the brie de nangis...from a cow in France? Haha I would like think so. The brie was very nice and smooth and it was awesome with the raisin breads. What I found really unique about this dish was the addition of earl grey soaked sultanas. I loved it! The sultanas were bursting with tea juices which added just a little fragrant moisture to my salty cheese and sweet bread companions.
This was Bloodwood's famous trifle. A cute little glass was filled with layers of coconut anglaise, pineapple, chunks of coconut dacquoise, rum jelly and fluffy yoghurt mascarpone. I swear there was something extra in there that wasn't stated on the menu. My guess would be that it was chunks of coconut dacquoise. Whatever it was made the dish even more delicious. I love this with passion.
Then there was the jasmine infused tapioca structured into a cube topped with fresh mango, and again sesame crackers. The green mass on the side was yum. What is that interesting green mass you ask? That my clever friends, I will let you figure out :)
Yours truly and appreciatively,
*** Craving Spoonfuls of Wanderlust...