Sunday, November 24, 2013

Oscillate Wildly

Hello :) On Wednesday I finished my third year at university, and it was also my three year anniversary with Adrian. Being such a special day, we decided to go out to a fancy place, and ended up choosing a charming restaurant Oscillate Wildly in Newtown. I'd read some great reviews online and in the paper, and was always intrigued by the tiny space, situated right next to Black Star Pastry. 

The menu is a set 8 course degustation ($100), with the option of matching wines ($75) which we didn't opt for. Now, let's talk food ...

There were two pre course 'drinks', the first was this kir royale sugared paper. Just delightful! 

Another genius 'drink', this was a gin & tonic infused sugar cane. This was so delicious, gin & tonic is usually my drink of choice too!

Sourdough rolls with Danish butter and smoked pork lard. Simply melt in your mouth. After these appetisers we knew the following 8 courses were going to be a treat !!

First course ... swordfish sashimi on a rice cracker with smoked butter. One of my fav courses, the swordfish was just beautiful.

Second course ...foie gras, artichoke, macadamia. 

Third course ...job's tears (barley), shiitake, and black garlic. Topped with a gruyere foam ...oh my!

Fourth course ...murray cod, potato, almonds. Lovely piece of fish, with some nasturtium leaves too.

The lighting was dimmed at this point, hence the quality of the photos ain't great!

Fifth course ...pork belly, with crackling and a mustard and parsley broth. 

Sixth course ...wagu beef with yolk and radish.

The next dish was optional, and we chose to share it ...cheese on toast with a twist.  Parmesan icecream with toasted breadcrumbs = clever !! 

Seventh course ...the next two courses were dessert, and this one had coconut sorbet, finger limes, and tapioca pearls put da lime in da coconut!

Eighth course ...terrible photo, excellent dish! Chocolate sorbet with eucalyptus and a toffee sheet.

There were also chocolate truffles and fancy fruit jellies at the end and we even got a menu to take home. I was so glad I found the place and loved every single dish, beautiful flavours, interesting textures and just so delicious! The service was great, and I felt $100 was fabulous value for money, especially considering we were there for three hours. Highly recommended for a memorable evening out.

Hannah x

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