Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sydney Eats: Oxford Social

We booked a one day tour during our Sydney trip.  As luck would have it, it rained cats and dogs half of that day.  And since about 90% of the tour is outdoors, we were not able to visit about 50% of the sites, and even got soaked during the cruise.  So after the disappointing tour, everyone was on the edge and feeling not so happy.  We wanted to end the night on a high note, so Brother and I went on a frantic online search on where to eat that night.  The ever reliable TripAdvisor had a restaurant named Oxford Social as #2 in Sydney's best restaurants list, so we decided to take the plunge and just go for it.  For those who are curious, the reason why we didn't go for #1 on the list was because #1 was a gelato place and the parents would kill us if we chose to have dinner there.  LOL!

A quick taxi trip later, we stood outside a small, dark, cozy-looking restaurant.  It looked like a date restaurant!  Actually, we were the only group of 4.  The other tables are all twosome lovebirds.  Haha!  No matter, we were tired and hungry, so we went ahead and ordered away!
Arancini Balls

Insides of the Arancini Balls

For appetizers, we had the Arancini balls.  The what?  It''s something that reminded me of a croquette.  An order would give you two Spinach and Dolce Gorgonzola and two Pumpkin and Parmesan with Beurre Blanc.  Do not be deceived by the size of these balls because they are packed with flavor!  

Chicken Breast Roulade
 "Filled with sun dried tomato, capsicum, pesto served with diced sauteed zucchini, provincial tomato & parmesan crisp"

Never been a fan of chicken breast.  I had a bite of this and found it to be tender.  But when everyone had their fill, they forced me to eat the remaining chicken and it was a bit tough and dry.  Lesson of the day:  better eat them while it's hot!

Pork Belly
 "Braised belly, pork crackling, roasted apple, pork jus & apple puree"

Crunchhh!  Now we're talking!  The pork crackling reminded me of our local chicharon, but a slightly thicker one.  The pork belly on the other hand, was pillow-soft.

Veal Fillet
 "With potato mille feuille, baby carrots & port veal jus"

The menu had me at potato mille feuille.  How on earth is that possible?!  Well, apparently it is.  The potato really did resemble one of my favorite desserts.  And the veal was so tender and so juicy.

Michaud Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

When dessert came around, we asked for recommendations from the server.  She suggested a few things, but when she said that the chocolate cake had something oozing out, we knew we had to get that one.  Well, nothing oozed out.  BUT, the filling inside had such a creamy consistency, something in between a mousse and a syrup.  It was oh so good we almost forgot our own names!  

The verdict?  Oxford Social gets a 4 out of 5.  A bit of a warning:  though service and food is good, the food comes out really, really slowly.  Perfect for date nights, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're in a hurry.

Oxford Social is  at 135 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 2010 Australia

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