Onde in Darlinghurst

March 26th, 2011

Shared dinner and a bottle of wine with friends last night at Onde, a little bistro tucked away on Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst. They don’t take bookings which was perfect as it made it easier to unexpectedly grab dinner for 4 during prime time.  There were a couple of stand outs but otherwise it was a relatively simple, well-presented and well-priced meal.

The fried calamari salad was the favourite. Very lightly battered and fried, served over some greens with bits of tomato. The duck liver pate was also nice and served perfectly for four to share with four pieces of toasted bread. The mains were well presented but low on flavour for my taste. The brisket was beautifully cooked, but very plain, topped with greens and served in a light broth with little slices of pickle (the savior of the dish for me). The rabbit and liver special, which sounded fabulous on paper, looked and tasted more like a grilled chicken salad… boring!  The fish & chips and t-bone (cooked an impressively perfect medium rare) were both served with “french” fries which were yum!

All in it was an enjoyable night at a reasonably priced neighborhood joint in Darlinghurst.

Jon’s bday at the Black Cow

December 26th, 2010

A good night overall but underwhelmed by the steaks at the Black Cow in Launceston, Tassie. We started the evening with tasty oysters, natural with lemon cheeks, and a nice glass of rose sparkling. Jon says they were f’ing good. The menu had a lot of promise with every cut and side you could dream of… but we should have known given the offer for a variety of mustards and sauces to top it off. The eye fillet, the Aussie version of filet mignon, was tender and full of flavor. The porterhouse (closer to a NY strip in Oz and one of my favorites), however, was sadly dry and flavorless. We finished with a rather odd dessert, a mascerated strawberry buried in a birds nest served along side panna cotta and strawberry gelatin, and an ordinary flat white decaf, yes decaf! We enjoyed the service and atmosphere. Tasting through the mustards and horse radish was fun, the rocket salad with pine nuts and parma was a nice combo and we were pleased to have been turned onto a beautiful Aussie cab (Voyager Estate from Mornington Peninsula). We may give it another go if we’re ever back to test out the Rib Eye, but all in, we were left a bit disappointed.

Get Shucked on Bruny Island

December 18th, 2010

Our oysters from Get Shucked on Bruny Island were yum!  Straight off the ferry we high-tailed it for some fresh oysters. A quaint little shack with a dude ready to shuck to order. Straight up with some lemon is all you need.

Garagiste – a delicious intro to Hobart

December 17th, 2010

Well worth the walk in the rain! This trendy little hot spot was our introduction to Hobart. A lovely bottle of d’meure pinot and some tasty plates all with organic, local ingredients made for a great evening. Super-friendly owners and staff too.


Henry Jones Art Hotel

December 17th, 2010

Score!  We were upgraded to the H Jones Suite upon check in at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart.  An interesting mix of history and contemporary art.  I must admit, I was skeptical of this hotel as the pictures on their website looked a bit dark and rustic. It was fabulous! Very clean and comfortable. They do a nice job of sharing the history behind a 19th century jam factory turned high-end accommodation. Recommend the welcome tour. We dropped out after the first half but it was a great intro to the history of the hotel and Hobart nonetheless.