The other night a girlfriend and I were on the lookout for a place to eat that we hadn’t been to before. A place that had cocktails were a must, so was the need for good food. There were a few places we were contemplating before we decided on a new restaurant in Kings Cross, Concrete Blonde.
When we walked into Concrete Blonde, just on sunset, we were greeted with a sleek new restaurant that had a fantastic, relaxed lounge area that overlooked the open kitchen and was equipped with overhead heating for the cooler months. Asked if we would like a pre-dinner drink, there was ever really only one answer, and we were seated in the lounge area to relax with a few cocktails.
Looking through the cocktail menu I was a little overwhelmed with all the choices, being notoriously indecisive at the best of times, so the barman offered to choose a cocktail for me – a surprise. How exciting! My girlfriend did the same and we sat back and took in the atmosphere while we watched our drinks being made from a distance.
When our cocktails arrived I was amazed. Anyone that tells you to not drink something for your own safety till it stops bubbly will immediately have me intrigued. Watching the cocktail being poured in front of me, looking luscious, I couldn’t wait to taste it. But wait I had to and turned my attention to the other cocktail on our table.
The ‘other’ cocktail was the Lychee and Rose Martini, which I tried while I waited for mine to become drinkable, was made with vodka, fresh lychee puree and lime juice, shaken with a touch of Cartron Lychee liqueur and rose syrup. Incredible. So fresh and luxurious to drink this was definitely a great cocktail. I was hoping that mine would taste better, and it did.
After we were seated we poured over Executive Chef Patrick Dang’s beautifully designed menu. All the dishes looked amazing, and it was so hard to decide what to order. But in the end we did, and while we chatted over a bottle of wine we were delivered two wonderful plates of appetisers to start of food experience.
Both our entrees arrived, and looked amazing. My date for the evening had the “gnocchetti” of potato (handmade) that were served with eda mame, sweet corn, brown butter emulsion, tarragon and shemiji mushroom. The individual flavours of this dish were incredible. The brown butter emulsion to-die-for and worked well with the freshness of the vegetables.
My dish, the heritage breed berkshire pork (twice cooked) was so wonderful, and full of flavour, that I wanted another plate. The smokey flavours of the smoked eel brandade added an extra level to the dish, that was also served with broccolini, black cabbage and kohlrabi salad.
Time for mains, and the smells wafting up from our plates were fantastic. My friend ordered the wild Mulloway, which was pan roasted and served with cauliflower, currant, capers, Iranian saffron and almonds. The fish was cooked to perfection, with the capers adding a lovely seasoning to the dish.
The Holstein veal cheek (slow cooked) was the dish I ordered, and I demolished it. The veal cheek was served with celeriac, chestnut, king brown mushrooms and sage. This dish caught my attention originally because of the chestnuts, which i had been craving of late, but the dish as a whole was so delightful that the other dishes I was thinking about were completely forgotten.
To add to our wonderful mains we also decided to try to fabulous salads. The Gem Salad, combining tomato, vanilla, blue cheese and ya pear, and the Japanese ‘Wafu’ Salad, which combine oak lettuce, wakame, daikon and cucumber. Both salads were amazing and perfectly complemented our dishes in different ways.
Finally, the Pont L’évêque arrived. A cow’s milk chhese from France that was served with black olive paste, rosemary jell-o and orange salad. I had been looking forward to this since I saw it on the dessert menu. Not to be outdone the Guanaja chocolate, another I was eyeing off on the menu, was devine made from Valrhona 70% chocolate with sicilian pistachio, confit of orange and olive oil jam. Both desserts, shared, were the perfect way to finish off the evening.
Every plate of food that I tried was delicious. There were so many other dishes that I wanted to try that will have to wait till next time, and I almost wish I worked in the area so I could pop for a quick bite, or more likely a long lunch.
Concrete Blonde is a great place for any occasion, for a catch up friends, cocktails in the lounge, or even a family lunch. This Sunday being Father’s Day would be the perfect time to try out their menu with a special three course lunch (for $75) made specifically for the day.
Concrete Blonde has the ability to adapt to whatever vibe you need, and although the weather was slightly chilly when I was there, the heaters provided comfort and warmth and I can only imagine how fantastic it will be to sit on the lounge sipping cocktails on a summers eve.
33 Bayswater Rd
Kings Cross NSW 2011
+61 2 9380 8307