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Monday, 19 March 2012

Newtown's Bloodwood, Sydney

Bloodwood has since opening its doors in February 2010 become a staple in Newtown’s dining scene. Located at the southern end of King Street, it continues to attract a steady clientele of resident hipsters and their proud liberal parents!

While casual dining awaits, they don’t take bookings so be prepared to wait but you can use the time to browse the extensive wine list where organic and biodynamic selections take pride of place, or sample a fine cocktail.

We had read a number of mixed reviews about the place before arriving and this made choosing what to order a little challenging. While some commentators suggested the meals were meagre we decided to try four of the entree size meals. The polenta chips had to be one of them and judging by its appearance on every other table we weren’t missing out either.  The socca chickpea pancakes were a gorgeous dish and were quite substantial with the addition of pumpkin, quinoa and feta (and I am guessing the taste mustard seeds).  The asparagus was cooked to perfection with the spanner crab, however the crab was overtaken by a distinctly eggy flavour and the oily breadcrumbs made it quite a heavy dish.  The cassava croquettes were genius round puffy donut shaped balls distinctly like the asian puff balls you get at food fairs, they beautifully set off with the cherry tomato salsa balanced with tart pomegranate seeds and mint.

Thinking we had left room for dessert we valiantly attempted the house proud Bloodwood Trifle and the Chocolate Tarte. The trifle featured a rich pound cake, summer berries, crème anglaise and topped with a light yoghurt mascarpone. The bittersweet chocolate tart reminded me of the Espressoholic Chocolate silk cake, deliciously accompanied by a light fluffy caramel mousse with a salty crunchy peanut topping.  We were done by then, well and truly!

If you’re looking for simple large plated meals, Bloodwood may not be for you, however the dishes are rich and flavourful and we were more than full (pretty much rolling out!). They have achieved a great middle ground for dishes with a few key ingredients and tasty combinations in a casual atmosphere (if you have dining companions that are hard of hearing please be warned that the acoustics may prove challenging as the industrial interior creates competition for voices and music pumped through the sound system).  Though I might need a few more hours yet I certainly know I will look forward to a future visit for more dining adventures with this menu. 

Bloodwood
416 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 7699

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