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District Dining, Surry Hills

15 May, 2011

So the past month or two has been such a whirlwind of exams, study and work and so now I introduce you all to a place which will not disappoint! A more casual, relaxed fine dining with dishes designed to share, I am so excited every time I’m going to fine dining. Thank you head chef Warren Turnbull (also head chef of Assiette)!

My favourite thing about District Dining is the way each dish is so vibrantly presented! The waitstaff are always always so professional, thoughtful and accommodating. Although at times if you are dining in the early dinner session, they may seem a bit pushy at times (though still very nice!) but you realise they’re only trying their best to make sure you have enough time to enjoy their awesome dessert!

Pimentos del padron ($8.00)

Basically Spanish small green peppers, and similar to a chili roulette, nothing beats starting dinner with some fun and games for everyone! Fortunately we didn’t seem to get a chili one…

Crispy pork belly, watermelon, cashews, pickled daikon ($24.00)

I’m so fascinated with anything cooked with watermelon… Goes well!

Veal tongue, pickled turnip, salsa verde, almonds ($16.00)

Loved how the veal tongue was so big and juicy! And the pickled turnips… Mmm…

Steak tartare, aioli, french fries, sourdough ($18.00)

This entree is great to share. I love how everyone can pass it around the table and take as little as they need (or as much as they can!) But the fries are so good they’re is never enough! haha

Field mushroom, truffled pecorino, caremalised onion pizza ($18.00)

I seem to always recently be surprised at how amazing vegetarian dishes can be! If you had your veggies, trust me, you will still love this mushroom pizza!

Riverine premium sirloin – green harissa, red onion compote ($29.00)

Those who know me know that I’m a HUGE beef fan but I think this dish was overshadowed by the amazing lamb (below). So I just Googled what “harissa” is – a mix of chillies and herbs such as coriander but don’t worry, not spicy at all!

Ras el hanout, lamb rump, pumpkin hummus, honey feta ($26.00)

The best lamb ever cooked! The lamb is super juicy and tender I almost mistook it for beef! The flavoring of the pumpkin hummus was also subtle and I just couldn’t seem to have enough.

Strawberries, raspberries, meringue, vanilla cream ($12.00)

The crispy sweetness of the meringue completely balanced out by the refreshingly sour strawberries and raspberries… I’m still craving more…

Chocolate parfait, banana cream, peanut brittle ($12.00)

Chocolate parfait which was just layer after layer of surprise! The peanut brittle on top with banana cream and then some rich chocolately mousse-like treasure at the very very bottom.

Both desserts that we had were totally delicious. The good and bad thing about district Dining is that the menu is constantly changing due to seasonal ingredients. The good – a forever changing and refreshing menu. The bad – not being able to taste the same amazing dessert you had last time!

District Dining
17 Randle Street
Surry Hills, 2010
T: (02) 9211 7798

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  1. 16 May, 2011 11:25 am

    Big juicy tongue :D

    The lamb looks like the pick of the lot – YUM!

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