District Dining, Surry Hills

on Aug 9, 2012 in Modern Australian

District Dining, Surry Hills

District Dining is a relatively new establishment which has already achieved a coveted chefs hat. For those who have been to Assiette this restaurant is also run by Warren Turnbull.

I previously didn’t know much about the place I was looking at somewhere at little bit fancy for a night out with Miss K. I trawled through all the chefs hat restaurants and settled on DD because it looked relaxed, was affordable and had an interesting menu which reminded me of Movida in Melbourne. We absolutely LOVED it, the food was great and the service was excellent.

Our first dish above was Brik Rolls which were on special. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good look at the menu so can’t remember exactly what was in it aside from Fetta Cheese and Chicken πŸ™ On the bright side they were delicious and crispy with a lot of flavor, a great choice for entree.

Steak Tartare, Aioli, French Fries, Toast

For our second dish of the night we ordered the raw steak tartare because we didn’t think we could stomach the pigs ears and I refused to eat the quail eggs (I have them as pets :(). Lucky for me I didn’t regret the choice.

I loved the idea of the dish but I have to admit we couldn’t figure out how it was meant to be eaten properly. This dish is a great example of great ingredients, the beef mixed with herbs combined with aioli and tobasco sauce turned out much better than I expected.

Elephant Hill Chardonnay

Our complimentary bottle of Elephant Hill Chardonnay, it was free which is probably the only reason I actually drank it πŸ™‚ I actually kind of like the taste of it quite a bit now.

Breaded Dory Fillets, Peas Lemon Mayo

It was so hard to decide what else to order but I decided to go with this dish. I have to say this was my least favorite dish of the night as I’m not the biggest fan of fish or peas (in comparison to the rest of our dishes). It did taste nice in the end but I felt that it lacked a lot of flavor and was very bland in comparison to the rest of the menu.

Miss K seemed to enjoy it though as she’s a big fan of fish, fortunately I found that mixing the fish with lemon and mayo AND the peas made it taste a bit better.

Mushroom, Artichoke Tallegio Pie

Miss K probably loved this dish the most, at first we thought it was going to turn out as a solid pudding but after poking a hole into it we discovered the mushroom goodness inside. We obviously ordered this as soon as we saw that it contained mushrooms πŸ™‚

The soup/sauce/broth inside was rich and flavorsome so this was one of my favorite dishes, I wouldn’t call it a pie though because there’s not muchΒ  pastry underneath!

Inside the pie

Ricotta Tart with Fig Ice Cream

Miss K was too full to have much of this dessert but I loved it, the tart itself was soft and sweet (it was warm). The ice cream tasted unique but at the same time it very smooth and easy to eat. I’ve always found it hard to describe dessert so I’ll leave it at that but do give this dish a try I love it πŸ™‚

Overall we spent about $100 at District Dining for two, I felt that it was worth it and would definitely come back here once the menu rotates.

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  1. the golden pastry on the pie looks delicious!

  2. My friend from work used to own pigeons as pets and for the very same reason, refuses to eat them even to this day.

    I love Surry Hills and would like to check this place out the next time I’m in Sydney πŸ™‚

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