What struck me first about Concrete Blonde is its trendy setting with some pretty interesting features such as the “graffitied” awning cover. Very cool.
There is also live jazz on Sunday! I’m not sure whether or not they were the resident jazz band, but they were really toe-tappingly good.
Being a terrible light-weight, I sadly could only try one of their cocktails: the gin-based Vertigo (which was most delicious, or as Linda would call it, “definitely drunkable”). I’ve been told that the Bayswater Breeze is also very, very good. It definitely is something I’ll be trying when I come back – especially when Concrete Blonde has $7 cocktails before 7pm! Awesome.
We nibbled on some scrumptious rosemary foccacia, salty olives and creamy feta cheese while we were deciding on what to order. I think I can easily eat a hundred of those foccacia pieces!!
The Sunday Lunch is pretty well priced, I thought, at $40 for 2 courses and $48 for 3.
I didn’t get to try these dishes (except for the school prawns, which packed a punch in flavour), but I love how prettily they were presented.
Though I would have to say that the seared scallop dish was the most striking – I adored how the severe black plate contrasted with the vibrant colours of the dish’s components.
The seared scallop was perfection, as were the salmon and tuna, and all were so fresh! The pea salad and goats curd were wonderful bright and creamy accompaniments to the fish.
The chargrilled swordfish was served with squid, sweetcorn puree, snake beans and crispy garlic. While I also didn’t get to try this dish, I quite like its pretty presentation and thought the swordfish portion was huge!
Then again, when my pork cutlet came, my eyes fairly popped out – now that was a huge dish. There were so many components on the dish / wooden chopping board that I was at a bit of a loss of which angle would best convey its fabulousness.
The chargrilled pork cutlets came with celeriac remoulade, pear, blue cheese and hazelnuts. I don’t remember the hazelnuts, but I don’t think I’ve ever had blue cheese with pork before and I have definitely been missing out – it was a freaking amazing combination, especially with a dash of sweetness from a bite of the pear. The cutlets also came with crackling! While it was a bit on the crunchy side for me, the others adored it.
There were so many sides that I couldn’t possibly try them all and fit in my own dish, but what I tasted (broccoli, roast potatoes and chips) were fantastic and seasoned just so; the carrots were also amazing, I’ve been told. It was the first time I’ve had Yorkshire pudding and I think I am now hooked on its baked goodness.
There were quite a few interesting dessert dishes on the menu, but the white chocolate and honeycomb parfait came highly recommended… and it definitely did not disappoint.
The parfait was like a creamy semi-freddo with a chunk of sweet, sweet honeycomb stuck in its centre. Its creamy sweetness was tempered by the sesame tuille, dollop of salted caramel and a thin sheet of dark chocolate. Bliss.
Concrete Blonde is a great place to kick back and relax with fantastic cocktails and perhaps even better food; I can’t wait to go back, dragging my friends along to boot.