What could be better than cocktails and tapas? Not much I don’t think.
I was excited to receive an invitation for a 5 course feast with cocktails at the funky venue Wooden Spoon in Cremorne. It looks like a bar from the front but a secret (well not really) path leads you into an open dining area. I recommend venturing out the back and indulge in their fantastic tapas.
ADDRESS: 362 Military Road, Cremorne
PHONE: (02) 99045687
OPENING: Lunch- Thus till Sat. Dinner- Mon to Sat
BOOKING REQUIRED:Recommended, although not essential
LEVEL OF CASHOLA REQUIRED: $$
IT’S REVIEW TIME!
With cocktails in hand within minutes of arriving will always be a great start to any night (well
maybe 2 would be even better!). The venue was modern, yet had a cosy ambiance to it. Sitting by
the window you could see the hustle and bustle of Military road whilst relaxing sipping on
cocktails. Sorry guys being here won’t be the same as Bali, but still pretty good seeing you don’t have
to endure the 7 hour flight.
To start the night off we munched on Polenta chips with blue cheese sauce. The sauce was
amazeballs! Unfortunately I had only had a few sips of my cocktail, not enough to think it was ok to dip my finger in! After this drooling experience we ventured to the dining room hoping the rest of the food was of the same calibre.
Chefs Working their magic
The first course of the night was Zucchini flowers stuffed with goat’s cheese. This is always one of my
weaknesses especially if the zucchini flower had a tempura batter which it did!
Polenta Chips & Zucchini Flowers
As many of my friends know, I am not that excited about seafood (how can I even call myself a
foodie?) but the scallops were cooked perfectly and went down well the pea mash. And to top
this course off there was a piece of crispy bacon- yum! My wonderful plus one- Cristina has a
bad food intolerance to shellfish but she still decided to take a bite, as she didn’t want to miss out!
Thankfully there was no need to bring out my nursing skills, but I was ready just in case.
Anytime I see peking duck on the menu it always reminds me of my first encounter with this
fabulous meat. It was 3am (just finished work) and a few of us went to golden century (where
else after midnight). I was taken aback by it! I was so upset I missed out most of my life not knowing
about Beijings’ wonderful creation and Chinas’ national dish. Wooden spoon used peking duck
in a dumpling. The dipping sauce was yum, although the dumplings were a little dry.
Scallops and Dumplings
Refill time, this time I went for ‘Stay Cool San Diego.’ I kind of ordered it for its name (love
Anchorman) rather than its ingredients. Even better it tasted great, not up to my favourite- strawberry and cream- but still pretty close.
Strawberry and Cream Cocktail
Next up, just in case we were not full was pork belly, with candied apple jus. As hoped for it
had a crispy skin, and tender meat. I was feeling pretty full by this stage, even though they were tapa
Pork Belly with Candied Apple
To finish was the mini beef mignon cooked medium (I must admit I am a medium rare fan). It
was tender and had a lovely shiraz sauce to jazz it together.
Overall it was a great experience, good food and cocktails and I plan on visiting again soon (the
strawberry and cream cocktail, is calling my name).
THE LOCALE, DECOR AND VIBE:
Modern with a funky touch décor, just needed some funky music to follow in the dining
LETS TALK PEOPLE POWER:
Staffed well, no waiting to get more drinks. Everyone seemed very professional.
NOM NOM NOM:
The strawberry and cream cocktail (if you hadn’t already guessed). The zucchini
flowers were also a huge hit
Mixed cuisine, not focused on one.
– Polenta Chips, blue cheese sauce
– Zucchini Flowers – goat cheese and basil, tomato and beans
– Seared Scallops, green pea and lemon crush, bacon brittle
– Dumpling- Peking Duck and Bamboo with ponzo sauce; Prawn, scallop and chive with roast
chilli and palm sugar syrup
– Cripsy skin pork belly, celeriac puree, candy apple jus
– Mini beef mignon, wild mushroom salad. Shiraz emulsion sauce
Flick you food was a guest of Wooden Spoon. Thank you to Foggo Gourmet.