Sunday. Traditionally a day of rest, where you find somewhere comfy to read the weekend papers and psych yourself up for the working week ahead. I miss those days when I was a Uni student and having everyday feel like a Sunday. I was a professional lady of leisure without a care in the world. Of course I had assignments and exams to worry about, but procrastination was my forte.
Enter the grown up world of 9-5.30 Mondays through Fridays. Now, Demos and I value every minute of the weekend and there is no time for procrastination, especially when the Blue Skies are out. For us, Sundays are spent having quality time with food and this particular Sunday afternoon was happily spent at Bloodwood, Newtown.
We have been wanting to visit Bloodwood after walking past one morning and seeing the menu displayed outside. "They have duck Demos. Duck Sausage with Plum Sauce." And for the next few weeks, Bloodwood seemed to be popping up everywhere. Magazines, Newspapers, Websites - most proclaiming their affection for this new King St eatery. Now it was our turn to try it. With the sun out, we start off with some Sidra Escanciador ES Spanish Cider ($9.00) - So refreshing! This drink was suggested by our lovely waiter after our original choice was unavailable. Another bit of sad news was that the Duck dish was also sold out (Okay, we had a bit of a sleep-in, and already managed to do a bit of shopping, so at this stage we were having lunch at 3.30 pm..)
We thought we'd sample a few small dishes instead of having a huge feast. The simple brown paper menu was a treasure trove of tempting dishes. The ever so popular Polenta chips with gorgonzola dipping sauce ($9) was a hit in my books. So much so that on our next visit - a double serve is in order. The chips are crunchy and light, and i didn't feel an ounce of guilt as I coated each millimetre of golden polenta with the rich gorgonzola sauce. So delectable, it will have you pining after having the last bite.
The fried bean curd roll ($15) is hands down one of the most delicious and unique dishes I have had. It was pretty much a bundle of yummy flavours, rolled up and fried. Thank you, chef Jo Ward from the bottom of my little heart for creating this dish - I honestly could not stop eating this! It was like a sausage of Crab, Pork, Shitake Mushrooms encased in a crispy, and not too oily, skin.
Its the inside-out sushi roll's naughty cousin.
For something sweet we decided to try the Bloodwood Trifle ($12). Demos and I have had our share of daggy trifles - soggy, super sweet, and mega rich trifles. This particular variation, erased all those bad 90's birthday trifle memories. Fresh sweet strawberries, Whipped cream with vanilla seed through it, buttery sponge cake, honeycomb biscuit pieces for crunch, a gutsy custard and we suspect, some naughty champagne jelly it was a High Distinction all the way. Demos tried to salvage every last drop of this delicious dessert, we'll be coming back for more!
Bloodwood is an awesome addition to the Newtown eating scene. We live so close to Newtown, but unfortunately neglected to recognise the awesome places that have been popping up. Newtown, it has been a while. We were frequently found in the neighbouring cafe's during our last year of Uni (yes we were both skipping lectures) and it has also come a long way since I was working at RPA hospital. We promise to never overlook you again when hunger hits. What an enjoyable Sunday meal indeed.
And now, to re-start the working week. Hope you all had lovely weekends! Let us know what you got up to, or if you have any exciting Newtown gems to share. Oh how I wish tomorrow consisted of only a 1 hour class at midday and being at home in time for Ready Steady Cook on TV.