Concrete Blonde, Kings Cross, Sydney

07 Jan
January 7, 2013

Concrete Blonde had been on my ‘to eat’ list for quite a while.  So when an invitation was extended by Concrete Blonde’s PR representative, Wassamedia, to attend a Sunday Jazz lunch with other bloggers, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

Concrete Blonde InteriorOn Sundays, Executive Chef Ian Oakes, has designed the perfect menu to accompany the smooth sounds of Jazz in the ‘balcony’ area of this sleek restaurant.  The menu is great value, 2 courses $40/3 courses $48.  It’s location on the 1st floor allows you to capture those soft cooling summer breezes while busy Bayswater Road bustles away below.   With the three piece Jazz band playing away in the background, order some cocktails, and have a very enjoyable afternoon indeed.

Concrete Blonde Cocktailscocktails

Concrete Blonde Homemade Foccaciahouse-made herb foccacia

During the week and Friday lunch, Concrete Blonde offer $7 before 7pm cocktails.  Don’t worry about missing out as it is Sunday, they offer jugs of cocktails to keep you content..  The jugs are designed to be shared between 2-4 people and range from $38-$42/jug.

 Concrete Blonde Crispy School Prawnsspiced school prawns, squid, shallots & lime

Concrete Blonde Stuffed Zucchinimarinated zucchini, goats curd, confit tomato, zucchini flower

Concrete Blonde tuna and salmonseared scallop, marinated tuna, cured salmon, pea salad, goats curd

Other entree options which we didn’t try; salt cod & potato brandade, Pacific oyster, crumbed sardine as well as chicken liver parfait, apple & rhubarb chutney, toasted brioche.

The spiced school prawns were gorgeously crunchy on the outside, designed to be eaten whole.  I ordered the scallop/tuna/salmon entree.  The scallop was cooked perfectly and the delicate flavours of the seafood were balanced beautifully.

Concrete Blonde Rib Eyeroast rib of Tasmanian grass-fed beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and market vegetables (potatoes & vegetables not pictured)

Concrete Blonde Swordfishchargrilled swordfish, squid, sweetcorn puree, snake beans, crispy garlic

Concrete Blonde Porkchargrilled pork cutlet, celeriac remoulade, pear, blue cheese, hazelnuts

Concrete Blonde Gnocchiparmesan gnocchi, Shimeji mushrooms, leek, ricotta

There was also the option of pan roasted chicken breast, garlic puree, English spinach, Jerusalem artichokes.  I chose the roast rib eye, which sadly was probably the most uninteresting dish on the menu.  The Yorkshire pudding that accompanied it was the largest one I have ever seen and ever so crisp.  I tried some of the gnocchi and they were pillowy soft.  Sadly for me, I kept eyeing off the pork dish across from me that looked and smelt amazing, there was even a lovely piece of crackling tormenting me.

Concrete Blonde Dessertchocolate tasting plate

Concrete Blonde Lemon Tartbaked lemon tart, thyme ice cream

Concrete Blonde Dessert 2 white chocolate & honeycomb parfait, sesame tuille

Tara from VegeTARAian, Nic from Dining with a Stud and I decided to order three different desserts and share them.  Why not I had already pilfered Tara’s gnocchi.  The white chocolate & honeycomb parfait was a definite favourite.  I personally am a fan of lemon and found the tart beautifully tart, sadly the thyme ice cream was a little off putting, tasted a bit like face cream.

Also on the dessert menu were vanilla panna cotta, strawberry & rhubarb salad, basil sorbet and a selection of sorbets.

If three courses aren’t enough to suffice your appetite, there is also a range of local and imported cheeses to choose from, one $9/two $15/three $24.

Concrete Blonde Jazz SundaysIf you want to forgo a meal and just settle in to listen to some tunes and sip some cocktails, there is a tasty sounding little bar menu available.  From freshly shucked oysters or spiced popcorn through to warm offerings such as smoked mozzarella arancini or grilled chorizo & Manchego.

The Verdict Live jazz, great cocktails and good food, there are worse ways to wind up the weekend.  A wonderfully relaxed environment for a Sunday afternoon over the Summer months.

Sara xxx

Belly Rumbles dinned as a guest of Concrete Blonde & Wassamedia.

Concrete Blonde
Level 1, 33 Bayswater Rd, Kings Cross
Tel:  +61 2 9380 8307
www.concreteblonderestaurant.com.au

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17 replies
  1. Simon Food Favourites says:

    $7 cocktails sounds like a bargain. the spiced school prawns, squid, shallots & lime looks good although I’m never a fan of desserts with smeared chocolate — just looks so wrong to me.
    Simon Food Favourites recently posted..New Year’s Day: Swim, Fish & Chips and Bocce, Dee Why (1 Jan 2013)

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  2. Ahu says:

    Everything looks so beautiful…especially love the tuille!
    Ahu recently posted..Recipe: Cardamom Almond Cookies

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  3. Miss Piggy says:

    Those cocktails look just the thing for a Sunday arvo (if you didn’t have to work the next day that is) but I think I’d be more tempted by the school prawns…the look GOOD!
    Miss Piggy recently posted..Short Sweet Bakery, Parramatta

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  4. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    LOL yup! Face cream.
    Nic@diningwithastud recently posted..January SABH – Tropical Paradise

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  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    The food looks to have changed a bit since the former chef left which is when I visited and it looks to have simplified a little too :)
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella recently posted..Blueberry Crumble No Churn Ice Cream

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    • Sara says:

      The food has changed quite a bit since Patrick Dang was Executive Chef. Is a different style and I feel a lot more relaxed, which works.

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  6. Food is our religion says:

    Great photos Sara! Have been dying to check this place out, esp for that pork cutlet!
    Food is our religion recently posted..El Loco – Pop up at the house, Sydney

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  7. Gaby says:

    I must be the only food blogger that hasn’t been to Concrete Blonde yet… LOL. The scallops and cocktails look specially yummy to me.
    Gaby recently posted..Review: Palate (Prahran, Melbourne)

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  8. Amanda@ChewTown says:

    I’ll be honest, I don’t realy get out much in the cross these days. I might be tempted to make a special trip it looks great.
    Amanda@ChewTown recently posted..A New Year – Lobster Ravioli, Veal Involtini & Crème Brûlée

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    • Sara says:

      It’s funny, I have only just started to rediscover the eateries around the Cross and Potts Point. Really is some fantastic places to nosh at.

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