What’s the occasion?
We went to Bloodwood in Newtown as a ‘pre-show dinner’. We were headed to watch Make Way For Ducklings – Make Way For Winter, a comedy sketch all about the Game at Thrones as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2013. This was at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, so Newtown seemed a close-ish place to eat.
- Website: http://www.bloodwoodnewtown.com/
- Address: 416 King Street, Newtown
- Call: 02 9557 7699
- Chefs: Mitch Grady, Jo Ward and Claire van Vuurenis (all ex-chefs of fine dining Claude’s at Woollahra)
Since the started at 7.30pm, we got to Bloodwood pretty early at 6pm and managed to find parking nearby on King St. Then we were to lucky to get a table straight away! Bloodwood only takes bookings for 8+ people – and the places filled up quickly within the next half hour. Two good-lucks in a row!
As their website boasts, there’s four areas for dining: a front bar, mezzanine dining area, deck dining and a communal table in the basement gallery. Take your pick (but get in early).
Bloodwood is similar to another restaurant we went to recently: Ester Bar & Restaurant. The plates are tasty, simple and seasonal, and best for sharing. Their website only shows a sample seasonal menu, but you can get a good idea of prices and the types of food.
This was the first to arrive – a calamari salad with other stuff I can’t remember. It’s not on their online sample menu, but I do remember it being tasty with a good mix of textures. You don’t really taste the calamari as distinctly though.
This one is in their seasonal menu at the moment. Delicious and boneless! There was even a boneless piece shaped into a chicken wing tip!
Other stuff we care about aside from the food:
Price: With two plates to share, you’ll end up satisfied and the dishes are around $20-30 each. This might seem steep compared to the $6 Thai food you find all over Newtown, but it’s definitely a lot better and more varied.
Decor: The decor has an industrial and upcycled feel to it. But it’s comfortable. My cushions were covered in shiny vinyl. If you’re really picky about ambience, their website has a gallery of their interior.
Service: It was good, but once it got busy, it was hard to grab someone. Then when we paid, we seemed to be waiting for our change forever. We began to wonder if we’d just paid some stranger who had then walked out of the restaurant. We had to follow up on our change twice, which was annoying for an otherwise great restaurant.
Would we go back?
I hope so! The dishes are interesting, but not too weird – just tasty. There’s a banquet menu ($50 pp for 4+ groups) which I’d like to try sometime too.
What else is around?
Well, it’s Newtown. There’s tons of interesting shops (art, stationery, books etc) and bars and, of course, people all along King Street. Some things you could do in the area are:
- Catch a movie, including those independent ones, at the Dendy Cinema
- Go swing dancing