Sydney’s Song Kitchen has fast become one of our favourite dining haunts and what’s not to love about a not-for-profit restaurant that serves fine food for a fantastic cause.
For the uninitiated, Song Kitchen supports the YWCA NSW (an organisation that helps women experiencing domestic violence) so you can dine in the knowledge that you are doing something for the greater good. Led by the creative and passionate new head chef, Elizabeth Mason, the restaurant serves up delicious Mediterranean bistro favourites presented in a stunning fashion made using fresh Australian grown produce.
Mason frequently works with ingredients that she says are underrated, seeking out simple and seasonal produce that add surprising depth and elegance to her meals. Her approach fuses Middle Eastern, Italian and Mediterranean influences with modern Australian fare, resulting in flavour-packed dishes.
Having just launched her second menu, we recently popped over to Song Kitchen to experience some of the tasty offerings. Encapsulating summer with a strong focus on her great love of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, the menu features some outstanding dishes.
To start, there are the insanely delicious Sydney Rock Oysters with finger lime and black pepper, the Saltfish Brandade with radish, herb oil and grilled flatbread, the perfectly Grilled Pumpkin with roast garlic aioli, samphire and olive, the Roast Duck Salad with cucumber, barberry, chervil and date, and our absolute favourite – the Octopus with tomato, oregano and hazelnut. This perfect pre-meal appetizer is super healthy, bursting with flavour and has never failed us!
The main meal options are equally as spectactular featuring some new additions and a few favourites getting a tweak. There’s the Chargrilled Wagyu Hanger Steak with borlotti beans, leek and churrasco sauce, the spicy Spanish Mackeral poached in olive oil, chermoula, celery and pomegranate, the Crispy Roast Chicken with spelt, sweet pea tabbouleh and preserved lemon, the delectable Okra Naxos with tomato, potato, chilli relish, coriander and seasoned yoghurt, and our top pick – House-Made Squid Ink Tagliolini. The gorgeous dark pasta pairs perfectly with the prawn, cherry tomato and chilli breadcrumbs – we had to lick the plate clean for this one!
For dessert, it’s hard to go past the sweet Rosewater Meringue and Pistachio Ice-cream Sandwich with salted caramel and fluffy fairy floss or the rich Dark Chocolate Pudding with spiced espresso mascarpone and honeycomb. But we found a new favourite – the House-Made Kaymak Cream with peach, nuts, honey and saffron syrup – delicious, summery and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Song Kitchen is a great venue to enjoy a tasty meal with friends or family. And with a wide variety of cocktails, wines, ciders and beers to choose from and its CBD location, it’s in the prime position for after-work drinks.
5/11 Wentworth Ave, Sydney