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Bloodwood Restaurant and Bar

Address
Address:
416 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042
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Contact:
Tel : +61 2 9557 7699
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
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Housed in the former Newtown Conservatory on King Street, Bloodwood is a down-to-earth neighbourhood restaurant with a modern Australian menu designed to share. This place has everything from veggie burgers to lamb kibbeh and it's all served with rustic charm. Bloodwood's dining room has been constructed using mostly recycled and reclaimed materials - the whole place is a work of art. On warm nights, grab a seat on the huge open balcony.


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On Newtown's dining strip, King Street.

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Watch out, Surry Hills – with the likes of casual fine diner Bloodwood on the scene, Newtown may be giving you a run for your foodies’ hard-earned money. Ex-Claude’s trio Claire van Vuuren, Jo Ward and Mitchell Grady have joined forces in the kitchen of the relaxed yet refined eatery in the heart of boho Sydney.

The lego-and-light bulbs artwork by the bar is a sneak peek at what lies beyond the long, skinny entrance area – a funky dining space with exposed brick walls, yellow-tinted pipe work and colourful reclaimed front doors floating overhead.

Our sprightly waitress is oh-so enthusiastic at the day’s lunch offerings and keen to explain the menu is best a shared affair. The polenta chips’ fluffy insides belie their crunchy shells, served alongside a pungent gorgonzola dipping sauce. Cuttlefish flesh scarred with chargrill marks has just enough bite, its subtly burnt bitterness echoed in the accompanying shredded radicchio and fennel salad, set off with salty green olives and fragrant herbs. The confit Jerusalem artichoke tart is rich yet delicate; the fine, flaky pastry soaks up a flavoursome onion soubise.

The food here is polished, its varied Asian and European influences heralding a true modern Australian approach. Nonetheless, the restaurant’s unpretentious atmosphere begs diners to return to its friendly surrounds to try ever-evolving signature dishes, like the Bloodwood trifle that mixes seasonal fruit with pound cake and crunchy meringue pieces. Or, simply sipping a coffee at the bar’s banquette seating and people-watching Newtown’s colourful passers by is equally appealing.

Alecia Wood
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Bloodwood Restaurant and Bar - User Reviews

munki76:

A perfect balance of vibrant and funky, without being pretentious, with attentive and well-informed staff who were working their butts off on a very busy night. We were told about the share-plate menu concept immediately, and it worked really well. We had the polenta chips (chunky, crisp with soft centres and a delicious gorgonzola sauce) $9, the mushrooms (mixture of varieties in a really imaginative mint and herb dressing, with bread - wiped the plate clean it was so tasty) $17, and the salted cod (3 decent sized fillets with a great garnish and creamy sauce) I think also around $17. And there was a fantastic beer, wine and cocktail list (we chose the Italian Manabrea beers at $7 a pop - very reasonable and a good accompaniment to the share plates). We also had coffees afterwards which were also excellent. The standard of the food made it great value. No it’s not the ch eapest in Newtown, but the food in Newtown is rarely this original and imaginative, and damn delicious - no complaints at all!review  22/04/2011

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Bar / Wine Bar
Cheap & Cheerful
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Hens Nights/parties


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