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Published July 14th 2013
Chiswick - A Woollahra Style Garden Lunch
In the leafy surrounds of Woollahra in Sydney's East, surrounded by tree-lined paths, beautiful hedges and a flowing fountain, is Chiswick Restaurant, the latest food venture from the masterminds of celebrity Chef Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan.
Typically Woollahra style, Chiswick Restaurant is an undeniably chic restaurant and Sydney hotspot for the well-heeled.
What was formerly Pruniers has been reformed into a restaurant specialising in local, seasonal produce to deliver top notch fare that is designed to share.
The restaurant one could easily be mistaken for a beautiful, English country style garden, and once inside, one feels as though they have been invited to a private garden luncheon in a beautiful home.
The light filled space has a contemporary dining room, in a glasshouse overlooking the Chiswick Gardens. It features a casual bar area with a large communal table and shaded outside seating. The restaurant is as immaculately groomed as its patrons.
The heart of Chiswick is the kitchen garden where much of the produce for the menu is grown, and the approach is something altogether more natural, continually evolving, where the emphasis is on where the food comes from and how it is grown.
The menu consist of nibbles, small plates, mains, dishes to share, sides and desserts, and picking something from each of these with a group table to share is ideal.
Worth trying is the prawn popcorn with jalapeņos and iceberg lettuce, the pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, and the citrus cured salmon with miso and wasabi.
The prawn popcorn offers lightly deep fried balls of prawn that melt in the mouth. The ravioli is cooked to perfection and offers the perfect combination of the sweet pumpkin with the creamy ricotta, while the salmon is fresh, and tangy.
The roast chicken with baby carrots and radicchio is deliciously juicy, flavoursome and tender, and arrives pre-cut into the perfect portion sizes to share.
You know a restaurant is good when they have tasty sides. The steamed broccoli with garlic and chili makes it worthwhile to eat your greens.
If you can manage to squeeze in dessert, there are many top choices. The apple crumble with cinnamon ice-cream is, quite simply, delightful. The smell of crumble arrives before the dessert is placed on the table. It is smooth, tasty and buttery and is a complete comfort food dish.
For something different, the blackberry and vanilla bombe Alaska is also a good option. An artwork on a plate, the impressive bombe Alaska has a creamy meringue outside and a delicious ice-cream inside.
Chiswick offers the type of food that makes you feel at home, and embraces group dining. It is simple, clean food in a beautiful setting. Come here to share platters of delicious food with friends and family.