Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published December 15th 2014
Fancy a flaming chocolate tart?
Newtown. Home to the hipsters, trend-bars and a fiercely competitive dining scene. Also home to Onyx Lounge; a cocktail bar come dining establishment located right atop Newtown Station on trendy King Street.
The décor is modern and chic with eye-catching red bottles (of water) adorning each table, tall red stools and copious greenery popping against the charcoal grey walls. Fashionable pendant lights dot the room and the bar is similarly strikingly lit in red hues.
The Onyx menu is extensive, but slightly disjointed. It lends itself to a tapas bar, then a pizza bar, burgers Mexican and even the odd schnitzel. It is perhaps here that one realises that the bar is struggling with its identity; a bar would not normally offer such an extensive food range, yet the décor and drinks range are heavily oriented in cocktail bar normalcy's.
Sadly, the dining experience is inconsistent. The chorizo and Potato tapas ($14) bursts with sweet flavour from the Spanish pork chorizo slices & potato chunks in oven roasted Roma tomato and smoky chipotle chilli jam.
The Enchiladas ($22), 3 soft tortillas with marinated pulled chicken topped with spicy green salsa and crumbed fetta cheese resembled pasta on arrival. Swimming in salsa, all flavours of the enchiladas were overwhelmed by the spicy salsa absolutely drowning the plate. Unfortunately this must have been a conscious presentation decision; but falls flat on anyone whom wants to taste the meat (and will require copious glasses of water).
The Onyx Heaven Platter ($32) on the other hand was an extremely desirable combination of prosciutto, Hungarian salami, Tasmanian Brie, gorgonzola, raisins, toasted sourdough, almonds, quince paste and olives. Perfectly balanced in presentation, it was a delight to taste and highly recommended, along with the Flaming Chocolate Tart ($10) served with berry coulis (and salted caramel icecream!)
Flaming chocolate tart ($10) is lit on arrival at your table
Cocktails were very reasonably priced at $14.90 with a large variety to choose from. The Summer Dreams comes highly recommended, and it is nice to see plenty of variety in the offerings here as not everyone likes the 'strong stuff', with occasionally an 'alcoholic milkshake' being high on the priority list!
Based on the items tasted, one would not be incorrect in assuming that the Onyx Lounge's strength lies as a cocktail bar with 'small bites' such as platters and tapas being the forte of the kitchen. It is well worth a try, particularly as a date venue, or a girl's afternoon out as it's easy on the eyes, liquids go down easy, but stick to the smaller bites.