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Published March 13th 2018
Elegant bistro dining with a good cause
Did you know you can support good charitable causes in the comfort of a classy not-for-profit restaurant? Song Kitchen is a special restaurant serving beautiful meals with a good dose of social conscience.
The French head chef, Charlotte Gonzales, leads this special venue with a purpose. Song Kitchen is a not for profit restaurant and 100% of profits are given to funding services and support for domestic violence victims.
It has a setting of an upmarket restaurant, with high ceiling, airy dining space, beautiful lightings and a comprehensive bar area, but it is not an overpriced restaurant. The meals are designed around fresh, seasonal produce with a Mediterranean twist to them.
A relaxed atmosphere accentuated by the soft lights
We started our evening with a lovely dainty pink coloured rose & lychee cocktail from the bar. The cocktail looked deceiving simple with a few rose buds and a lychee fruit resting by the side, but it was a beautiful drink. Not overly sweet and you can taste a hint of vodka aftertaste embedded in midst of the sweet floral scent.
It was soft and delicate in appearance, but it showed its strength.
Sydney Rock Oysters $4 each (shucked to order, champagne vinegar mignonette)
The kingfish ceviche was artfully presented and it was one of my favourite dishes of the evening. The cubed kingfish pieces had a lovely finger lime citrus dressing and the crispy grains added an element of surprise to every bite. It was the superb attention to presentation that added so much to the experience.
It matched really well with the rose & lychee cocktail.
Bruschetta $14 (ricotta, sauteed mushrooms and prosciutto)
Instead of typical bruschetta topped with diced tomato, Song Kitchen offered a more appealing version. Our bruschetta looked very appetising and it was topped with ricotta, sauteed mushrooms and thinly-shaved prosciutto. The chargrilled sourdough bread was deliciously crusty and complemented the toppings very well.
Rabbit Terrine $18 (apricot and pistachio, chargrilled bread)
There were many indulgences on the entree menu and my friend, who just came back from her month-long European holiday and being an adventurous diner, was very interested in trying the Rabbit Terrine.
The Rabbit Terrine was incredibly flavoursome and rich, it contained apricot and pistachio to balance out the meaty texture. It was served with chargrilled sourdough, mustard, cornichons and caper berries.
Authentic French terrine is rare to come by and you should seize the opportunity when you do. We did, and it will be remembered in my epicurean mind.
Grilled Swordfish $35 (eggplant puree, young fennel, mint and pomegranate & kalamata olives)
Swordfish has a meaty texture and is a hard fish to master. I was hesitant to order this main, because of past bad experiences. I was about to pass on it but was intrigued when the waitstaff informed us it was served flame-grilled 'aburi' sashimi style.
Indeed, the swordfish was lightly grilled with a perfectly pink centre. It was soft and juicy. To enhance the dining experience for this dish, I would suggest to slice the fish more thinly instead of large chunks.
My friend thoroughly enjoyed the crunchy fennel, mint and pomegranate salad. I agreed with her, it has a refined taste.
We decided to order a healthy side dish and as it turned out, the roasted carrots tasted like an indulgent naughty treat! They were the most delicious and tender roasted carrots with caramelised garlic butter. We could not stop ourselves. They were truly irresistible!
What a great enterprise! However, Song Kitchen could go a step further with kindness to animals and the environment and more sustainable - better for the environment - plant foods. In my mind the marriage of social conscience with animal cruelty/death never sits well.