|Cocktail samples at SoCal, Young Street, Neutral Bay|
As does a fun cocktail list which we sampled parts of at a recent SoCal Social event. Misbehaving foams were the name of the game with a fun, flirty and citrusy orange-red tequila cocktail by bar manager Joe Worthington.
|Crab and sopressatta tostadas|
The food started with a bang and a crunch with a board of tostadas delivered by chef Zac Smart himself. Crunchy chip circles were topped with a zingy, flavour-packed combination of two of my favourite things: crab flesh and sopressata salami. Rich yet moreish, this really was the ultimate tostada and a good sign of things to come.
|Chicken sliders: marinated chicken breast with avocado and chorizo|
Maybe it's been a while between sliders for me but I loved the juicy chicken fillet with avocado on the little toasted burger bun although the chorizo didn't really register.
|Frisco Pisco cocktail|
|Seared salmon with broccolini, chilli and coriander salsa verde|
It was perfection with the salmon just a little rare in the middle, and matched with Dry Creek Fume Blanc from California's Sonoma region.
|Slow roasted lamb shoulder with faro, freekeh, quinoa and kale|
This was pretty much the ultimate new take on a rustic dish that fits right in with modern Australian cuisine and was paired with Bliss Pinot Noir.
|Scotch fillet with chimmichurri|
|Mushroom and bean salad|
|Chocolate, pistachio and tequila brownies with chipotle cream|
The people behind SoCal (and Bondi Hardware and The Botanist) are spreading their brand of casual but fun cool all across Sydney and for Neutral Bay locals, it must be so cool to have SoCal in the neighbourhood.
Food, Booze & Shoes attended the SoCal Social as a guest, with thanks to Pendulum Communications.