Ideally, every suburb should have a reliable dining option that locals can just wander to for a good meal - something that's more than takeaway but not too fancy or difficult. Woodland Kitchen & Bar is Neutral Bay's newest dining addition and fits the bill perfectly.
|Dining room at Woodland Kitchen & Bar, Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay|
|Chef Damien Heads|
Being locals to the area, their approach is no-fuss, honest flavours and simple food. This comes through strongly in the menu that includes hot and cold seafood, steaks, share plates as well as a $10 children's menu.
|Oyster shot, Bloody Mary|
|Yellowfin tuna sashimi spring roll , soy bean sauce|
|Grilled ciabatta, whipped fetta and marinated olives|
|Sauteed calamari and chorizo|
|Baked onion and goats cheese flan|
|200g grass fed eye fillet steak|
I wasn't sure what (everyone's favourite super-grain) quinoa would bring to the dish, but it tied the rest of the ingredients together quite unexpectedly and added a lovely texture to the salad and lamb.
|Potato gnocchi with roasted pumpkin, burnt butter and salted ricotta|
|Tasmanian Salmon with pickled beetroot, orange, fetta and mint|
|Sides of chips with roasted garlic aioli and a salad of rocket, pear, fennel and parmesan|
|Caramel and chocolate tart with fresh honeycomb and double cream|
Woodland Kitchen & Bar's honest and uncomplicated approach to well-cooked food is what every neighbourhood bistro should have. I can just imagine myself as a local coming back again and again for, "my usual, please". If only every suburb could be so lucky.
Food, booze and shoes dined at Woodland Kitchen & Bar as a guest, with thanks to Agency G.