District Dining, Surry Hills

2 April 2012, 00:47

Edit: CLOSED This my friends, is the picture of success. It’s the boy, TAKING A PHOTO OF HIS BEER. Now, I figure it’s only a matter of time before he starts taking photos of food right? And maybe Instagramming (heh add me: chocolatesuze). Though if he hashtags his photos I would have to unfollow because hashtags are the devil haha. So anyways we were celebrating the beginnings of my new job and just down the street from work was District Dining (17 Randle St, Surry Hills) where a meal full of deliciousness awaits.

A pot of Crispy Pig’s Ears ($10) arrives on a chopping board with a plastic tray holding Crispy Quail Eggs ($14) which brings us to our first world problem of what to eat first? I can’t help but coo over the tiny eggs sitting snuggly in their tray and so, not wanting to disturb them just yet, I grab some of the pig’s ears which are ridiculously moreish. They would make the perfect bar snack being salty and so crispy that it shatters upon coming into contact with my carnivore sharp teeth. And then egg time!

Oh how it oozes! Biting into the teensy tiny crispy breaded eggs and behold! The river of happiness that is glorious egg yolk innards! Oh and the tarragon mayonaise? Insane. Definitely not a fork and knife meal so use your hands and swipe away! Also, notice how Noods is sneakily reaching for the last egg? Tch.

Kingfish, Wasabi Pannacotta, Quinoa, Ponzu. I was suckered into ordering the kingfish because I wanted to see exactly how wasabi the pannacotta would be but instead it was more like dabs of wasabi flavoured cream. The slices of kingfish were uber fresh, lightly seared on the outside and combined well with the crunch of the quinoa. Keeeenwahhh.

Noods has zeroed in on the Steak Tartare, Aioli, Fries, Sourdough ($22), his one and only I-must-order item. He loves it and demolishes the board with such ease that I only just barely get time to taste a bit of the well seasoned, freshly minced steak. The fries are golden and perfect with the aioli. Winner.

Aaand my must-order is the Chicken Liver Parfait, Port Jelly, Red Grapes ($20). The parfait is creamy and smooth and the jar contains way more parfait than bread provided so was slathered inch thick mmm I do heart parfait! Or is that, I do liver my parfait… /lame joke

Surprisingly full but unable to resist dessert we decided to share a dessert of Mango Eton Mess ($14). Hiding under the sweet meringue pieces were mango chunks that were deliciously ripe, a taunt that the fruit had had a better summer than Sydney did this year. A scoop of refreshing mango sorbet sits proudly atop the pile and shards of house made honeycomb are foraged and fought over.

I definitely have to return to District Dining to try the rest of the menu, especially to try the crispy school prawns preferably with someone who isn’t allergic to prawns :P

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  1. Haha food photos by Noods can only be around the corner! Maybe he should start a blawg all about steak tartare! I’d read that! Oh hai Noods!

    And lol if you liver for parfait, then I hear you on the crispy pig’s ears!

    Helen (grabyourfork)    Apr 2, 01:11 AM    #

  2. The quail eggs are so cute! And the kingfish dish looks so beautiful! I love it when food is strewn artfully across a plate :)

    Cappucino    Apr 2, 01:36 AM    #

  3. Wow! It all looks stunning – and well done on your success! ;)

    Mary @ beyondjelly    Apr 2, 07:57 AM    #

  4. Those little eggs are the cutest thing! The food here looks great!

    Anna @ the shady pine    Apr 2, 07:58 AM    #

  5. The food looks so good here. Check out that egg – looks full of oooozeyness!

    Tina @ bitemeshowme    Apr 2, 09:05 AM    #

  6. Oooh oozy egg :)

    Fiona    Apr 2, 10:37 AM    #

  7. hehe keeeenwaaahh… quinoa is such a funny word

    Jacq    Apr 2, 12:13 PM    #

  8. oh i love district dining! and i love the quail eggs – too cute for words!

    gastronomous anonymous    Apr 2, 12:36 PM    #

  9. Argh….! I want those ears and quail eggs, doesn’t help I’m currently hungry now as well!

    Phuoc'n Delicious    Apr 2, 01:05 PM    #

  10. This post had me at Crispy Pig’s ears!

    Ramen Raff    Apr 2, 01:31 PM    #

  11. I agree, hashtags are the devil. Especially more than 3!!!

    Nic@diningwithastud    Apr 2, 03:08 PM    #

  12. ohhh look at the oozing quail egg. yum! the mango eton mess sounds good.

    Melissa    Apr 2, 10:16 PM    #

  13. What great looking food. Congrats on the new job! I love the look of those crispy quail eggs so well accentuated by your multi-coloured nail polish – I must get there to give those dishes a try xx

    Hotly Spiced    Apr 2, 10:18 PM    #

  14. YUM Suze!

    I really have to go here! Those quail eggs are calling me…

    Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy    Apr 3, 03:32 PM    #

  15. Happy new job Suze! Those pigs ears and quails eggs look like really good snackage! Love the shot of the quail egg innards :)

    jack    Apr 3, 04:19 PM    #

  16. whooh!! you’ve trained him well

    sugarpuffi    Apr 3, 05:27 PM    #

  17. OMG!!!! Love that oozey egg shot!! (psst yeah i agree hashtags are … redundant… in my eyes lol)

    Rhonda (The Dainty baker)    Apr 3, 05:44 PM    #

  18. Pigs ears, steak tartare and pretty nail polish all in one post! Looks like a brilliant meal!

    SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)    Apr 3, 06:34 PM    #

  19. Keeeenwahhh – is there anywhere that stuff doesn’t live these days? I LOVE District Dining…loving the pigs ears AND the crispy school prawns are OMG! Congrats on the new job.

    Miss Piggy    Apr 3, 09:26 PM    #

  20. There’s nothing worse to be caught red handed while sneaking for the last egg, haha! I love quail eggs to begin with …crispy quail eggs are to die for! :D

    Emily    Apr 3, 10:50 PM    #

  21. my boy has been jumping on the bandwagon and started taking pics of his food on his phone as well when we go out to eat! heehe first you then your mum, now noods! such a pretty eton mess

    Vivian - vxdollface    Apr 5, 11:48 AM    #

  22. Congratulations on the new job :) YAY! Hope you enjoy it ~ Looks like a great place to have dinner ~ I like everything how it’s a little unique hehe I dont’ really see pig ears that much and the chicken liver parfait too :D
    LOL I’m trying to get Mr Bao to use both Twitter and Instagram lol hope he’ll listen to me P

    Daisy@Nevertoosweet    Apr 9, 03:00 AM    #

  23. everything looks great. I really like to try those parfait ;)

    Octie    Apr 12, 01:40 PM    #

  24. Ooo yeh, I have been here before. They have an interesting menu and good food!

    Roxy    Apr 12, 05:35 PM    #

  25. I still haven’t tried District Dining…great photos! :)

    Potato Princess    Apr 12, 09:08 PM    #

  26. Have been meaning to visit this place for ages. Looks delicious!

    Erin@TheFoodMentalist    Apr 14, 06:37 PM    #

  27. This looks like a great restaurant, I will have to go try it out now.

    Thank you

    online-guys-clothing    Apr 17, 04:10 PM    #

  28. It’s more than a bit dangerous working in Surry Hills with so many great restaurants around….good for us and all the posts but maybe bad for you LOL!! ;)

    Brenda    Apr 26, 12:42 PM    #

  29. Hehe, high-five on the first pic! It’s a slippery slope in the good way. Currently, my dude and I take turns snapping food pics. Next outing, suggest that he take a pic of his beer AND his plate of food. :)

    Row    Apr 30, 03:24 PM    #

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