Add: 346 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Tel: (02) 9331 8749
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 5:30~10:15pm [Sat-Sun] 5:30~11pm
Price: [entrees] 17~19 AUD [mains] 20~32 AUD [desserts] 10~12 AUD
Visited on: 2012-04
It was a full house when we arrived at Onde, a small neighborhood bistro that regularly attracts a crowd with its French-influenced cuisine. Nope, they don’t take reservations, so you better come early.
The interior design is simple and sleek with a rather interestingly sculpted wall. It’s a tightly-packed space and not exactly the best spot for quiet dates (expect to rub elbows with diners at adjacent tables), but I actually quite liked the snugness of it all.
We started with Sugar-Cured Salmon with Shaved Beetroot, Chervil and Horseradish (18 AUD).
Duck Liver Pate with Cornichon and Sourdough Baguette (17 AUD).
Sautee Cauliflower, Spinach, Celery & Hazelnut salad w Mustard dressing (17.50 AUD).
Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Roasted Vegetables and Socca (30.50 AUD).
Duck Confit with Caramelized Apple, Mesclun & Walnuts (30.50 AUD).
Crisp Polenta with Spinach Puree & Mushroom Ragu (21.50).
Chocolate Terrine (12 AUD).
Pear and Frangipane tart (12 AUD).
The entrees (sugar-cured salmon, duck liver pate, and sautee cauliflower) were wonderful, the main courses (lamb shoulder, duck confit, crisp polenta) were not bad either, but it was the desserts that most wowed me. I was especially in love with the pear and frangipane tart, which my dinner date adored so much that she claimed it to be her “soulmate”. Can a dessert be one’s soulmate? Well that’s up for debate, but the tart was certainly quite a simple but ultimately satisfying masterpiece. If I were living in Sydney, I’d be back at Onde just for that.