The place was really humming along, as there was not room to swing a cat (sorry all you cat lovers, I would never do that – would I …. at least not before my martini) Chiswick is a large restaurant with lots of front of house and kitchen staff – all very good and attentive. Our martinis arrived and they did not disappoint.
The menu at Chiswick – classic dishes presented faithfully with very good ingredients – some from the Moran Family Farm as well as vegetables and herbs from their own garden. I started the meal with sliced kingfish with breakfast radish, lemon aioli. The kingfish was translucent and springy with a fresh clean taste – the dressing was sweetish with the aioli bringing a perfect sharpness to the palate. My partner had the chargrilled scallops with burnt butter, artichoke puree and herbs from the kitchen garden. The scallops were smallish but with great flavour, lovely and tender – a perfect combination with the artichoke and the fresh herb.
There are a series of shared main courses like lamb shoulder from the Moran Family Farm, as well as some classic mains like crab and pea risotto. We went for the fish and prawn pie – chunks of blue trevella, schnapper and prawns in a classic white sauce topped with a magnificent puff pastry lid. It was truly a great fish pie – we will have to go back to have that again. Our waitperson recommended the tomato salad – heirloom tomatoes and sliced green olives with oregano biscuit.
As readers already know, we like to see how competent the waitstaff are – so we asked them to sugest a white wine to match our food. A French Chablis – from Denis Pommier in Burgundy – suitably dry and crisp to complement our fish meal and it was perfect, thank you! We finished off our meal with a expresso and shared baked meringue, yuzu, granny smith apples, the selection of deserts are interesting.
The verdict – Chiswick is very casual, good food, very well cooked and with integrity. The surroundings lack any atmosphere – this has a very Woollahra feel. We were hoping that Mr Moran would have given a chicness and fresh energy – rather than this very tired and boring Laura Ashley look. The lighting is far too hard for a relaxing evening.
65 Ocean St Woollahra 2025
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