It has been a while since I tried modern Eastern European cuisines and when I discovered Ouffer offer voucher which represents great value- $49– 7 tasting degustation course for two people at Food Society in Darlinghurst, I thought I GOT TO TRY FRIED CAULIFLOWER! Because a few of my friends repeatedly mentioned their fried cauliflower is beautifully fried and caramelised to perfection also they cater high tea during the weekend.
The moment we walked in the door we were greeted by the lovely charming Polish waiter wearing red patterned collared shirt with an adorable bow tie on his neck as a themed dress code. The decor is stunning with a theme of homely feel to it and even the ladies restroom continues the same theme. The atmosphere was created flawlessly with immense music, a sensational and relaxed vibe. It felt like a date night in here with the light dimmed low and candles on every table. Not to mention a fresh rose sitting still in a recycled miniature perfumed bottles on our table.
Rewind back the time with the classic telephone and office furniture.
Look closer and there’s a map laid out with Food Society menus.
We were offered the cocktails menu and agreed to try their signature watermelon caiprioska ($16) – a blend of melon vodka, zytnia preium rye vodka, fresh lime, realtea watermelon ice tea and watermelon ice cubes.
Those watermelon cubes were refreshing and infused with alcohol . Yummy!
Being a fan of green tea I had to order the cucumber and green tea caprioska ($17)– contained cucumber vodka, kremlyovskaya, cracked pepper vodka that I have never heard of, green tea, fresh mint and line.
It was fun to see a lot of things on our table like cups of water, fresh flower, set cutlery and our first tasting menu arriving before we sat down.
It was comforting to see the House-made soup arrive first as it provided a delicious smooth blend of tomato and garnished with dried chives.
Not long after we finished our tasting one the Lee, potato and sauerkraut pierogi with chive sour cream arrived rather cold. I found the pastry to be interestingly tasty and if you spread the sour cream evenly it would taste ten times more delicious.
The wait was over for me as I longed for their signature fried cauliflower with paprika , parsley, watercress and red wine vinegar served on a wooden bowl. I can safely state that the cauliflower we ate here were the finest. A golden caramelised layer provided a mouth-watering sweet crunch. I instantly felt like a child popping those large chunks of crispy cauliflower in my mouth as if they were popcorn. The best part of this were the portion! There were like 20-30 pieces shared between 2 people. Cauliflower overload! But I ain’t complaining. Tehehe
We dug into the society-style goulash, slow-braised beef cheek with flour dumplings and paprika sauce with our new set of cutlery that the lovely waiter had provided us. The beef cheeks was so tender that the meat easily separated. An enormous smell of paprika sauce fragranced around our table. For the flour dumpling, we honestly didn’t know what we expecting. It was soft and fluffy but a bit bland, however dip it into the sauce and texture and flavour will come out.
There’s a huge hype going around for twice cooked lamb ribs with sliced potatoes, tomato, eggplant and rosemary. Smoked steam started to come out of the meat meant it came straight out of the oven. We found them to be crazily addictive, the lamb so juicy and tender that the bones started to slowly crumble as soon as we took our first bite.
Don’t forget the vegetables underneath were reasonable flavoursome. This is the best way to eat these tasty sliced vegetables. Although I hoped it served a bigger portion so I can tell myself I am a good girl for eating my vegetables.
Besides the plank of lamb ribs the baked apple and fennel salad is hearty enough to serve as a meal on its own. The plastic white bowl filled out with warm chunks of baked juicy soft apples and fennel, vinegar, olive oil and fresh green rockets. Mix it together and it creates the best interesting flavours.
But the best part of the night would be the Bulgarian style mini doughnuts to end our tasting degustation. OH MY GOD! The mini doughnuts were made fresh , and served covered in walnut sugar, a large dollop of raspberry compote on the side and underneath the doughnuts drizzled hot Belgium dark chocolate. The doughnuts were piping hot and fluffy and a challenge for us to devour due to the simple masterpiece it was presented.
After our degustation was complete the bill arrived in a cute glass retro jar.
Such a plain simple looking banner that has so much meaning to it. Simply love it!
Food Society offers exceptional friendly service and the place you’d be absolutely amazed. Every dish was outstanding. Surprisingly my most favourite dish was the fried cauliflower. It’s a must order! The cocktails is certainly different to other places I’ve tried, very unique in flavours.