Last week I slipped back into Concrete Blonde on a drizzly Sunday, lured by the idea of a gossipy girls’ lunch against a backdrop of sultry jazz.
The singer, Anna Salleh, did not disappoint; and at their lunch price point, nor did the food.
Since we had nowhere to be later in the day, we started proceedings with the Blonde Spiced Tea ($42/jug). It’s a freshened-up Long Island Iced Tea with lemon juice, lychee and spiced chai syrup, served in the tallest cocktail jug about town (you might want to let your waiter handle any refills)!
A pot of Chicken Liver Parfait ($15) proves a satisfying enterprise, the centre a lovely shade of pink. It pips a plate of Roast Tiger Prawns ($15), split then topped with a micro salad.
I follow them with delicately Pan Roasted New Zealand King Salmon ($25) set off by spiced cauliflower salad.
The portion sizes predicate three courses, even if you choose the heartier Mirrool Creek Lamb Shoulder ($25), its intensity moderated by labne, cracked wheat and currant salad.
Considering dessert only adds eight dollars to the (reasonable) bill, it’s hard to refuse a platter bearing Roast Stonefruit, Hazelnut Crumble and Crème Fraiche ($8); ensuring a sweet end to our leisurely jazz lunch.
Shop 2/33 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross
Ph: (02) 9380 8307