Bloodwood is another hip venue brought to Michael's attention via The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry. Though I think he would've liked a full night of tapas, cocktails, dim lighting and pounding music, we made do with a sly dessert (and an ever slier wine for Michael) on a Sunday night.
The Bloodwood dessert selection ($25) was a suitable sampler. For now, it's composed of:
- a sweet and sour hot mess of pavlova with berries and passionfruit chiboust,
- a trifle of sturdy pound cake with champagne anglaise, port wine jelly, yoghurt mascarpone and not quite enough cherries, and
- a rich wedge of crunchy-smooth chocolate, caramel and peanut torte with a fluffy banana mousse and more peanuts.
They were all eminently pleasing if not surprising.
Bloodwood was clearly in hot demand, with many people willingly waiting for a table in the restaurant section, or folding themselves around tiny bar furniture that could just barely contain their shared plates. On the strength of Bloodwood's desserts I'd take my place the queue, at least once.
Bloodwood's vegetarian options have been explored more thoroughly on The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry and Veg with Edge.
The rest of the menu has been enjoyed on Does My Bomb Look Big In This?, heneedsfood, Restaurant Reviews, The Empty Fridge, Mockingbyrd, Beauty and the Feast..., From Our Home, Eat Chat Laugh, minibites, Nooschi, Secret Foodies, Are You Hungary?, Jasmyne-Tea, Conquering King Street, Newtown, A Foodie's night out :), Connoisseur in Training, Beyond Bourke Street, Eat Drink Daily, Tum Yums, ChopinandMysaucepan, Nutmeg's Cafe, The Adventures of Miss Piggy, Absolutely Ayana, Simon Food Favourites, raD fooD, Saya's Soulful, Radhikar's Internal Dialogue, Food, booze and shoes, Gastronomous Anonymous, Food and other delectable things, the 'hood food guide, Just One More Spoon, Excuse Me Waiter! and Richard Elliot.
The Hand that Rocks the Ladle likes the venue but not the food, and there are other mixed experiences on to taste is divine, Yewenyi and Opining, Whining & Dining.
416 King St, Newtown NSW
(02) 9557 7699
Accesibility: Entry requires two half-steps up and an about-turn (see photo above) and the interior is generally crowded, although the main passageway is clear. We perched at a high bar, where we received full table service and didn't see the main restaurant area. We didn't visit the toilets either, but apparently they're unisex.