This year we celebrated 4 years in Australia with dinner in Food Society. A restaurant with that name would normally have me running in the opposite direction but a few solid reviews got me interested. A quick look at the online menu revealed several gluten-free options, and I was sold.
While I normally feel out of my element in most respectable restaurants, I absolutely loved the vibe of this place. I can’t tell if it felt like being in Eastern Europe ’cause I haven’t been there, but if that’s the case, I’ll be booking flights soon.
We started our meal with Svarak, a Czech warm spice infused red wine (a.k.a. mulled wine) that was perfect for that cold evening (that’s a slice of orange floating on the wine).
Svarak ($11 per glass)
The first plate (board, I should say) to hit the table was the twice-cooked lamb ribs with sliced potatoes, tomato, eggplant and fresh spinach. The serving was very generous, which was great because the lamb was amazing: full of flavour and super tender.
Twice-cooked lamb ribs ($26)
Our second dish was the market fresh crispy skin barramundi, served with shaved potatoes, heirloom carrots & fish broth. This one was more delicate in flavour, but a good dish nonetheless. If we weren’t sharing and I was the one having the fish I would have complained about the serving size being too small, compared to the lamb.
Crispy skin barramundi ($29)
We also ordered a baked apple and fennel salad as a side, which actually had more rocket than fennel. It was good, sweet and light, although by no means the perfect match for the ordered dishes.
Baked apple and fennel salad ($7.50)
We normally don’t have dessert when eating out, but this time Alvaro accepted the waiter’s offer of tweaking one of the options to make it gluten-free. The Bosnian-style poached apple filled with walnut and hazelnut, served with honey cream and cherry was the perfect dessert for us: not too sweet and perfect in size for sharing.
Bosnian-style poached apple ($12)