Review: Food Society (Darlinghurst)

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.

Food Society

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

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

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

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

Bosnian-style poached apple ($12)

Food Society
91 Riley St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 8090 3462
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