July 10, 2015

Slow roasted lamb shoulder, Chiswick, Woollahra

Lime and basil cordial and Bourbon with fig and thyme

Starters: Thyme bread, Prawn popcorn, Pumpkin arancini
Prawn popcorn $16.00
Pumpkin arancini $11.00
Thyme bread $7.00

Main and sides: Lamb for two, Carrots, Hand cut chips
Lamb for two $75.00
Carrots $12.00
Hand cut chips $9.00
Dessert: Quince crumble $17.00
  •  Slow roasted lamb shoulder $75.00, number 83 on the top 100 Sydney dishes to die for list (The Sunday Telegraph Dec 14).
A few weeks ago, for my birthday Mr FPL surprised me with a night at the Shangri la and dinner at surprise, surprise one of the restaurants on the list.

Choosing well he choose number 83 on the list, the slow-roasted lamb shoulder aka lamb for two from Chiswick in Woollahra.

Cold and dark outside, the inside of the restaurant, was warm and cosy. The decor was beautiful, I loved the french doors, communal tables, timber floors, white tiled bar, open kitchen and exposed ceiling beams.

Starting with something to drink I choose the lime and basil cordial which was very refreshing given I was fighting a very nasty cold. Mr FPL had a bourbon with fig and thyme.

To start we ordered thyme bread, prawn popcorn and pumpkin arancini. All were quite delicious.

To accompany the lamb for two we ordered a side of carrots and hand cut chips. Decieving to the eye the lamb for two didn't look that large but in all honesty we couldn't finish it. The lamb was beautifully cooked. Falling off the bone, it melted in the mouth. Topped with a sauce and side of chickpeas and yoghurt there was enough on the plate for three. The carrots and thick hand cut chips, also a struggle to finish were quite good too.

With little room left for desert we decided the share the quince crumble. It tasted as amazing as it looked. Served with a generous portion of custard provided in a jar and surrounded by roasted nuts we didn't leave any of this dish behind.

Despite having a nasty cold and not feeling so well, the dining experience was pleasant. The service was friendly, the atmosphere warm and the food was great. If I could do it again I probably would order one less starter or invite another person to help share the lamb.

65 Ocean Street
Woollahra, NSW