>> July 7, 2013
Recently I was invited to visit Rainford Street Social to try their new Winter Menu. The restaurant is located on the corner of Rainford Street and Crown Street in Surry Hills.
It was a cold winter's night in Sydney and the air felt was so chilly outside, it was positively arctic. Opening the door inside felt like walking into a warm, cosy lodge.
Since this was a tasting session, we were bombarded with different dishes to try.
First up were some cute meatball sliders.
They looked adorable with one big meatball stuffed in between the toasted buns. I would have preferred them with a bit more sauce but happily gobbled it down nonetheless.
The broth was the perfect entree for a cold night. Hams and peas are such a classic combination and you can't go wrong with a gooey egg. I don't know if I have tried sweetpea leaves before - they were quite hard and chewy. My friend couldn't finish hers and I ended up eating the rest for her!
Next up were a round of dishes to share.
The cauliflower cheese was very comforting and reminded me of my cauliflower cheese that I like to make at home.
I love roast pumpkin and was happy to see it on the menu. Pumpkin has this lovely sweetness that really comes through well when roasting. The garlic yoghurt was a good contrast and this was one of my favourites for the night.
Lasagne is another one of my favourite winter dishes and this vegetable version was very hearty. Covered with stringy cheese and packed with winter veggies like eggplant, it filled us all up.
And last but not least, everyone's most anticipated part of the menu - dessert.
If I had to rank the desserts (and let's face it, who doesn't), I would announce the banana cream pie as the winner by a mile. It was soooo yummy - the soft creamy banana, the caramel and the crumbly base all served with vanilla bean ice cream on the side. I wished on the night that we weren't sharing the dish! I could have easily demolished one my myself.
Second place would be the deconstructed cheesecake which was light and fluffy with a hint of lemony tartness.
And I didn't forget the chocolate brownie - it was more bitter than I expected but I quite like dark chocolate.
I had a lot of fun at the dinner and really enjoyed trying all the winter dishes. Now I just have to revisit for brunch one day!
The Food Book dined as a guest of Rainford Street Social and Cav Con.