“ Upsides: Nice environment, attentive services & excellent food.
Downsides: A Super bright screen & my horrible photo taking skills. ”
Thanks to @heneedsfood for his excellent post on Vicinity Dinning in Alexandria. We have not been disappointed by his recommendations and this was another superb find by him. Three of us went to Vicinity on a Saturday evening earlier this month and the place was only couple of weeks old. As soon as I stepped in this place, I fell in love with it immediately. There are so many feel good factors about this place, it was not a typical Alexandria eatery but something like you will see in Potts Point. On one side of the restaurant, it has a very open area with some very comfortable couches. In the middle, it’s a perfect dinning area with lots of small tables.There are also some clever deco to divide up different areas and I can see a private function on the far side of the restaurant.
There is a very nice alfresco area outside, which has some fancy looking big chairs and long benches with wood fire place in the middle. I immediately felt it’s a place that gives you everything that you want.
The menu was quite simple, but it was surprisingly attractive and gave me such a headache to choose what we wanted.
We ordered (All Starter sizes): Sticky Ribs, Baked Artichokes & Roasted Beetroot for starters to share between 3 of us. There was definitely no complaint from us about the presentation of the dishes and we were very impressed by the colour and deco of the dishes. The artichokes were rated very highly. I must say I had a very similar dish earlier at a different restaurant and this is definitely a better dish. The beetroots with other vegetables were very refreshing and it was such a good looking dish, which opened up our appetites. The sticky ribs were nice and they were cooked to just right, although I didn’t know why it was called sticky ribs. Really didn’t find it sticky at all.
It wasn’t easy to choose 3 mains from the menu and we all had our eyes on lamb shoulders on the table next to us. Let me tell you we almost got our plates out and grabbed a bite from there. Since we were keen to try everything, we decided to give it a miss and gave us a good reason to return. We noticed on the menu that they have daily specials from the grill and the barramundi & sirloins were on offer, so we grabbed the barramundi, sirloins and pork belly. The waitress also advised us that we had to save space for the chips, so we could say no to the chips. The barramundi was cooked to perfection with crispy skin and moist fish inside. The steak was perfectly cooked and there was no compromise on quality at such a budget price. The pork belly was very tender and went well with the apple sauce, although the skin was not crispy. The chips were sensational and it came with very nice sauce, pepper salt & chilli salt. The chips were very crunchy outside and soft inside, so they were not over fried.
We were fairly satisfied and didn’t have much room in our stomachs by the time it got to desserts. However, we wanted to end our night on a high note, so we were happy to get stuffed a bit. The lemon tart was recommended by the waiter and we were not disappointed. When you broke through the crispy top, you will love the taste of the lemon. The Apple puffy pastry was so awesome that the pastry was very puffy and it was a perfect mix with the apple and ice cream. The roasted hazelnuts also added a extra layer to the whole dessert.The Knickerbocker glory was such an unusual thing to be found on a restaurant menu, so we couldn’t go it a miss. It was very nice and had many different layers of sweets and mousse in the tall glass. There were so many honeycomb bites and they kept dropping to the bottom layers, so you get a honeycomb in every spoonful. I did find there were too much honeycomb and wouldn’t mind if there could have some nuts instead of all the honeycomb we got. Overall, we couldn’t complain too much and everything was so perfectly done.
The service were very efficient and attentive, which are always something I care the most. Of course, they were very friendly too. Despite the fact that there were not many floor staff on the night, we had no problem getting water refilled and getting attention from the staff. We arrived fairly early in the night and it went from very few people to almost full house at the end. The service were still holding well by the time we left.
There is no doubt we will be coming back for more and it was such an enjoyable experience. I am worried the next visit cannot keep up the standard, but it won’t stop me from coming back.
Address: 90 Bourke Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
Phone: 02 9002 1333
Booking: Yes, they do take bookings!
Mon – Tue 7am – 4pm
Wed – Thu 7am – 10pm
Fri – 7am – late
Sat – 8am – late
Sun – 8am – 8pm
Reference: http://heneedsfood.com/2012/10/vicinity-dining-alexandria/ by heneedsfood