The Pond

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Malri Malri with orange reduction, cauliflower puree and potato salad

Galantine of chicken served with green salad and beetroot

It’s great to see a touch of nature in the middle of the hustle bustle of the city. The Pond opened up in September and has been around to serve delicious creative dishes and a drink, or two. Enter the world of beautiful courtyards, long archaic wooden dining tables, sandstone walls and cosy little corners to chit chatter away. It feels like someone’s home, and the staff treat you like you’re in their home.

The menu is constantly changing which triggers my curiosity and eagerness to keep revisiting. The menu depends on the local food produce available and is simple and fresh. I usually don’t opt for the fish options, but intrigued by its description, we decide to give it ago, and the galantine chicken as a surprise.

The fish is amazing, the orange reduction is the perfect light fresh sauce for the white fish and the cauliflower puree is flawless. The galantine was different experience; and without a clue of what it is, our waitress tried to explain to us in simpleton terms. Soon after it was discovered that is de-boned chicken with a bacon, herb and mushroom stuffing, rolled, slowly cooked, chilled and served cold. Interesting but it didn’t entertain my taste buds for long.

Get in early, for a seat in the beautiful back courtyard on a balmy afternoon. And get in quick, as rumor has it that their Pure Blonde sponsorship is due to end in Jan 2010 so it may or may not be here anymore. I have my fingers crossed that it will stay exactly the way it is.

The Pond is now closed – 07/01/2010

The Pond
32 Burton St
Darlinghurst, Sydney

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