Ok, so COVID has put a damper on what life used to be like. Even dinning experiences aren’t quite the same, but that doesn’t mean that the quality of food and service has changed.
I visited Concrete Jungle located in the Central Park complex in Chippendale, Sydney recently for diner (yes, they do dinner now see their Roar menu) and the experience was nothing less than wonderful.
From the moment I stepped inside I was greeted by friendly staff and the decor was simplistic but chic. Think concrete pillars, concrete tabletops met with plants and velvet seating.
Sitting down to dinner and cocktails with an 80s and 90s playlist with the smooth tones of Janet Jackson and George Michael my mood was set to chill.
Let’s start with the cocktails. There’s an extensive list (and I can’t wait to go back and try them all!) I tasted the Peach and Thyme Sprits, which was heavenly. But my personal favourite was the Jungle cocktail that was not on the menu but a special on the night. A combination of blueberry and gin. So decadent.
The food didn’t disappoint either. The plates were all designed to share, and we had the assorted dips with Afghan bread, Lamb Shawarma with tortilla, coconut labneh eggplant and shallots, the Moroccan duck with pomegranate, mint, cucumber, shallots Pancakes and the salt & pepper cauliflower with shallot, chilli and garlic. The food was
sensational the flavours were fresh, and your taste buds danced around in delight.
The lamb was soft and cooked to perfection as was the duck. And the combination of flavours on both dishes sang in your mouth.
The salt and pepper cauliflower was a nice surprise it was perfectly cooked with the right balance of chilli and garlic and came with a lemon wedge and a side of aioli.
Finally, desert. The Dark Chocolate Mousse with chocolate crumb, raspberry puree and chocolate coconut yoghurt ice cream
The great thing about the menu is that while it’s not extensive- thankfully, there is so much to choose from flavour wise.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone, price wise it’s not expensive you’re looking at about $18 on average for a share plate and $18 for a cocktail.
Parking around the Central Park complex can be difficult, so my suggestion is to grab an Uber and leave the car at home. If you do want to drive, hot tip from one of the staff is that you can park as a guest at the Mercure which is close by.
Address: CENTRAL PARK // 15 Kensington Street, Chippendale, 2008
Phone: 0434 366 322