Now I’m not the best when it comes to environment issues, sustainability, worrying about the effects of the food industry or even buying ‘better’ ingredients. I love all kinds of food and as long as I’m exciting my palate with innovative flavours, I’m happy.
TED restaurant popped up on my radar whilst I was looking for a restaurant in the Kings Cross vicinity, and the concept intrigued me; sustainable dining using local ingredients with the interior designed and decorated with recycled items.
Regardless of the concept, my main priority is the food; a restaurant may be exciting but you’re not likely to return if the food doesn’t excite.
With a regularly updated menu highly dependant on local ingredients and seasonality, it’s certainly enough to keep even the most regular customers happy.
For my starter I decided to order braised shoulder of lamb which arrived with a generous scattering of salty anchovies.
Monk’s beard was a nice addition giving the dish a different texture but the lamb was not the most tender and was a little too chewy although did have a nice pink centre. The goat’s curd was also lost in the dish, which was a shame.
The side order of purple sprouting broccoli arrived 10 minutes after the main course meaning we were left with an unbalanced meal. Regardless the broccoli was decent, if not a tad under-cooked in places.
Monkfish cheeks with red lentil dahl stood-out on the menu as an interesting course. Upon tasting the dish, the monkfish pairing was a little optimistic as the strong flavours from the dahl meant the monkfish ended up a chewy counterpart that added no extra taste or excitement to the palate.
The dark chocolate tart fared a little better but the pastry was on the drier side and needed a little more butter but wasn’t too much of an issue since it was paired with indulgent dark chocolate. Any dessert mixed with salted caramel ice cream can do no wrong in my books.
TED restaurant has an interesting concept but was let-down by average food, terribly slow service that lacked attention to detail and with an expensive price point to match, the restaurant didn’t impress enough to warrant my future return.
– TED Restaurant, Kings Cross