Finally I get to sit down with a gin or three and some smoked oysters (and crackers) and write this review for Cod’s Gift. The universe has conspired against me, but no more. First of all not long after I edited the pics and sent a few to my phone my HDD died and I lost about 5000 pics, I recently got them all recovered and sorted and now can get them out again, thank god – my pics mean everything to me. Cod’s Gift was an exceptional venue and I was going to be sad if I could not review. I rarely say yes to a venue more than an hour from home but Cod’s Gift was in Dural, it is rural and it is a little bit further than an hour away. I accepted an invite based on their instagram, the food and presentation looked next level, I had to have a bit of that. So Laarni from @threespoonsfull and I headed out West and I am glad we did.
COD’S GIFT VENUE:
Cod’s Gift is a little bit of fancy fine dining under a building at the back of a car park. It may be more off the car park and at first I thought it was an odd place but a venue this nice transcends the location and becomes a destination place to dine. It’s an old brick building but the restaurant venue itself has a white wood front that has a little of bit of Paris meets the Hamptons to it. The inside is vivid blue walls, a striking art that looks like marbling or oil (of some description) and the chairs are mostly gold backed giving that nautical upper class look. The outside is all Hamptons on the water with blue and white stripes paired with cane and white marble table tops. And to one corner of the outside is a section that opens for a full takeaway seafood option.
They win on style and their plates are stunning, I would consider killing for plates that gorgeous. The staff are lovely and efficient and I am still crushing on the gorgeous blonde guy, total babe haha.
The menu is a la carte seafood with a splash of some red meat for those that just won’t or can’t order seafood. They have a full seafood takeaway menu option. I would definitely stick to dining in however, it’s not like you can take it and sit on a nearby beach to eat it. Besides your plates and the presentation will never be this nice at home. The presentation is on an award worthy level, it is plating art one each dish presented. My camera went crazy on the dishes!!
The wine list is more than ample and we paired the oysters with bubbles and I am pretty sure Laarni kept on the bubbles and I moved to beer for the mains.
WHAT WE ORDERED:
PLEASE BE ADVISED A LOT OF THE ITEMS WE ORDERED ARE NOT ON CURRENT MENU – SOME REMAIN AND OTHERS MAY RETURN FOR WINTER/ SPRING
- Oysters Three Ways 1) caramelised cabernet vinegar, eschallot, native pepper 2) campari granita, avruga caviar, fennel pollen 3) “Rockerfeller” creamed spinach, horseradish, comte
- Lobster Donuts – Western Australia rock lobster, tom yum mayonnaise, sweet corn & lemongrass salt
- Octopus – (Freemantle WA Octopus) with black miso eggplant, fermented kohlrabi, edamame, onion crisp, perilla
- Coral Trout – (Cairns QLD Trout), Jerusalem artichoke, finger lime, purple asparagus
- Tuna with crisp onion ponzu, beetroot, purple kale and pickles
- Chocolate Mandarin – milk chocolate mousse, dark chocolate sorbet and mandarin
- Red Wine Pear with blue cheese custard and quince granita.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
Absolutely bloody flawless. There was not one fault with any of the dishes. I loved a baked oyster and Laarni loves natural oysters so we were both happy. The Lobster Donuts are their instagram porn dish. They are still on the menu and I gather this is because everyone orders them. The sweet bun was quite a difference and at first I was nearly insulted that a delectable lobster was being served this way but it all comes together with that amazing tom yum mayo! The Octopus from Cod’s Gift and the Octopus from Aristotle’s in Neutral Bay are the two best octopus dishes I have ever eaten and I cannot for the life of me pick the better of the two. The Coral Trout was also a winner, it was the most subtle of the dishes and won’t get its share of instagram posts but it made up for it in wonderful flavours from the artichoke and finger lime. Finally the Tuna dish – it left me speechless, it was like a murder scene of glorious art on the plate and it tasted like I could die after eating it……perfection.
The desserts then went to another level – they sweets Heston would clap. The chocolate mandarin dish was a wonderful comfort dish that was unique in presentation and the red wine pear won for me because a blue cheese custard was something I didn’t know I was missing in my life for the last few decades.
Out of a couple of hundred venues I dined at in 2017 Cod’s Gift came in at Number 18. It was an endless supply of food that was being presented from a master in the art of plating, and then the flavours matched the plating skills. Dural demands a day trip peeps!
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 3/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets and 0/1 bonus
Cod’s Gift Deets:
PH: 02 9651 3336
Shop 4-6/3 Ward Place, Dural, NSW
Mon to Sun – 11am to late
LOCAL DELIVERY: No
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes
KID FRIENDLY: Yes
*** Spooning Australia was invited to attend this venue and the meal was complimentary ***
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