Oscillate Wildly. I know, sounds like more a theme park ride than anything else but down Newtown it just happens to be a restaurant. One of the most widely sought after restaurants in the area in fact, known for their adventurous creativity that's a delight to many. And at 100 dollars a degustation, it's one of the cheapest you'll find.
Oscillate wildly's décor is understated at best, focusing on minimalist sophisticated appeal with quiet little touches like the faced candle holders bringing it out to life. It's a compulsory 9 course degustation for everybody here where the menu is similarly understated, revealing little more than 3 ingredients leaving you to figure out more. And then there's the music which no one can seem to go in and not comment about. It's a brilliant selection with a little Bon Iver as well as a few others in the mix that's just loud enough to help the atmosphere.
|Amuse Wakame and Sesame Crisps|
Bread and butter come soon afterwards with what appears to be aniseedy, super-salty lardo that you can just drape around the bread for a touch of luxury.
|Gin and Tonic Sugar Cane|
|Foie Gras, Scallop, Hazelnut|
|Scampi, Ponzu, Wild Rice|
|Beetroot, Cepe, Horseradish|
|Murray Cod, Pea, Hops|
|Duck, Black Garlic, Grains|
|Beef, Onion, Sarsaparilla|
|Cheese on Toast|
|Poor Man's Orange, Tamarillo|
|Pandan, Rye, Milk Jam|
Lemon and bergamont hand towels came out halfway that just gives a ... haha no. But I really thought it was a course initially. Consecutive 3 Am nights don't agree with me so really anything looks good. They come as little capsules, the waiter pours water on them and they magically just absorb and quadruple their size and volume.
If anything's been revealed to me that night it's either I've got a really bad camera or I take really awful pictures. It's more likely that the latter's true and I've really got to learn how to use it. Wouldn't be surprised if they were half seizure seizure inducing and I apologize. Service was wonderfully helpful and quietly efficient. I use the word quietly a lot here and Oscillate Wildly's just peaceful place to be. It would appear to be capable of seating at least 40 with a 2 story building. The kitchen's brilliantly competent at handling that load on a full night with only 3 chefs at the back although it can get a little slow at times.
On the food side of things, Oscillate Wildly is quietly exceeding above the other restaurants. Molecular whiz-bangery is evident here, although it's not for complications sake rather it just feels natural. Its food is classical and balanced yet challenging and complex on the palate that may be a little off-putting but think a little more and your taste buds will be rewarded. It's quirky edgy originality would certainly do Newtown proud.
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