A few years ago we lived around the corner from Onde and never went, but it is still there unlike a lot of our old Darlo haunts like Oh Calcutta, Tasso, and Ristrorante Riva (does anyone know where Beverley Woods and/or Eugenio Riva ended up?). So after a quick stroll along Victoria St we decided to give it a go.
It is a simple plain space, this was the standard for all inner city bistros’s ten years ago, and whilst a lot of new bistros have glammed up Onde remains plain and simple. The service is really great, in the friendly laid back Aussie style; it isn’t formal or fawning, simply good. The menu has a lot of the bistro “greatest hits” with a distinct French leaning, although I wouldn’t really call if a French restaurant.
To start we had a terrine, which if anything had too high a proportion of meat in it, as it was really solid, however it is tasty and hits the spot, we also had some reasonable crab cakes. For mains, gnocchi with broad beans and other vegetables was really superb and very tasty. I chose liver with red cabbage, and was warned it would be pink; great that is how I like it. However, it arrived purple, which is a bit under for me; that was swiftly corrected with no fuss. I also managed to spill some sauce down my shirt and instantly a glass of soda water and some salt appeared; great service all round.
Onde is a solid neighborhood restaurant, I wouldn’t travel across town to try it, but it is a good spot after a few schooners in the Green Park Hotel. The bill for two was $124 including a $50 pinot, reasonable value for the location and food.