Ventured down to the area last night and had to try it. I have heard a bunch of mixed reviews so my expectations werent too high, but i wanted to taste the kangaroo.
From the moment you walk in it is obvious that there was alot of thought in the design, which is beautiful. The space is awesome, and I am very glad we were eventually seated in the lower level by the "porch"
The whole school thing worked very well, it wasnt stuffy or classy, but it felt archaic and new at the same time, lending it some "hip" credibility. Just a nice space.
We arrived a bit early and had some drinks
A martini (hard to screw up) and a mojito, which was like sugar water, too sweet for me, but my friend gulped i down no problem (apparently there is a bit of alcohol in them though from his actions later on)
We were shown our table and told to wander over when we were ready, it was set and menus placed, but we waited another 5 minutes and finished our drinks without being hurried over.
To start we had the Kangaroo and the Ox-Tounge salad.
The kangaroo was delicious, with a nice mix of flavors and textures. Very tender, kinda venison-ish, and served with a green chili relish that was a perfect compliment. The falafel however wasnt good (but Ive always hated it). Despite the raves the kangaroo has gotten here, I would say the Ox-tail salad was tops. Served with a snake bean salad and tomatillo chutney and chorizo mash it rivaled the oxtail at Babbo, but utimately was a bit busy to allow the ox-tail to shine...and thus Babbo still is #1.
For entre's we had the Venison and the Lamb.
Both very good, but the lamb was a winner.
It was served with a baked butternut squash and pumpkin seed pesto and couscous. The pumpkin seed pesto sounded delicious, but lacked intensity. it tied the sweet squash with the lamb, but could have been a bit more potent. the lamb itself was done to perfection, tender medalions perfectly rare, and not a skimpy portion.
The venison was a bit gamey, more than other venison I have had, and a bit stringy. The fig chutney was way too powerful for this dish as well. it was a nice thought but poorly executed. The gamey flaor and the fig tended to throw your tounge into a fight for flavor recognition... not a good fight!
All in all a great meal and the service couldnt have been better. We werent hovered over, nor forgotten about. Drinks were always full (water and alcohol) and friendly people from the bartender to the busers.
I would definately reccomend it!