The Owl House was a venue that we probably wouldn’t have chanced upon now – what with the trend now for new and now – but talking to the crew at Wasamedia – and hearing that this was a local favourite of theirs – we found time to check in. The Owl house is housed inĀ  2 storied townhouse in Darlo. Now a small bar/resto and its a damn fine venue – with great eats cocktails and a great host in the form Amir. We dig The Owl House and have been back a fair few times. Its the kind of venue small enough where you can get to know the guys who run the joint, and intimate enough to want to head back in.

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Saffron: Gin, Strega, Saffron thread (L) Tequila Flower: Don Julio blanco Tequila, St. Germaine Elderflower liquor, Orange blossom water (R).

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(L) Choclate Martini: 68% Valrhona chocolate, Belvedere Orange, Grand Marnier (R) Coffee Cocktail: Cognac, Port, Sugar, Egg White, Nutmeg

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The downstairs is the bar, and upstairs is where the main seating areas at the Owl House is located. It sits about 30 with spots for 3-4 on the balcony.

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Kadaifi prawn with chickpea “tuile” – one of the things you’ll note very quickly here is the interesting way the food comes out, presentation is great. We googled kadalifi prawns and the stuff on the internet looks a right mess compared to this.

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Wild boar and quail terrine. This came with bread and was a rather tasty eat when slathered on. Nice little mini quail egg scotch eggs there too.

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Scallops dish from the summer menu. Perfect cook on them and delicious.

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Winter menu – clam and scallop on a bed of couscous rissoto.

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This was the first main we’ve had here. Summer menu, israeli flavours in the spice – there’s lots happening there but the flavours were great. The lavender potatoes added colour and interest too and the green cake is tarragon sponge.

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Wagyu beef flank and braised short rib with celeriac 3 ways – this was rather great

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Winter Menu’s beef and shortibs. Meat was cooked medium and elements from summer return. A favourite eat.

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Chicken breast and ballontine.

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A trio of desserts on their menu. All were really nice – as mentioned earlier – the food at this small bar is consistently good and desserts aren’t any different. Vanilla and rose petal ice cream. Turkish delight parfait. Rhubarb compote, with and toasted lemon thyme marshmallows. Chocolate mousse and honeycomb and a nut brownie.

BDAYCAKE

Slightly blurry birthday cake (watermelon pistachio) from Blackstar Pastry when we dropped in for our birthday. Yup, we really like the Owl House so much so we brought the party here.

With a great looking downstairs bar and an intimate dining room upstairs, The Owl House is a bit of a gem hidden away near the Wooloomooloo side of Crown Street. They have great cocktails, food is more interesting that most places and done really well too. There’s something to be said about a joint that ticks all the right boxes – food, drinks, service, menu. If you haven’t been, booked in for dinner and drinks asap. Its a favourite of ours and almost everyone we’ve sent that way have loved it. Check out their website for dining options – they do a food and cocktail degust too. Great happy hour pricing on the booze too. Fav.

LINKS
The OwlHouse Website
OwlHouse Facebook

The Owl House on Urbanspoon

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