Of course with dark, moody lighting comes...dark and woeful photos, but I’m not going to let this post turn into a pity party (well, not too much anyway)! That said, Mr Nikon chucked the biggest wobbly know to woman-kind at being stuck in the dark...he totally failed to see that dark lighting means "atmosphere"! Hurmph - someone is skating on thin ice let me tell you!
But let’s talk about what I loved about Gotham Bar shall we? I loved the dark chesterfield lounges snuggled in the back corner near an open fireplace, I loved the huge backlit clock that sits behind the bar giving the place a luminescent glow, I loved the pressed metal tin on the walls in the bathrooms, I loved the cocktails and I loved the thoughtful and tasty food on offer. And, I just loved the warm ambiance, and eclectic style that oozes from every corner of Gotham Bar.
I also loved that Gotham Bar invited me to dinner after I made a mess of trying to purchase a meal deal voucher that was on offer a few weeks ago. By the time I’d gotten my act together to purchase the voucher the deal had expired – insert sad wail here! Not to worry though as Gotham Bar invited me and a friend down to try a main meal and cocktail each. Because we are greedy guts’ though, we buy ourselves an entree and a salad – just to ensure we’re totally stuffed by the end of the night.
Now, if you can’t tell from this amazing photo (yes folks that is sarcasm in case you didn’t recognise it) I ordered a cocktail. What do you mean it looks like a dark blob in front of a glowing blob that may or may not be a candle? And it’s not just any
Miss Chicken, my dark but not blobby dining companion orders herself a glass of white wine...there it is, that dark bullet shaped thing in front of the
The range of food on offer at Gotham Bar is not enormous – there are just five good mains to choose from. The selection of entrees is somewhat larger and they all sound mouth watering - once again I’m paralysed with indecision. I would’ve been happy eating anything and everything off the entrees menu!
Miss Chicken was immediately taken with the
In a last minute decision I opted for the "Pissaladiere" which is a caramelised onion olive and anchovy slice ($9.50). In layman’s terms I would call this an onion and anchovy pizza - if you don’t like anchovy then steer clear of this as the flavour of anchovy dominates the palate. Lucky for us we are both anchovy freaks – Miss Chicken tells me proudly she’ll happily eat anchovies straight from the jar...me too Miss chicken, me too.
Miss Chicken chose the Pan-fried Fillet of Ocean Trout w lentil vinaigrette (normally $25.00) for her main – though we did share both of our dishes. I would say without a doubt that the crispy fried trout skin and the lentils were the hero of this dish for the both of us. The trout skin was crisped to perfection and the lentils! Who knew lentils could ever taste so moreish? The fresh lentils were lifted to a whole new level with a zingy vinaigrette – so much so that I’m going to “try” and replicate the dish at home...wish me luck!
I had my eye on the Steamed Kinkawooka Mussels with white wine herbs, tomato and fries (normally $18.00). After seeing Hayden cooks these in an early episode of Masterchef I really wanted to see if this dish is as good as the Masterchef judges made it out to be – it was. The crispy and salty French Fries were perfect for dipping into sauce the accompanied the mussels, and the mussels were tender, plump and juicy.
Miss Chicken and I also buy ourselves a salad of torn iceberg w mint parsley and mustard vinaigrette ($8.00) as we felt like some greens, although in hindsight we'd already had more than enough food.
Gotham Bar is at 33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. Miss Piggy apologies to Gotham Bar for the terrible photos and not making the food look as good as it really was on the night - blame the Nikon D3000, I know I do!
A note on my photography: All is can say is Mr Nikon D3000 better pull his "dark lighting" socks up if he wants to come on further fun outings with me and my tummy. Enough said!