Restaurant Reviews

Bloodwood: Restaurant review



416 King St
Newtown, Sydney, NSW


Dinner Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm
Sat-Sun noon-10pm


E $9-$23
M $18-$32
D $14


There's intensity here: in the energy levels of floor staff working a perpetually full house, in the furious output in the open kitchen from early evening, among diners packed cheek-by-jowl along the narrow terrace's brick walls, in a drinks list big on organic wines, left-of-centre grape varieties and craft beers. But most of all there's intensity in share plates full of muscular flavours and bold matches. Polenta chips, the house favourite, come out swinging with Gorgonzola dipping sauce. And there's nothing shy about kingfish carpaccio dusted with fish floss atop shredded green mango, cucumber and pomelo, or chargrilled lamb on cauliflower purée spiked with pickled carrot and chilli broccoli jam. The crescendo peaks in rich, sticky barbecued pork ribs charged with shiso and pickled mustard greens. Desserts, too, are busy and assertive, whether it's the boozy trifle or poached pears layered with amaretti and dark chocolate.  

(02) 9557 7699

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Claire Van Vuuren & Mitchell Grady

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.