Restaurant Reviews

Oscillate Wildly: Restaurant review

Oscillate Wildly


275 Australia St
Newtown, Sydney, NSW


Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm


Dégustation $135


Behind the pubs, graffiti and vegan pizza joints in Newtown sits Oscillate Wildly. Its understated décor, white tablecloths and French-accented waitstaff are a stark contrast to the world outside its doors, but it's not pretentious. Service is refined yet friendly and dishes are complex without being gratuitous - and they impress from the get-go. The eight courses are preceded by a fun trio of snacks: gin-soaked sugarcane, baby cos with Caesar-salad emulsion and puffed pork skin with sumac and rosella. Frozen foie gras melting onto a bed of cauliflower purée and grains of Job's tears is a skilful merging of flavours and textures. The wine list travels from Austria to Georgia, to big-name Burgundy and niche Adelaide Hills labels - and helpful sommeliers will explain anything unfamiliar. Karl Firla knows how to wind up proceedings with flair - dessert is a light liquorice sponge topped with a quenelle of coconut and malt sorbet. We'll be back.

(02) 9517 4700

Bookings essential


  • BYO
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Karl Firla

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