South Wharf Promenade has certainly come a long way from just being sheds. Full of new restaurants popping up, it’s way more exciting than cold, windy Docklands, and still close to all the action. I think come Summer, this place will really take off, it’s just a matter of getting people to know it’s out there!
I was invited to try Shed 5 with a large handful of other bloggers for a night of Greek cuisine.
No prizes for why the restaurant’s name is Shed 5… yes it was indeed shed number 5. There is also a private dining room which is held in an old wharfi station. Most restaurants in the strip have one in their space as well, and are all heritage listed. Whilst some restaurants use theirs as an office, I think it’s great that Shed 5 use it as a part of their dining experience. Shed 5 also made use of the stunning 120 year old floor boards.
Shed 5 have been open for just over a month, with a great range of food, most of which utilises their wood fired oven. I’ve not had a lot of Greek food before, and all the Greek food I’ve had in the past has been the same sort of fare. Head chef Vas Donoudes has done a great job of providing an excellent variety of dishes for everyone to enjoy.
Cyprian Lamb Sheftalies
Tomato & cinnamon sauce, truffled pecorino – $15
Flatbread & Fava Puree
Fried chickpeas, shallots, hazelnuts – $10
N’duja & Mozzarella Croquettes
Oregano & rosemary aioli – $4 each
The croquettes…. wow. Never had ones before that were so creamy on the inside, whilst remaining crispy on the outside. And the little kick of spice made it perfect.
The pickled onions ontop of the fava puree added a much welcome sourness to the dish. I’m currently obsessed with pickles too 😛
And well, meatball queen gives these meatballs a thumbs up… especially with fresh bread.
Slow Cooked W.A. Ocotopus
Saffron Kiplers, capers, sorrel mayo – $17
Ocean trout, capers sherry rillettes – $15
Grilled onions, roast peppers, barberry – $15
King Green Prawns
Barrel aged feta, tomatoes and sorrel = $31
Both fantastic, the cheese wasn’t extremely salty, but was lovely and gooey. The prawns, full of flavour, and cooked to absolute perfection.
Slow Roasted Lamb Neck
Dates, pinenuts, capers – $32
Bannockburn Half Chicken
Green raisins, pinenuts, roasted chestnut dolmades – $29
Greek Village Salad
Fennel, peppers, olives, barrel aged fetta – $14
Wow, both these mains were amazining. The lamb was savoury, sweet, and falling apart. Whilst the chicken, which gets put in the wood fire oven for only 11 minutes, comes out so crispy and amazinly juicy. If I wasn’t so full I would have eaten more!
Spiced Halva Semifreddo
Quince sorbet, salted caramel, ricotta doughnut – $13
Goats Milk Crema
Walnut baklava, coffee sorbet, metaxa jelly – $13
I preferred the semifreddo as I’m not into coffee, but having the cream without the coffee sorbet was lovely as well. The ricotta doughnuts were the bomb dot com.
I found the dishes to be well seasoned, full of flavour and with a great variety, I would happily return as a paying customer. The atmosphere of the restaurant is bright, even at night, and laid back.