These days, Kurt and I don’t generally book somewhere to go on Valentines Day. We go out to dinner often anyway and we aren’t fans of the exorbitant prices that appear out of nowhere on the “day of love”, which in our opinion should be everyday.
When I saw a competition running on the IG for new restaurant Social Society, I entered and hoped for the best! We were so excited to hear we were the winners to a 3 course dinner they had on for Valentines Day.
We headed to the restaurant, which is in an excellent location at the junction of Bourke St and Botany Road in Zetland, only a few steps from Green Square Station in a new food precinct surrounded by architecturally futuristic buildings.
The restaurant can be spotted from afar with its pink and white framed chairs out the front of the venue. As you enter, you’ll find this colour palette has perfectly been used throughout the space. With its pink bench seating and curtain feature wall highlighting some white neon signs behind, its outfitting is eye catching and inviting. We love the custom designed marble coffee tables and bench tops, it also works well mixed with the white and pink coffee machine.
They are currently a breakfast and brunch spot with drool worthy meals to suit any diner; from eggs to pancakes and power bowls. Keep an eye out for their dinners coming soon. We can attest to the quality dinner meals being served, for our special Valentines Dinner was remarkable.
The three course dinner began with a glass of bubbles and a choice of two entrees. We ordered a different one each so we could share.
The Hiramasa Kingfish Carpacchio was arranged on the plate with grated egg yolk, pickled radish, coffee veloute and decorated with avocado purée and served with potato crisps. The fish was lovely and the flavour combinations worked well together.
The foraged mushroom risotto with hazelnut praline was excellent. It also had grana padano, roasted golden beets, carpaccio of truffle and the waitress sprayed it on arrival with a truffle scent. The super generous portion was beautifully presented and equally tasty, which is not always the case when it comes to risotto, the death dish from Master Chef. The chef here can indeed cook a good risotto.
The chef’s skills were again made evident with the mains that followed. We loved the Wagyu marble score + 5 New York Striploin, with roasted golden eschallots, black garlic purée, duck fat confit potatoes and a bordelaise sauce! An incredible dish, steak perfectly cooked, great technique shown and amazing flavour enhanced by that beautiful sauce! We will most certainly return for this.
The salmon was also a very generous portion. It was a lovely piece, again perfectly cooked and it rested atop a large piece of maple sweet potato. The Tasmanian Salmon came with radicchio, fragrant dill and fennel oil. It rested on some roasted sesame tahini which combined well with a powerful prawn and lemon marmalade which added a unique tangy edge to the dish.
We were so full and opted to share the dessert. It was incredibly good. A crisp pastry tart filled with a duo chocolate olive oil mousse and raspberry as well as a pistachio praline, with tempered chocolate flakes and some gold dust to top it off. This dessert was a labour of love, very decadent and fitting to share with the one you love on Valentines Day.
The staff were great. Food was served promptly, the service was friendly and efficient. We also met the lovely owner Perry who is so passionate about his business, and this is so great to see. A lot of care and hard work has gone into creating a great place.
We are blessed to win the competition and grateful for the dinner provided.
7 Ebsworth St
Open 6am-4pm daily