ICONPARK European CANTEEN POP UP, Darlinghurst

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ICONPARK European CANTEEN POP UP

I’ve always wanted to travel the world, but I spend all my money on food…so I don’t see myself Euro-tripping any time soon. Thus, it’s always great to explore different parts of Sydney even if it’s only two minutes away from Hyde Park.

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Stanley Street could easily be a miniature version of Crown St of Darlinghurst, boasting a wide range of restaurants. Tucked away from the hustle and the bustle of the city, Stanley Street is a relatively small and quiet but packed with personality.

DSC_0755Now if you haven’t heard of IconPark before, its the world’s first online crowdfunding platform solely dedicated to bars and restaurants. IconPark supplies the online platform, crowd funding campaign and the bricks and mortar locations for operators as they showcase their drinking and dining concepts. Their latest concept is this Rustic European Canteen style dining venue.

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Although Icon Park doesn’t offer table service, the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. There are new dishes available everyday, displayed in the cabinet for you to wonder what glorious secrets these dishes hold. Dishes can be mixed and matched to make the perfect combo for you.

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Herb Roast Chicken w/ salsa verde, Broccoli, lemon and toasted almonds & Balsamic beets, fennel, shaved radish and goats cheese

The chicken was already great, full of flavour and moist by itself. The balsamic beets, fennel , shaved radish and goats cheese was really enjoyable with a great sour punch in every bite of the beets. I’m personally not a fan of broccoli but they were really nice and crunchy, unlike the horrible soft and mushy ones.

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Tomato and Fennel Braised Lamb w/ olive tapenade, Spelt pumpkin, cauliflower, radicchio and black sesame & Cumin roasted heirloom carrots w/ feta and toasted almonds

It’s always risky to order lamb because it can very easily be dry, tough and unappealing. Luckily, the lamb at Icon Park was moist and flavourful. Not going to lie, I had to google what “Olive Tapenade” is, basically pureed or finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil if y’all didn’t know. The serve of the olive tapenade was a great addition to the lamb, a small savoury salty punch.

I surprisingly really enjoyed the cumin roasted carrots. I could almost say that I love vegetables (note: almost). The spelt pumpkin, cauliflower, radicchio and black sesame were less exciting than the roasted carrots but still enjoyable.

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Small OJ Jars ($5)

I’m easily sold by good packaging so these adorable jars were a must for the table.

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Wild Rice Chocolate Crackle w/ beetroot powder ($2 each) 

I would definitely use pretzels to describe the flavour and texture of these crackles. There’s an initial sweet hit of the chocolate but the aftertaste of the slightly salty crackle.

DSC_0790 DSC_0792 DSC_0798 Overall, Icon Park is definitely an innovative restaurant with a great unique, fresh and healthy menu on offer that I’d gladly recommend to my friends.

ICONPARK European CANTEEN POP UP

78 Stanley Street,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Katrina dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys

 

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