In collaboration with the Sydney Rowing Club is ‘The Smoking Goat’ restaurant.
With its open space and picturesque views of the Parramatta River, you are sure to have an élite dining experience.
The Smoking Goat has its name for a reason; mastering the technique of smoking, they produce unique and distinct flavours to modern dishes; and with its Greek heritage, you’ll also find its Greek ethos that food is made to share and enjoy with family and friends.
For starters, we ordered the smoking goat pita bread ($8) with a side of Melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant) and Tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic). The eggplant was smooth with subtle tastes whilst the tzatziki, a Greek favourite was full of punch, and refreshingly light with the hot pita bread ready to dip.
We also couldn’t resist a typical Greek dish: Saganaki cheese ($15). Prepared and served in a small frying pan, the fried cheese came with a side of tomato relish and oregano honey. The saltiness of the cheese along with the sweet honey and the tomato relish was a great combination!
Joe, our waiter, was truly exceptional and made us feel extremely comfortable. He gave us advice on what he loves as well as the popular dishes that everyone else seems to love!
With that, we took his advice and went for the slow roasted lamb shoulder ($29) served with lemon Greek yogurt and lazanki noodles. Although not the most picturesque dish, the lamb was full of distinct flavour. It pulled apart with a simple touch of the fork and melted in the mouth. Adding to it was the lemon yogurt that gave the lamb a lighter, fresh touch.
The Smoking Goat’s chargrilled smoked beef ribs ($31) was truly an experience. Presented on a platter, two large ribs that were beautifully tender and succulent soaking and flavouring a bed of pita bread. This dish was not your typical, each piece we cut into had the distinct smoked flavour, giving these ribs a unique flavour far from any typical ribs. Served on the side was a smoky chipotle sauce, tzatziki and lemon potatoes.
Other than the meat platters on offer, The Smoking Goat had a variety of salads, all at $12; including the infamous Greek salad! The quinoa salad caught our eyes – with freekah, toasted almonds, pomegranate and a generous serving of goats curd, it was a full-bodied, textured salad that was fresh and delicious!
And of course with all this food, it was paired with red wine all the way from, Greece.
For sides, we opted for the Greek fries ($9). It was a generous serving of fries but with a twist. Served with a sprinkle of feta and mint, it definitely added more flavour.
Full but with the desire for more, we ordered the popular chocolate hazelnut praline tart ($12) with a scoop of blood orange ice cream. It was a chocolate sensation. With a hazelnut praline running through the centre and the freshness from the ice cream, it was a perfectly balanced rich chocolate dessert.
A less chocolaty dessert was the pistachio panna cotta ($12). Layered with honey jelly at the base, and topped with fresh sticky figs and crushed pistachio, it had all the flavour and textures for a perfect dessert.
The Smoking Goat proved itself to be a place for casual as well as an intimate dining experience with outstanding service from the waiters and their close attention to detail this night was very enjoyable.
The Smoking Goat
613 Great N Road,
Abbotsford, NSW 2046
Contributed by Nicole Dangoor, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys