Greenside has become somewhat of an ‘it’ suburb, from the hipsters puffing on their menthol cigs outside Gin to the LOLs sipping wine by the glass and soaking up the sun at Doppio.
p.s LOL = ladies ‘oo lunch (say it with a French accent and it will make sense)
Now I don’t consider myself a hipster or a LOL but Greenside’s allure paired with quite a good write up in my personal bible (Taste Magazine) and Odd Café was on the cards for this Saturday.Here’s what went down.
Team: 7 old boys (and girls), 2 new faces.
Décor: I am a sucker for all things deconstructed. Deconstructed tables, deconstructed frames, deconstructed EVERYTHING! Odd merges the deconstructed with the eclectic, which makes for a pretty cool kind of marriage. The outside of the building is adorned with graffiti, and the inside is home to a variety of art work, most of which is for sale. There is seating outside, inside and downstairs. Yes downstairs. As in the basement. This is where we were seated. I guess having the whole place to ourselves was nice but at times I did feel a little like a kidnapped kid being kept away from society and more importantly, sunlight. Rather odd. (See what I did there?)
Vibe: Greenside always has a vibe. It’s Greenside FFS. Odd is on the other side of the main road, away from most of the other restaurants, but it was still full and it sounded like things upstairs were pretty fun. Being in the basement makes it difficult to really have an opinion. We had a fun group so I guess that’s all that matters. If you want to see what’s happening with the rest of the world, make sure to sit upstairs.
Service: Our waitress was great. She remembered my name ( I booked so they wrote it down) and more importantly, remembered our order. She rattled off the specials without hesitation and was always on hand if we needed anything. The only downside, which is more a management issue than a waitress flaw, was the lack of a wine list. Now, I’m no wine connoisseur but I like to know what my options are and how much it will set me back.
Food: Choice is somewhat limited ( I imagine that’s why the specials menu was introduced) and pricing is average. There are a variety of breakfasts on offer as well as sandwiches and salads. All seemingly very healthy. I’m not a massive fan of healthy. We all basically ordered from the specials menu, which I think is quite telling.
Most of us had the Babalas burger – beef burger with bacon, haloumi and caramelized onions. The whole dish was rescued from mediocrity by the onions, which were divine.
Other dishes on offer were:
Odd Burger – beef burger with pineapple and avo. Self-explanatory.
Trinchado – looked fantastic but was more a goulash than a trinchado. I think most people had a taste and the general consensus was that it needed more chili. Lots more chili… and I don’t even like chili?!
Gnocchi – never one to mince her words, Dom will be our guest blogger today “Gnocchi was stodgy and although the flavours (pear, rocket, shaved mozzarella and pomegranate seeds) were interesting and kind of worked, after a while they stopped working and just became kind of yuck. It would have made a good tasting dish, but having the whole bowl became too much“ Thanks Dom.
Bruschetta – tomato, basil, mozzarella and basil pesto. Beautifully presented and tasted great. Personally, I prefer proper creamy mozzarella as opposed to the standard block variety, but I really can’t moan. It was good.
I didn’t look at the dessert options (the wine had gone straight to my head by this point) but we were lucky enough to get a plate of biscuits on the house. They were delicious and being free, I can’t complain. Thanks Odd!
A special mention must be made of the Avo Milkshake – yes AVO milkshake. As mentioned above, I was drinking vino but Dom ordered the milkshake and I had a little taste. Creamy and avo-ey. Although I didn’t adore it, it wasn’t offensive and Dom seemed to love it. If you like avo and you like ice cream, this one is for you.
Although I think vibe, décor and service are important to the success of a restaurant, at the end of the day I eat out because I love food, and honestly, I was a little disappointed. There was nothing wrong with the food, but I wasn’t blown away. I like being blown away.
I think we can all agree that while Odd Café is definitely a great aesthetical addition to Greenside, I would only really return for a quick sarmie or some tea and biscuits.