If you're a seafood lover, get ready to have your mind (and tastebuds) blown away with the new prix fixe menu at The Woods.
Their menu, aptly named Tidal Waves, is an underwater, five-course adventure for all of your five senses. The staff have come together to create seafood-inspired cocktails paired with seafood dishes. With each course presented, it's very clear that the bartenders and kitchen staff have worked closely to not only pair the food and drinks with careful consideration, but also to ensure an out-of-the-box presentation. Both the bartender and chef were present when each course came out (and as our mouths all hung open in awe!) to explain what was in each cocktail and dish.
We started with an amuse bouche - fresh Hong Kong abalone with fried kale and miso sauce, paired with squid ink sake. We loved the fresh abalone and how the sake was sweet, yet still allowed us to taste the hints of the squid ink with each sip.
The appetiser, Rock Pool, was a feast for the eyes as much as the mouth! The cocktail, cleverly served in a shell, comprised seaweed-infused gin and was paired with botan ebi served in a blue gelatin-like liquid, made using grapefruit to simulate the ocean.
We were really excited about the main course, Bloody Mer, as the staff showed us the live little crabs when we first arrived and told us that they would be part of the menu. The Woods actually flies the crabs in live from Japan, so you can be sure that they're as fresh as you can get. The drink is a re-make of your typical Bloody Mary with the addition of uni, and is paired with freshly fried crabs on top of crab cakes made with risotto and a roasted red pepper dressing.
Before dessert was served, our bartender told us that this course would be the most surprising of all. Obviously intrigued, we were slightly confused at how an oyster would be considered dessert until the chef explained that the "oyster" was entirely made of chocolate! This course, The Black Pearls, consisted of a white chocolate and vanilla- infused rum cocktail and a white chocolate oyster with salted caramel ice cream and caviar. The mould for the oyster was also made from scratch by the chef - very impressive indeed! This course was unique (and so delicious!), we just couldn't get over how creative it was.
The digestif, Ocean Spray, was the perfect ending to an innovative menu. The peach sorbet with salmon roe was light and refreshing, and the roe worked well with the flavour and texture of the sorbet. The tequila, caper brine and grapefruit cocktail was also very light and served in a unique glass.
If you're interested in trying something truly one of a kind as opposed to going back to your usual bar for drinks, then the prix fixe menu at The Woods is a great choice. Creative, interactive, indulgent, and delicious, Tidal Waves is sure to do more than just please your tastebuds!
The Woods / 17 Hollywood Road / Central