My friend & I were wondering around Crown St (Surry Hills) on a Monday night to find a restaurant that would still serve us past 9.30 pm (we had been carried away catching up over drinks beforehand). Luckily for us, Watts on Crown St had just opened a few weeks before and was eagerly welcoming new patrons to try their restaurant.
As you enter the big red wooden doors of the restaurant, the place has a classic, modern decor, with a mosaic tiled wall feature, black & white tiled floors and white ceramic Chinese masks hanging on the wall. There is also a large upstairs area with a balcony overlooking Crown St.
Watts on Crown offers a modern European menu, including Spanish, French & Italian dishes with a modern twist. We had two very helpful & attentive waiters serving us, both with strong European accents (I felt I was back in Europe ;). The waiter was very helpful in suggesting the wines to accompany the meal, and gave us a testing of the different wines to help with our decision. I started the meal with the Stuffed Zucchini Flowers, these were small delicate zucchini flowers stuffed with creamy goats cheese served with romesco sauce, $11.
The main Roast Marlin fillet with baby beetroot, asparagus and sherry reduction, $24. I enjoyed the combination of the marlin with the sweet bitesize morsels of baby beetroot, but unfortunately the fish was a bit on the dry side and I would have liked a bit more of the sherry reduction to give it more flavour.
Even though I wasn’t very hungry, as soon as I saw they had chocolate fondant on the dessert menu I had to order it! (myself being a big chocoholic & fondant fan! 😉
The chocolate fondant was served with vanilla bean ice cream, $11. This dessert was done perfectly – rich dark chocolate, moist, with just the right consistency of chocolate oozing as you break the fondante in the centre.. MMM CHOCOLATE HEAVEN!! I hadn’t had a fondant this good in years – it was definitely the highlight of the meal!
So, the verdict? Check out Watts on Crown St – the new kid on the block, I am hoping this restaurant is a bit more successful than its predecessor on this location (Chili Alchemy), good food, good service and some cute waiters with European accents! 😉 (and of course – you MUST try the chocolate fondant!)
Watts on Crown, 368 Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010