The business of ordering always ends up being a rather expensive exercise at Urbanologi it’s worth it for the pleasure of being able to taste so many fresh, foreign and interesting flavor combinations. The menu is divided into raw, cured, steamed, fried, kushiyaki (meaning skewered and grilled) and dessert. If you’re dining alone, make sure to pick one from each.
Standout plates included the herb seared venison with Sriracha emulsion, cucumber salsa and ponzu in the raw section; the duck pancakes with kimchi, horseradish emulsion and hoisin in the cured section; the coal-fried broccoli with smoked gorgonzola and broccoli gremolata; and the crumbed line-caught chokka (squid) served with a sweet and piquant mango salsa and micro basil. For those who enjoy pairing their food with the right kind of beverage, each dish comes with a wine or beer recommendation.
Say yes to the churros served with lime frozen yoghurt, cinnamon and orange jelly for dessert – they’re light and fresh and go beautifully with the suggested glass of Yardstick pinot noir.
Pleasingly, many of the wines are served by the glass, with some nice surprises such as the Circumstance Biodynamic (cabernet franc) and the Yardstick (pinot noir). Cocktails are made using only premium spirits and specially made spirits and are definitely worth a spin. For instance, the humble margarita is made with Don Julio, Cointreau, still lemonade and a squeeze of lemon. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available – from Symmetry Botanical tonics to BOS ice tea and S.Pellegrino sparkling water.
Quick, efficient service and knowledgeable staff means that recommendations from your waitron can be trusted and ingredients and plate size can be explained before decisions are made.
Because it’s a huge, industrial-style restaurant space with high ceilings and a brewery on-site, it can get very cold and drafty, especially in the colder months. But it’s great for entertaining big groups, who can be seated at the long dark wooden tables on matching high chairs.
Urbanologi patrons don’t pay for parking – just remember to ask for a receipt and present it to the car guards.
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