Come nightfall, under dim lights, the eclectic Queenslander-inspired venue turns on the charm with calming tunes and cosy window nooks.
July 11, 2013
Foxy Drop, you could say, is the darker and sexier side of the southside breakfast favourite Foxy Bean. Come nightfall, under dim lights, the Queenslander-inspired venue turns on the charm with calming tunes and cosy window nooks. Say goodbye eggs benny and hello laidback sophistication.
Meander through the bright red door and pause; you'll need to take in the surroundings. The walls are an eclectic mishmash of colourful v-joint pine boards, silver pressed tin, fake hanging vines and murals of, well, foxes, of course. Pull a leather stool up to the polished concrete bar, sit back, settle in and order dinner before 8pm when the place starts to fill out with a crowd ready to be serenaded. Live music kicks off around then and after a few wines the intimate setting gets friendlier, as guests put in requests and try their best to sing along.
If you’d like things a little quieter, keep walking through the rabbit warren (or should we say fox den), past the kitchen and bathroom to discover the AstroTurfed courtyard out back with plenty of space. Here groups of friends can be found busy catching up over a mixture of good food, drinks and conversation. Even in the depth of winter this area gives off a warmth entirely unseasonal.
Foxy’s relaxed vibe does not equate to relaxed, home-style cooking; quite the opposite in fact. Food is of exceptional quality and their plating up will rival the aesthetics of many CBD restaurants. The dinner menu offers diners a short but very enticing pick of four mains and a dozen or so tapas-style dishes.
The scallops ($13) were simply divine. Beautifully seared and soft on the inside, they lay on top of portobello mushroom slices and a pea puree. The added touch of pancetta gave the dish a harmonious salty and sweet balance. Other highlights were the loin of lamb ($32), wrapped in a melt-in-your-mouth shredded shank blanket, sitting on a bed of broccolini and pureed pumpkin, paired with a square of potato gratin and finished with a raspberry jus. The fish of the day ($29) was red sea bass steak on a pea and prawn risotto, topped with a crunchy salad — striking the perfect balance between home comfort and fresh.
In its short lifetime Foxy Drop has managed to cement itself in the hearts of inner-suburban folk by providing a mixture of top-quality food, fantastic and friendly staff, an intimate vibe and live entertainment.