Raffles Reviews… Vivid Sydney at Chatswood Dining

Vivid Sydney at CHatswood dining! This fabulous creation is from Choc Pot

So tonight we went to taste our way around Vivid Chatswood, an experience that was as educational as it was delicious.

So how was it educational? Well, for starters the buildings and streets of Chatswood have gone “Steampunk”, which is something I’ve never heard of before. So I learned tonight that steampunk is kind of where futuristic tech meets old world steam-powered machinery with a totally punk attitude. And how could that be anything other than epic?

Vivid Sydney at CHatswood SteamPunk

The Concourse is where you’ll see Chatswood’s biggest light instillation where the walls of the arts centre light up with crazy images. If you look up you will see space ships and clouds on the buildings and if you look down you’ll see a submerged Steampunk waterworld.

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood

So cool. Across the road is a mad octopus whose glowing tentacles are powered by the awful drumming of passers by. It was pretty fun but boy I wish people would learn to keep a beat.

But we weren’t there just for the lights, we were there to eat! And there is so much choice with the awesome food at Hawker Lane, the fab dining at The District (at Chatswood Interchange) as well as all of the offerings on The Concourse itself. But we didn’t want to eat any old food, we wanted Vivid food.

Our first stop on this delicious adventure was The Orchard Tavern, where we had our minds blown by their epic steampunk burger, which was a thing of porky awesomeness.

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood; The Orchard Tavern's steampunk burger

Not only was this phenomenal work of burger art full of juicy pork belly with crunchy crackling, crispy streaky bacon and delicious pulled pork, there was also swiss cheese, rocket, roasted tomatoes and spicy peri peri mayo for zing. And it was all stuffed into a black charcoal bun. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’d sprayed it with edible silver and it looked like a burger machine! It was so huge, no one thought I’d be able to eat it all. But they didn’t count for the fact that I’m a machine too. An eating machine. And booyah… I slaughtered that bad boy.

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood; The Orchard Tavern's steampunk burger

Mum and dad were so full after their burgers that they wanted to pass on our food crawl but The Choc Pot in The District was calling me. There we devoured something called a Chocolate Dystopia, which was the second thing I learned this evening. I didn’t know what a dystopia was either. I think it means a kind of frightening imagined place that is environmentally damaged.

Vivid Sydney at Chastwood dining: steampunked S'mores Ice Cream Sandwich at The Choc Pot

And though this dessert was scorched and stacked with rusty nuts and bolts, there was nothing scary about how it tasted. It was a steampunked S’mores Ice Cream Sandwich made from chocolate cake (baked mocha mousse cake) filled with ice cream, scorched gooey marshmallowy yumminess and topped with oozy chocolate fudge, smashed honeycomb and edible nuts and bolts! OMG. If this is dystopia, sign me up.

Vivid Sydney at CHatswood dining! This fabulous creation is from Choc Pot

By this stage mum and dad were waddling, but we had one more stop on our delicious mission and that was at Passion Tree Dessert Shop where my sister and I gobbled amazing macarons as well as sucking back a couple of their Vivid inspired, fully loaded White Rose and Mint White Delight hot chocolates.

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood: Passion Tree Dessert Shop's Vivid inspired, White Rose and Mint White Delight hot chocolates.

So do I think you should head to Chatswood for your vivid fix? Only if you want to see some seriously cool light installations and eat wickedly tasty food while being waited on by some of the nicest people in Sydney.

Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 9
(Bracketed comments by his mama)

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood
Every evening from 5.30pm – 10.30pm, 26 May to 17 June 2017
in various buildings, malls and streets in Chatswood CBD

Disclosure: Raffles dined as a guest of The Orchard Tavern, The Choc Pot and Passion Tree Dessert Shop but gratuitous overuse of the word epic and all opinions are his own.

8 Comments on Raffles Reviews… Vivid Sydney at Chatswood Dining

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    June 3, 2017 at 8:25 am (7 years ago)

    Did not try out the food (just got Thai at the District, which was nice) but really enjoyed Chatswood VIVID. Was worth the trip. That smore thing looks great!

      June 4, 2017 at 10:19 am (7 years ago)

      IT was delicious! I enjoyed it too, so much less stressful for the kids than the city

  2. Lyn aka The Travelling Lindfields
    June 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm (7 years ago)

    It sounds like you had a fantastic time. We live quite close to Chatswood and eat there often. There are loads of great restaurants.

      June 4, 2017 at 10:20 am (7 years ago)

      We did. It’s become one of our favourite spots to dine out

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    June 3, 2017 at 8:39 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow those are some epic meals! I always think of Vivid as a city thing but thanks for highlighting other areas.

      June 4, 2017 at 10:20 am (7 years ago)

      You’d love the foodie treats on offer Lorraine

  4. michelle
    June 4, 2017 at 10:23 am (7 years ago)

    We miss Vivid now we live in Melbourne. If I was back at home I would have loved to have taken the kids to Taronga – that looks pretty incredible this year. Loved the fairy floss your daughter had!

      June 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm (7 years ago)

      Its been really good this year


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