It's taken us three years to get to Huxtable and we may have been delayed but our welcome on a sunny Saturday afternoon was fresh and friendly,
I liked the bright dining room with lots of natural light coming in from the windows. I liked the wooden table and the grey banquette we were seated at. The neutral tones kept things informal and relaxed and that's how we felt throughout the meal.
Xo bun with crab, jalapeno, thai basil mayo (not pictured)
More like a crab mayo sandwich I didn't get much heat or spiciness. It was light and fresh but wasn't the most flavoursome or memorable mini bun dish. The pork belly slider at Spice Temple still holds that crown.
Jalapeno & cheddar croquette
Two small crispy balls soft and fluffy on the inside spiked with a jalapeno heat. These were delicious and as good as the amazing wild mushroom croquetttes at The Commoner.
Duck liver parfait donut w cognac glaze
This was a bite size canape and really too rich for my taste but Steve loved it. I found the creaminess of the parfait and the intensity of the foie gras too much and too decadent that I couldn't have any more than the half bite I took but Steve argued that he could have had the whole thing and more!
Pork rillettes, black pudding, apple, toasted milk bread
Great flavour combinations here - white potted pork, spicy black pudding that was a but flabbier than what I'm used and worried me as I don't like that sort of gelatinous texture but when used as a spread was fine and the some sweetness from the apple and the toasted bread.
Tuna tataki, bonito soy dressing, dashi, finger lime, daikon
Clean flavours, quite heavy on the salt but the meaty tuna coped with that.
Korean bbq pork ribs, spicy slaw, chilli gherkin
Excellent deep fried golden goodness and I loved the coleslaw and the crunchy gherkin. I think what could have elevated this dish to being sublime would have been perhaps some apple through the slaw - just something a bit zingy to cut through all the fattiness. The gherkin did it a bit but apple would provide the tartness but also a little sweetness.
Roasted lamb rump, smoked eggplant, farro & kale
Beautiful slices of pink meat with some flavoursome accompaniments - really nothing to dislike!
Sweetcorn, macaroni & smoked mozzarella, chipotle
An amazing bowl of comfort homeliness. Al dente macaroni not reduced to a sticky gloopy mess but coated in a silky sauce. Loved the sweetness and then the smokiness and creaminess and then the spike of chipotle. Very clever combination of flavours.
Roasted peanut parfait, brioche crumbs, raspberry jam & sorbet
A lovely sweet salty and fruity dessert to finish off a great meal.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Huxtable and were impressed by the creativity and the passion in the food, Looking forward to the next visit already. Indeed, what took us so long to get there in the first place.