It was a busy service and we were seated upstairs which doesn't have quite the same bistro / wine bar feel as downstairs. Our waitress was friendly and upbeat but as the evening went on we discovered she's been drafted in as emergency cover hence when we asked where the ladies were she couldn't answer! She apologised at a later point in the evening for a "haphazard" evening but more on that later.
- O'Connor Striploin with a brown butter, pickled onion and mustard
- Half roasted chicken with charred leeks and golden raisins
- Housemade tagliatelle with beef shin ragu, garlic and Pecorino
- Crispy roast pork jowl and a Slipper Jack mushroom ragu
- Roasted baby carrots with smoked almond, honey and almond
- Baked cauliflower with macadamia and caper marjoram
Food wise it was a bit of a mixed bag. The dishes looked appetising. I had the roast chicken and it was tasty and cooked well but it wasn't very generous with 1 piece of charred leek and the chicken was more of a baby chicken...Similarly the roast pork jowl and the steak kind of met expectations flavour wise but didn't feel particularly value for money,
Sadly the tagliatelle was a fail; a tiny portion for $24 and it was cold. Tasty but cold and because service was inattentive and no one came to check in, there wasn't much scope to send it back plus we'd waited so long for the food, satisfying hunger took priority.
The cauliflower looked impressive - half a head baked and it tasted nice enough with a nutty puree but not enough of a calling card to cause us to return. I don't like carrots so didn't have any but the plate was cleared so they must have been good to eat.
Treacle tart with Jersey milk ice cream was the dessert of choice for Matt and Shern and I think this was probably the favourite dish.
Jon and I shared 3 cheeses. There's a wide choice to select from and I enjoyed the Montgomery Cheddar and Brillat Savarin we had. I avoided the blue...
I wouldn't be averse to popping in on an evening and having a glass of wine and some cheese but I doubt I would return for a full dinner. And even for cheese and wine there are many other options in the neighbourhoods close by. Sadly it just didn't live up to expectations following our first visit.