A lack of posts on talk&spoon doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating (rest assured, readers!) – it just means Uni has been getting me down and I think about it more than I should. A few weeks ago, before Uni got busy, SH and I decided to head over to Hartsyard in Enmore/Newtown (just a few doors down from the Oporto!) to finally eat at the place we’d been talking about since 2 semesters ago.
I guess it’s somewhat an awkward location for a restaurant? There aren’t many passersby, but Bloodwood in Newtown comes to mind as well, and boy has that done well! We had big expectations for Hartsyard too, and all our desires and cravings were satisfied. We began our meal after a discussion with a very helpful waitress – for two small-sized girls, it was recommended for us to have either 2 dishes from the ‘Seed’ side of the menu + 1 ‘Feed’ dish, or 1 ‘Seed’ dish + 2 ‘Feed’ dishes for the extra hungry. From that recommendation you can decipher that ‘Seed’ means smaller plates, while ‘Feed’ is the bigger stuff. All is meant to be shared. We decided we were indeed ‘extra hungry’ – nothing can hold us back. School Prawn Popcorn – Espelette pepper, sour cream, lemon ($15) was deemed as a moreish starter. Presented popcorn-style in a brown paper bag, the prawn + popcorn combination was indeed amazing. So many times we said to each other: “Yeah, I’m full of this now, ready for the next dish.” But look! There goes my hand again reaching into that brown bag, grabbing more against my better judgement. Definitely like that snack-food you just can’t get enough of.
Our first ‘Feed’ dish was Cauliflower – Smoked raisin, porcini marmalade, queso fresco, pecan ($26) which just sounded like it had an amazing combination of ingredients. Porcini marmalde – fo shizzle?! Or maybe I was just really into cauliflower that day, knowing that I’d soon be tasting the famed cauliflower of Ester Restaurant (review to come soon!). Man that was tasty! All those who think cauliflower is a bland vegetable – think again.
So Hartsyard is a bit American in its food – see the Fried Chicken – Buttermilk biscuit, low country sausage gravy ($28) as well as the freaking amazing dessert we had to finish… To be honest I wasn’t blown away by the fried chicken – I think I enjoy it at Jazz City Diner more as the batter was a bit too heavy here. I’m also not sure how much the buttermilk biscuit added to the dish – but maybe I’m just not familiar with this dish. Anyone got other thoughts?
Aaaand the finale. I had heard so much about this dessert – my friend L. said we had to get this: Peanut Butter & Banana Sundae – Pretzel ice-cream, banana doughnut, salted fudge ($17) – basically the most indulgent thing (closely followed by the Little Lost Bread at Devon Cafe perhaps?!). We told ourselves: “There’s banana, it’ll be okay.” Every mouthful is a surprise, a delight and a comfort all at the same time. You get crunchy bits and you get smooth bits and you get cold bits and you get warm bits. My words are really failing – please, just get this dessert. Thanks.
33 Enmore Road
Newtown, Sydney NSW 2042