Hartsyard, the new kid on the block in Newtown which is owned by a husband and wife team Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart. They met in New York whilst working in a restaurant, fell in love, and moved to Naomi’s hometown, Sydney. Gregory runs the kitchen, and Naomi runs Front of House. They decided to open their own restaurant last November, acquiring the former Gourmet Viking premises, it’s quite a cosy restaurant, a lot smaller than I thought but still very funky and pretty cool.
The menu – seed and feed is for sharing. M and I couldn’t go past the crispy pig tails ($18) – buttermilk dressing, pickles and hot sauce. Not what I expected, as I had envisaged a pigs tail, however, it was a ball with a crispy layer of batter, and inside, tender, succulent pork shreds. The pork was fatty and the buttermilk dressing a wonderful complement. The pickles were seriously tasty!
I couldn’t go past the oyster po’boy ($16) – English muffin, old bay mayo, coleslaw. The oyster was deep fried, a relatively large oyster and it was crunchy, moreish and absolutely delicious. It was served with shredded coleslaw and mayonnaise. It was good, my only gripe is the English muffin, a tad on the heavy side and I think it would have been better if it’s served with normal bread or brioche.
M couldn’t go past the Poutine ($19) – oxtail gravy, fried potatoes, crispy beef threads, cheddar and beer sauce – oh my – talk about calorific! It was seriously good, especially the oxtail gravy. Pity the crispy beef threads were a little hard.
The cold-smoked fried chicken($26) – buttermilk biscuit, low country sausage gravy had my name on it. A very generous serving of fried chicken, it was crunchy and the flesh was moist. I am undecided about the low country sausage gravy – a little too creamy for me but the buttermilk biscuit was definitely wonderful, soft, fluffy and pillow-y.
We were stuffed, and thankfully M stopped me from ordering more. I wanted to try either the roast pork, which the table next to us had and it looked absolutely fantastic or the smoked beef short rib which we were told were excellent!
We wanted room for dessert, peanut butter and banana sundae ($16) – pretzel ice cream, banana doughnut and salted fudge. This was insanely good, the banana doughnut balls with fudge sauce was divine and although I was full I could not stop eating the pretzel ice cream with the crumbled praline biscuits and salted fudge. It really was hard to stop!
We were beyond full! That last mouthful of ice cream really put me over the edge. As for the drinks list, they have a variety of cocktails, wine by the glass (and a pretty comprehensive list of wines by the bottles), beers. They also have filtered water, sparkling or still, unlimited for $4. Naomi was extremely friendly, service was efficient and food came out relatively quickly. Definitely a great addition and can’t wait to go back and try the roast pork and ribs!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
33 Enmore Road
Ph: +61 2 8068 1473