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Spencer Guthrie, Newtown

As I mentioned earlier, Newtown is not a place that I visit very often and suddenly within the space of four to six weeks I have visited three restaurants – Bloodwood, Hartsyard and now Spencer Guthrie. Spencer Guthrie can be found on the busy street of King Street, created by Troy Spencer who is ex-L’etoile and Oliver Guthrie, ex-Lucio’s they have created a Modern Australian menu with a focus on locally grown, organic and seasonal produce.

There were five different choices for ‘to start’ (entrée) and ‘to follow’ (mains) and everything sounded wonderful. We started with complimentary rosemary bread with butter and salt and it was extremely tasty. It was served warm and slathered with butter was deliciously scrumptious.

For entrée, we both couldn’t go past the chicken and duck liver parfait, warm ginger bread and prune jam ($20) – such a pretty dish! The parfait was deliciously creamy, the warm ginger bread had a hint of ginger and the prune jam was a wonderful complement. We definitely did not have enough ginger bread, but were offered more, however, we opt for the rosemary bread instead as we both thought it was better than the ginger bread.

The food are not meant to for sharing, but we both wanted the pork cheeks so thought we would share the glazed pork cheek, roasted fennel, apple fondant and mustard ($31). The pork cheeks were incredibly tender that it melted in my mouth, the apple fondant was a wonderful complement and the pig’s ear was wonderful. We both really enjoyed this dish.

We also shared the lamb rump, smoked garlic confit and pickled radish ($30) – the lamb was pink, and cooked to perfection.  It didn’t have that lamb-y smell and the baby organic vegies was a nice touch. It was definitely tasty – is it possible that I actually enjoy lamb now? Possibly!

And for dessert, we shared the honeycomb parfait, blood orange sorbet and coconut tuille ($15) – the blood orange sorbet really won us both over! The honeycomb parfait was delightfully creamy and smooth, and the blood orange sorbet – frigging delicious! It was a wonderful way to end the meal.

Servings I thought was a little small when compared to both Bloodwood and Hartsyard but it was enough for both of us. We were both stuffed and extremely satisfied. Service was impeccable and the wait staff were incredibly knowledgeable about the food. We definitely enjoyed ourselves.

I won’t do a comparison between Bloodwood and Hartsyard, I believe they are all quite different in their own way – it was still good regardless.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Spencer Guthrie

399 King Street

Newtown 2042

Ph: +61 2 8068 1080

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  1. July 23, 2012 at 4:35 am

    The food looks more refined than Hartsyard.

  2. July 23, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I went to Spencer Guthrie recently too – wish I’d known you could ask for more bread for the parfait..I was just piling all my parfait onto those two little bits of bread.

    • July 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      ya we definitely needed more bread! the parfait was just too good to waste and i couldnt have eaten so much on that tiny bread!

  3. July 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

    You’re like a Newtown local now 😉

    • July 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      LOL i don’t know if i would call myself that! but i am liking newtown and marrickville now!

  4. July 26, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I’ve read a bit of mixed reviews of this place… still it’s close enough to where I live to pay them a visit.

  5. August 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    “slathered with butter” – you are joking…they don’t give you enough butter to smear on one piece, let alone two!!! Maybe they knew who you are…

    I was reduced to eating the salt just to fill my poor hungry tummy, and that was after 3 courses!

    I’m being slightly tongue in cheek…they cook well, but a few will echo my point I am sure…

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