My first visit at Hartsyard was great that I had to come back, this time with the family. I made reservations two – three weeks in advance, and the place was buzzing when we arrived at 7pm. It was good to see Naomi again, she recognised me from my last visit which I thought was nice.
They had a couple of new items on the menu – the fondue which sounded interesting but we didn’t end up ordering. Since I have previously visited this restaurant, they left all the ordering to me. I had to order a couple of things that I had from my previous visit as I couldn’t resist but eat them again.
The Oyster Po’Boy ($16) – English muffin, old bay mayo, coleslaw is a definite must order. I really do love the crumbed oyster, it was moreish and excellent. However, same as before, I think the muffin makes it a little too heavy but still very tasty!
Crispy pig tails ($18) – buttermilk dressing, pickles, hot sauce. I wasn’t going to order this but my brother, F, really wanted to try it.
We all couldn’t resist the duck rillettes ($26) – duck fat toast, cherry jam, foei gras. Oh my – this was fantastic. It was smooth, creamy and extremely delicate and the cherry jam was sweet and complemented the rillettes well.
For the feed, the poutine ($20) – oxtail gravy, fried potatoes, crispy beef threads, cheddar and beer sauce.
I have to say that the cold-smoked fried chicken ($27) – buttermilk biscuit, low country sausage gravy was excellent! Crispy skin, tender flesh – it was a hit amongst the diners.
The roasted pork ($29) – vadouvan, sorrel, black-pepper maple bacon was beautifully cooked. The pork chop was generous and quite large, it was tender and deliciously succulent. The vadouvan was lovely, the sorrel was a nice accompaniment.
Last but not least, smoked beef short-rib, Sunga’s kimchi, bone marrow ($32) – OH MY! The highlight and probably the best dish I have had at Hartsyard. The beef rib had a nice smokey flavour and it was incredibly succulent and the kimchi a wonderful complement. The bone marrow – my favourite, was just to die for! It’s a shame it came last as we were getting full but it was oh so very tasty!
For dessert, rhubarb crumble ($16) – malted milk, parsnip chips, strawberry, pomegranate – a deconstructed rhubarb crumble and everything I love on the one plate! The parsnip chips wonderful and you all know my love for rhubarb! A very light but fulfilling dessert!
Service wonderful as always and Naomi was super friendly. The food absolutely delicious – I am still dreaming about that bone marrow and beef ribs – it was just phenomenal! Wouldn’t mind some right now!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
33 Enmore Road
Ph: +61 2 8068 1473