This place: Smack bang in the middle of suburbia, the restaurant could easily be mistaken for somebody’s century-old cottage house complete with high ceilings, wooden floorboards, and a quaint verandah overlooking a lovely wild (but kempt) garden in both the front and back. On top of the casual dining experience, there is even a random assortment of things – e.g. flora and useful or just interesting things – for sale.
The food: The kingfish carpaccio salad was sublimely beautiful. It came with a generous serving of raw kingfish too. The flavour was interesting – the salty capers mixed with the sweetness from the raisins, and then add to it, these fine violet shoots (I don’t know my vegetables, and was too embarrassed to ask what they were), rendered the salad refreshingly delicate and explosively tantalising. I’m usually not a salad person (although strangely enough I’ve been having more and more of them recently…), but this just worked so well together. Of course, the downside was, it was hardly enough to constitute a main dish, but luckily, my food buddy had ordered the smoked trout dish which I happily poached and gobbled down until I was finally satiated (and he, feeling a bit nonplussed, I’m sure). In terms of breakfast meals, his dish was decent, and well-cooked. The trout was lightly salted, the egg was crisp on the edge and gooey in the middle. There was an unsparing amount of hash. And the whole display – just gorgeous.
Suffice to say, I was quite impressed.
These were just two dishes on the menu; the breakfast and lunch selection is plentiful, so I feel like I will definitely be back to try them all…
The next time you’re in this neck of the woods, give this place a visit. Or if not, make a point to go here anyway.
Kingfish carpaccio salad
House Smoked Trout with Fried Egg, Potato Hash, Herbs and Sourdough