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Belle: A few months ago I had the very hard decision to chose where I will be celebrating my birthday. With so many choices and an ever expanding list, it was overwhelming. I was on the bus home from uni one day when the warm ambiance from the restaurant caught my attention – it was like it was calling me. So it was decided that 4fourteen is where I will be celebrating my birthday with my family.

The concept of dining at 4fourteen is all about sharing. I am loving all these sharing platters and tapas style dining that are emerging in Sydney. It means more food to choose from.

The night started off with a bit of confusion from some unorganised staff. They didn’t know what to do with our group of six when we arrived 10 minutes early. Firstly we were shown the bar where they offered us complimentary chorizo flavoured popcorn. The saltiness along with the chilli hit went well together. Unfortunately the popcorn itself was on the stale side.

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While sitting at the bar, we decided to try their cocktails instead of ordering beer and wine.

First up, was the Frida Kahlo Passionfruit, Lime, Cointreau 1800 Tequila ($17). It was a good punch of acidity before the tequila kicks in.

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While the Canadian Pash, Passionfruit, Caramel, Citrus, Canadian Club ($17) was a lot fruitier and refreshing.

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We were then taken to our table and everything went smoothly from there.

The menu is organised into six categories; to nibble, rolls, small plate, large plates, larger plates ans salads and starches. We skipped the nibbles and ordered a few from the other categories.

Reuben Roll ($12)

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Beef Brisket, Smoked Mayonnaise Roll ($12)

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When these arrived at the table there was shock on everyone’s faces. The rolls were tiny considering the price we paid for them. The soft sweet bun and slow cooked melt-in-your-mouth meat went well together.

Crumbed Pigs Tail Roast corn ($16). Half the table opposed to ordering this dish. The thought of having a little wiggly tail on a plate seemed very disturbing to some. But I was eager to see what it will be like. And I was glad when it came out, it did not resemble a pig’s tail at all. These little deep fried finger shaped tails were light and fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside.

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Miso Smoked Salmon Lemon Curd and Fennel Bread ($18). This was another dish which was smaller than what we were expected. The lemon helps break the saltiness of the salmon and the fennel bread gave the dish the crunch texture.

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Roast Pork Smoked Kipflers and Rhubarb ($34). The pork was perfectly cooked, it was tender and juicy.

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Ginger and Licorice Beef Brisket Fried Bread and Pickles ($58) was the definite winner on the table. We had a sample of the brisket from the roll earlier and everyone wanted more. And there was enough to go around the whole table.

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By this point of the night, we were stuffed from all the meat and breads and were glad that we also ordered some salad with our meal. Mixed Grain Salad ($12). Although the grains were heavy, the salad was refreshing and full of flavours.

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Orange and Ginger Carrots Cumin and Yoghurt ($10). The carrots were perfectly cooked and had a good crunch to them.

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And to finish off the night, we had the White chocolate sandwich with dulce de leche ($14). A simple dessert which hits the spot.

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I would have loved to try to fit in the other desserts, but I decided to leave that for another visit.

414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

(02) 9331 5399

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