Ando: We decided to visit Hartsyard for some good old comfort food on a chilly Sydney night. And lucky for us the restaurant was well heated, had a warm ambiance and an intimate environment (the maximum group table is only for six). B and Mr K had beaten us to the restaurant and had already started on drinks when we arrived. It wasn’t long before we ordered as we had a quick glimpse over their menu whilst on the road.
To start off we ordered a few of the Oyster Po’ Boy – English muffin, Old Bay mayo and coleslaw ($18). The creamy mayo harmoniously accompanied the deep fried crumb oysters and the firmness of English muffins made it a delight start to our meal.
Duck Rilettes – Fuyu persimmon, nashi pear, foie gras, duck fat toast ($29). This was definitely one of my favourite dishes. The Fuyu persimmon and nashi pear accommodated sweetness to rich and fatty nature of the foie gras.
Fried chicken – Buttermilk biscuit, low country sausage gravy ($28). Immensely crunchy and delicious! I wish it came with more chicken though!
Pulled Pork – Maple bacon, yoghurt, apple ($29). Slow cooked perfectly, the pork pieces simply melts in your mouth. We all couldn’t get enough of this dish.
Poutine – fried potato, short rib gravy, cheddar-beer sauce ($23). A terrific hearty dish to enjoy in winter. I was pleased with the amount of cheese-beer sauce that was ladled over the potatoes. Quite pricey though.
Lamb Shoulder ($28). Not listed on the menu, Mr K stumbled upon one of the chefs whilst trying to find the bathroom and was told about the daily special – lamb shoulder. Served with chargrilled eggplant, Mr K enjoyed his selection.
Peanut Butter and Banana Sundae – pretzel ice cream, banana doughnut, salted fudge ($17). Who can resist? Bringing out our inner kid, this dessert was adult sized and tasted extremely amazing! It was sweet and dense. What more could I ask for?
Vanilla Cheesecake – Raspberry cookie dough, lemon ice cream, raspberry meringue ($17). Definitely my favourite dish of the night. It took us on a roller coaster ride that tasted sweet, tangy, crunchy and soft. Pow!
Hartsyard is the perfect setting for a good catchup with good friends and family accompanied with heart warming dishes.
33 Enmore Road, Newtown, NSW 2042
(02) 8068 1473
Operating Hours: Wednesday to Friday 5:30pm till late; Saturday and Sunday 5:30pm till late; Monday and Tuesday closed.