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Published August 9th 2016
Signature dish is fabulous
Glebe has a vast range of fabulous and interesting restaurants with a range of delicious cuisines. When I entered Alfie and Hetty recently it was like venturing into a friend's home, such was the homely atmosphere.
Alfie and Hetty Restaurant was named after two friends who lived in adjacent houses in 1920's Sydney. Alfie, a suspected gangster, lived next door to Hetty, a caring person in the local area who loved to cook roasts and also kept an eye on young Alfie.
Alfie and Hetty is a modern Australian restaurant with strong French influence. The restaurant is well-known for their slow roasted melt-in-the-mouth signature roasts. Two of us ordered the Lamb Shoulder Roast to share, along with truffle mash and baby carrots. The roast did not disappoint. The lamb delectably fell off the bone into the lamb jus and this dish was wonderfully delicious.
Two other companions had Joues de Boeuf confites, a braised beef cheek in Barossa shiraz served with cauliflower puree, Dutch carrots and truffled jus. They commented that the flavour of their meals were lovely but when the meals were served, they were lukewarm.
Another companion had the Poitrine de Poulet Sous-Vide, a slow-cooked chicken breast, served with pearl barley risotto, cauliflower, asparagus and truffle oil. She said the meal was delicious but it was also lukewarm. My companions were reluctant to complain, enjoying the flavour of their meals but disappointed with the temperature of the food.
Another point I would like to call attention to is that a number of restaurants consider it modern or stylish to serve hot drinks in a glass. I ordered a hot chocolate and it was too hot to hold the glass. Some glasses such as double-walled drinking glasses would be more useful yet still remaining chic. I would be interested in readers' views on this opinion.
Alfie and Hetty has a licensed wine bar and lounge and they can host functions for up to 60 people. There are two small balconies to sit and look out over Glebe Point Road and live jazz on Sundays at 6.00 pm.
Overall, Alfie and Hetty Restaurant is well-known for their roasts and they succeeded in this hands down. The venue is superb and it was fascinating walking up the staircases, going in and out of rooms, as we ascended to the top floor. I hope, though, that service speeds up so that food does not sit and become merely warm.