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Hartsyard Restaurant

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Published September 13th 2012
Amazing fried chicken and peanut butter sundae
Hartsyard is a small restaurant in Newtown. I had booked a week in advance for a Wednesday night, and it was absolutely packed. I arrived about ten minutes early with Captain Adventure, and our table wasn't ready, so we perched ourselves on the stools by the bar with a couple of cocktails.

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Peanut Butter & Banana Sundae

Soon later Miss D arrives with boyfriend in tow, and we're seated at our table. Miss D and I had heard about Hartsyard and were extremely excited to try the food we'd heard so much about.
And with my peanut butter obsession I already knew that I'd order the Peanut Butter & Banana Sundae for dessert.


The first dish that arrives at our table is the Radishes with smoked butter, onion and rye bread crisps ($14). It combines lovely flavours and the super-crunchy rye bread slices add great texture. We find that all the dishes are very cognizant of using a variety of textures, which makes for an exciting dining experience.

Shaved Mushroom & Raw Artichoke Salad

We order the Shaved Mushroom & Raw Artichoke Salad ($17), which comes with celery heart and parmesan. Fresh and delicious, the thin slices of mushroom and artichoke are assembled into a pretty, bouquet-like arrangement with a pale colour palette. Amidst the salad are crunchy and salty parmesan chips that I can't get enough of.

The Poutine ($20) is by far my favourite dish of the evening. I'd come back and just scoff this down all by my lonesome. It's a dish of fried potatoes, oxtail gravy, crispy beef threads, cheddar and beer sauce. The oxtail gravy is ridiculously delicious and the crispy beef threads a wonderful complement.

Crispy Pig Tails

Miss D also wants to order the Crispy Pig Tails ($18), which come with a buttermilk dressing, pickles and hot sauce. I love that the hot sauce comes in a cute little jar. In fact, I'm pretty much in love with the presentation of everything on the menu. I'm not a big fan of the pig tails because I don't like the texture, but Miss D enjoys it. However, it has to be said that the other dishes were more memorable.

Cold Smoked Fried Chicken

The Cold Smoked Fried Chicken ($28) is Miss D's favourite dish. And that's high praise because she's a fried chicken fiend. She vows that she'll come back for it. The chicken is moist, tasty and you get three big pieces of it. Alongside the chicken is a buttermilk biscuit and low country sausage gravy.

Smoked Beef Short Rib

We also order the Smoked Beef Short Rib ($32) with kimchi and bone marrow. I love the very unique combination of beef ribs with kimchi, which cuts through the sweetness of the ribs with its spiciness.

Peanut Butter & Banana Sundae

And then it's time for dessert. The Peanut Butter & Banana Sundae ($16) is a no-brainer. Served with pretzel ice cream, banana doughnut and salted fudge, this is a crazy good dessert. There are so many textures, so many flavours, so many dimensions. You'd think you'd get confused, but you're just in awe. It's one of the best desserts I've eaten in a long time. Hands down.

Rhubarb Crumble

We also try the Rhubarb Crumble ($16) with malted milk, parsnip chips, strawberry and pomegranate. Beautifully plated, this deconstructed rhubarb crumble is a refreshing dessert, especially compared to the very rich and indulgent sundae. I love the combination of interesting textures - crumbly, crunchy, soft. The red colour scheme doesn't just originate from the rhubarb but also pieces of strawberry and pomegranate. Overall, a beautiful dessert, especially aesthetically speaking.

Pickle Back Martini

Before we're seated, Captain Adventure and I give the cocktails a go. I try the Pickle Back Martini ($17.50) which combines vodka, dry vermouth and muddles Hartyard dill pickle. I love dill and I love pickles, so I'm sold.

Captain Adventure opts for the Hartsyard Manhattan (also $17.50), which mixes together bacon-infused Jack Daniel's, sweet vermouth, bitters and maple syrup. There isn't much of a bacon flavour, but the maple aroma is there. Miss D has a glass of red, which is served in a a glass that looks like an odd, oversized petri dish.

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Why? Outstanding food in Newtown
When: Wed-Sun 5.30pm till late, Tue-Mon Closed
Phone: 02 8068 1473
Where: 33 Enmore Road, Newtown
Cost: Around $60 per person
Your Comment
weird question, what is the dress code?
by aless (score: 0|6) 3079 days ago
everything sounds yummy, except the peanut butter & banana sundae.
by inero (score: 2|106) 3091 days ago
everything sounds yummy, except the peanut butter & banana sundae.
by inero (score: 2|106) 3091 days ago
a very fusdion type.
by graha (score: 0|8) 3091 days ago
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