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Published March 10th 2017
A bit of charm, a bit of character, a lot of love
Hidden away on Chesser Street is a gem with a very unique concept. The Henry Austin is a versatile menu that offers their customers with a range of services, including a fully equipped bar, over three spaces for restaurant and in-dining experiences, function space, Yum Cha style feeds, a generous selection of wines in their cellar, a bottle shop, and even a Fringe venue! With so many options on offer, the Henry Austin is almost guaranteed to serve you in one way or another!
What particularly caught my attention was that The Henry Austin doesn't have a set menu. Customers are instead invited to be seated in one of their comfortable dining spaces, where the waiter/waitress will inform them of the day's "specials".
There's a certain level of charm and wisdom that resonates through the décor and mannerisms of the lovely people who work here. Although, I would like to think that The Henry Austin would be a fun place to work, where it coincides with play.
And with the Fringe season in full force, the ambience of this place seems very inviting and free-spirited. The interior of this space is well-aged, but still has hints of modernity. The music playing here will either put you in a good mood of tranquility or make you want to give your dancing shoes a real workout. No matter what happens here, it looks like it's impossible to have a negative experience here!
Depending on what's offered, you can have a glass of your favourite wine / beer / cocktail to complement your feed.
For example, I was humbly given a serve of the beef tartare, which when coupled with a glass of Typsy Hill 2016 or the Manhattan cocktail (with 12 year old Chivas Regal whiskey, Antica Formula sweet vermouth, and bitters) left my tastebuds tingling in a satisfying manner.
Having hit Fringe season well over halfway now, there are a number of options available to get the most out of your dining and visit to the Henry Austin when you watch the many shows that are showing there at "The Henrietta":
- $45 Fringe Fast Feed: A banquet, which comes with your choice of a snack, an entrée, and a main dish. Ideal for those looking for a quick feed pre or post Fringe shows.
- $65 banquet - 9 plates, which include desserts
- $90 banquet - 12 plates, which comes with a palate cleanser that incorporates native ingredients and interesting, rare foods.
Not attending the Fringe and feel like takeaway from this magical place? Place in an order before 11am via email / phone and have your order ready for collection from midday onwards - you even get to enjoy your feed in special tiffin tins with a $15 deposit!
The superstar who's found residence among the customers
When a place supports everything local - from fresh produce to the arts, there should be no hesitation in visiting and supporting these guys and gals in return! There's a sense genuinity with The Henry Austin; a sense that leaves you in a state of love and appreciation.
Do yourselves a favour - grab your copy of The Henrietta, check out what shows are playing, and treat yourself to a seriously good time in a space that is nestled away in the quieter spots of the city!
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