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Published June 13th 2015
I'll be heading back for the smoky, cheesy, potato thing
If you're the type to get excited about a menu that includes fairy bread and a 'smoky cheesy potato thing', and love buzzy spots where you have to put your name on a brunch waiting list, then Pinbone is for you.
Pinbone is neatly nestled inside an elegant two story terrace (formerly occupied by Buzo) at the Oxford Street end of Jersey Road in Woollahra. It's open for brunch on Sunday and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday.
I recently joined three friends for Sunday brunch to celebrate an impending birth.
The brunch menu focuses on hearty, stomach-filling fare such as baked beans and fried eggs on toast, bacon butty with tomato, or scones with smoked cheese, gravy and fried eggs.
I was in the mood for some Sunday morning stodge, so chose the bacon and egg roll with smoky BBQ sauce ($10). The roll was a soft, ciabatta style bread which soaked up all the lovely bacon juices, eggy dribbles and BBQ sauce perfectly. It was big enough to see me through the morning and across lunch.
The restaurant is bright and minimal in decoration, which is a good thing considering the neat size of the space and the number of chatty diners that are tucked inside. Our meals and drinks were delivered swiftly by efficient wait staff. Despite the loud hum of conversation and the bare wooden floors, I was still able to hear the latest updates and girl talk from across the table.
If you're not into grains, bacon, or eggs, the menu offers a choice of a steak or club-style sandwich with fries, or some seasonal salads.
Fairy bread for dinner?
The dinner menu is all about share plates and features an eclectic mix of flavour combinations that adventurous foodies will love. You could share a plate of peanut custard, pickled peanuts and edamame, or chicken breast, prawn-head gravy and celery with a side of smoky, cheesy potato thing.
The item that really caught my attention was my all-time childhood party favourite fairy bread ($4), which cheekily sits at the head of the menu. It had me intrigued as it seemed too frivolous for even the most unconventional restaurant.
It turns out that the Pinbone fairy bread is a more savoury, adult version that comprises slices of brioche topped with creamy mascarpone and three varieties of caviar.
I'm still dying to know what the smoky, cheesy potato thing is - you'll have to go along for dinner and let me know!