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Published October 12th 2018
Cosy restaurant serving up a variety of food options
Blink and you'll miss this cosy eatery opened just five months ago on busy Marrickville Road. Sidecar Restaurant has seating for only 32 diners and occupies such a small space we mistakenly visited the Gasoline Pony next door, Sidecar's older sister, which is an upbeat bar with live music and open mic events. Sidecar Restaurant has minimal decorative features. A small bar area in the corner with the kitchen at the rear, wooden tables and comfortable chairs positioned for couples or small groups, lights that hang from unique wooden discs and greenery strategically placed on ledges to add colour.
Sidecar has gluten free, vegetarian and vegan choices plus a nut free dessert. Our waitress was very helpful and professional, particularly with a friend who has gluten intolerance, pointing out suitable items from the menu. Our starter was the Parmesan and Herb Risotto Croquettes. The croquettes combined with the delicious semi-dried tomato salsa were divine, I could have ordered another plate they were so moreish.
The main dishes were not too far behind in arriving at our table. The Cape Grim Sirloin was juicy and tender with red wine balsamic reduction and garlic butter roasted carrots.
I chose the Slow Roasted Lamb with tasty minted peas. The lamb was succulent, each piece beautifully falling away into the rich sauce. Instead of the usual mashed potatoes that accompany roasts, the addition of the crunchy sweet potato fries was inspired. The texture of these chips added another layer to this fantastic dish.
Next on our eating agenda, dessert. For a dessert fiend who loves sugars and creamy sweets, the gluten free Warm Chocolate Zucchini cake was surprisingly delicious placed on a bed of peanut chocolate sauce and topped with mascarpone.
Though Sidecar is open Wednesday to Saturday and only for dinner, this restaurant is gaining popularity for a quiet place to eat and enjoy conversation. Currently, Sidecar is BYO but the owners are hoping this will change soon.
On a Saturday night, we had no problem parking in a side street, not far from Sidecar. Experience this wonderful quiet eatery for dinner with friendly and warm staff.