Hartsyard, Newtown

Hartsyard is a hot spot right now and this is made evident by their online booking system which shows nights filled a week or two in advance! I was after an impromptu visit and they were booked out but encouraged me to try for a seat at the bar upon arrival.

It was 7.30pm on a Tuesday night when we arrived and the bar was also full so we put our name and number down. Off we trotted to the Midnight Special bar down Enmore Road while we waited for the phone call.  About half an hour later, we received the call saying there was a spot free at the bar.  Yay!

They recommend sharing the dishes and we ordered a few to have between the two of us.  The menu is divided into 'Seed' being the smaller dishes and 'Feed' being the more substantial plates.

 School prawn popcorn ($15)
Espelette pepper, sour cream, lemon

From the 'Seed' part of the menu, we selected the school prawn popcorn.  The concept was very cute and there was great novelty in dipping your hand into the paper bag for a handful of goodies.  We ended up tearing the paper bag apart and emptied the contents onto a plate for better access to the popcorn and prawns.

Pulled pork, maple bacon, yoghurt and apple ($29)

The pulled pork was a dense little cube that came apart with a few fork prods. I found this dish to be quite filling and enjoyed the sweet bits of apple on the plate.

Fried chicken, buttermilk biscuit, low country sausage gravy ($28)

I REALLY wanted to try the fried chicken here and it did not disappoint.  I had a large piece of chicken breast and it was crunchy on the outside yet the meat remained moist and flavorful!  I also liked the comforting side of biscuit and sausage gravy. 

Peanut butter and banana sundae with pretzel ice cream, banana donut and salted fudge ($17)

Last but not least, a typical American style sundae for dessert.  It was a monster of a sundae and we both delighted in digging around the bowl finding morsels of crunch, banana, fudge and ice cream!

We left feeling absolutely stuffed.  I can see why it's so popular and would like to come again to try more of their menu!

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