Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Montpellier Public House

We finally made it to the renovated Balzac site, transformed from a fine dining restaurant to a gastro pub downstairs, and a more formal dining area upstairs.

We opted for the more casual pub downstairs.  It's strange to think that a few months ago when we were at the same place, we were in a quieter dining room.  It's been transformed to a more casual dining area - more relaxed and comfortable and a bit noisier.

We started with the Fish & Chips, Mushy Peas,Tartare Sauce ($25)
Fish was not as cripsy as I'd expected, but the white flesh inside was sweet and piping hot.  The handcut chips were delicious, but funnily enough, for me the winner was the mushy peas!

























I've always wanted to know what a traditional Welsh Rarebit ($10) tasted like.  It was a lovely tasting cheesy toasty - would I have it again?  Probably not for $10 but it was a nice comforting dish.




























I've never had a traditional Yorkshire pudding.  Well, Montpellier offered Yorky Puds with Mustard ($6) and we couldn't resist.  Best of all, due to a slight delay they were on the house.  And they were awesome! Light, fluffy yet crispy and piping hot served on top of 3 different kinds of mustard.  The texture can be likened to a deep fried Choux Pastry...I would definitely go back for this dish!






































I'm so glad that Montpellier kept their trademark Bread and Butter Pudding ($8) on the menu.  It does come as a slightly smaller portion and without any ice cream - which would have been good with it!  But I'm happy to say it's as good as I remember it, and I'd be happy to drop by anytime to have a portion of this beautiful pud.  Or maybe next time I'll go for the Eton Mess ($7).






































It's a great local place to get a good feed, with plenty of choices at reasonable prices.  I'll definitely be back!  Best of all?  It's open 7 days.

http://www.montpellierpublichouse.com.au
141 Belmore Road Randwick NSW 2031
ph: (02) 9399 9660
hours:  Public Bar – 7 days – Midday to Midnight
Dining Room – Tuesday to Sunday – from 6pm

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Danks St Depot

It's been awhile since I posted...it's been a mixture of busyness at work, and preparing for a new addition - coming soon in the next few weeks!



Well, I'm just biding my time until she makes an appearance in the world.  Work is over for me for a year, and I had a Spreets voucher to redeem at Danks St Depot (and of course I had left it til the very last minute to use!).

Our brunch (for two) started of with a plate of poached pears, with labneh and mint, and sweetened walnuts.  The labneh was fresh and delicious, and the pears wonderfully warm and tender.

We then had a choice of an egg dish each, and we both couldn't resist ordering the poached eggs with bacon hash.  I almost went the truffled scrambled eggs, but the bacon hash could not be ignored.

The eggs were poached perfectly, when pierced, the runny molten egg yolks flows out onto the plate - perfect to be swept up by the toasted sourdough that comes with the dish.  The bacon is moist yet crispy, served in cubes, rustically mixed together with roasted potatoes.


















With the deal comes an offer of 50% off all Danks St Depot cookbooks.  My only gripe is that I spelt my name for the waitress (she offered for Jared Ingersoll to sign the book I purchased), but it still came out with the wrong spelling *sigh*.  But no matter.  Danks St Depot is still a great place for a good solid breakfast.

http://www.danksstreetdepot.com.au/
1/2 Danks St, Waterloo NSW 2017
ph: (02) 9698 2201
hours: Sunday - Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm, Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm
 

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