I must have been a little over excited the first time I visited Hartsyard because not only did I arrive one week early for our actual booking, every single photo I took was blurry. I have good reason to be excited, the American style restaurant in Newtown has been highly recommended and on my radar for some time but the availability of a table and my willingness to venture inner west had not quite panned out until now.
So we all know that American style menus are not exactly the healthiest fill you’re ever going to have both in portion size and fat content. This evening we are planning to work our way through a few of Hartsyard’s signature dishes, and they most certainly fall into that category. Upon saying that Hartsyard is not short of fans and advocates who insist that you really need to just park your calorific concerns and dive in.
Perching on the bar gives us a perfect restaurant, bar and street view. The restaurant is packed as it is every night, with bookings hard to come by at times. Service is noticeably good striking the perfect balance of explaining how things work and providing recommendations without making you feel like a spack.
For two people they recommend three shared plates (no more) and based on our own experience, this is seriously ample.
First stop is their most renowned dish, the Oyster Po-Boys on Homemade English Muffins ($18). These little stacks are three serious mouthfuls of yum. This will be my mandatory order for every time I visit, not just because of the tastiness but also because I can’t think of anything else like it for Sydney diners. This always ups a dish’s craveability.
The other popular dish is the Fried Chicken with Sausage Gravy and Buttermilk Biscuit ($28). Sausage gravy. So wicked there should be a law against it, but there it is generously topping the crispy, salty chicken pieces. This dish is exactly what you’d expect falling squarely into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category. Hartsyard makes it’s own hot sauce which is perfect for splashing on this dish for extra kick. I will be eating steamed broccoli for the remainder of the week as a ‘make good’ to my body.
Though my dining companion wanted to order Pulled Pork for our third and final dish I had to put my foot down and head for the Roulette Peppers with Romesco, Feta and Lemon Jam ($17). The idea behind the roulette peppers is that there is a chance that one of the peppers will have a hit of heat, though this evening they were simply delicious, chargrilled, mellow treats with the gorgeous sauce and jam a unique accompaniment.
Hartsyard have an incredible and legendary dessert menu including a Peanut Butter & Banana Sundae ($17) and Maple Brulee with Palmier Pastry, Cherry Ice Cream & Walnut Coffee Crunch ($17).
The menu at Hartsyard leaves little for those looking for healthy eating with the menu being pretty heavy and hard core (lamb ribs, fried chicken, pulled pork) however, if you’re up for it, the dishes are amazing. There’s actually a lot of room for error when you’re cooking such rich food (imagine sausage gravy done poorly!) but if you’re going to ‘go hard’, do it under the guiding hand of the team at Hartsyard.
33 Enmore Road, Newtown | +61 2 8068 1473