There were no tables free at 1:30pm on a Friday. "The food bar is the most requested seat in the house" I was assured on entering. I can see why.
This food bar is a window into the soul of the place. Best of all, if you are observant you can pick up a few tips over your duck confit if youre into that sort of thing.
On our visit, a tall, curly haired Jamie Kennedy hangs at the food bar with two of his cooks and makes it all look easy. The sheer quantity and quality of the food that comes out of this small bar is impressive. (There is a prep kitchen in the back.)
The menu changes daily, which is perhaps how he keeps his chefs and patrons looking so satisfied. Every plate is a triumph.
Heres what the two of us had that day out of a menu of 15 savoury and 5 sweet offerings:
Savoury Choux pastry with cheese filling - Complimentary
Grilled Flatbread with Three Dips $7
Spring Salad with Cookstown Radishes $7
Pulled Pork Sandwich with Mole $9
Wild Striped Bass with Fennel Puree & Beurre Blanc $12
Duck Confit with Cider Poached Apples $11
Vanilla Lemon Panna Cotta $6
All this and two large glasses of wine came to $85 before tip.
Portions are large enough to share but small enough that you can sample a few different items each. Meat dishes come with minimal accompaniments so fill in the blanks yourself with a salad and frites.
See you at the bar!