Decades ago, the leafy Kellet St in Potts Point was once a busy social and dining scene in the Cross, a mixture of top notch restaurants, trendy cafes, massage parlours, pubs and residential area. Over the years, a number of businesses have closed their doors except for a few iconic venues that have become Sydney institutions. Thankfully new places are popping-up and hopefully they will bring back the once buzzing scene of this lovely street.
As an ex-Elizabeth Bay resident, last week’s invitation to try out the food at House Bar & Bistrot, a new Italian restaurant has brought back a lot of flashbacks as I walked down memory lane.
House Bar & Bistrot is a new player which opened late last year, nestled on the handy corner block of Kellet St and Ward Avenue in Potts Point. At the helm is owner and Head Chef Mauro, who brought distinctive flavours from around Italy to Sydney. Mauro said, ‘everything we make is freshly prepared in house, from egg pasta to pizza, bread and ice cream, to ensure quality and flavours are authentic’. ‘We also buy direct from the farmers and producers’, he added.
Stepping inside the restaurant, this charming Victorian House gives glimpse to its defining features and high ceilings. The dining area offers a lot of natural light, with a cozy and homely feel along with a verandah for alfresco dining. The menu consists of starters, sides, mains and desserts including a separate vegetarian menu. The wine list offers a pleasing selection and is displayed above of the fireplace.
The tasting menu consisted of mixed dishes from their regular and vegetarian menu, and was served in stages. We kicked off with a serving of slightly toasted sourdough bread with different toppings. These were simply delightful and perfect for sharing. Must try are the Parmiginao Pumpkin with thyme and Marinated Sardines in butter and lemon zest.
Next to follow were the main dishes. Two pasta were served, Tagliolini with shaved zucchini, zucchini flowers and cherry tomatoes (vegetarian), and Tagliatelle with roasted pork belly, duck egg, topped with parmesan. The pasta were both al dente, and all the elements in each dish complemented each other. The Canederli Dumplings were subtle yet cheesy and buttery, a dish that you will keep coming back for.
Two sides were served to go along with the mains dishes, roasted chickpeas with zucchini, basil and chilli along with Cabbage Parmigiano with balsamic dressing, both sides wowed our tastebuds.
Tender and juicy, the Sirloin Beef Steak served with roast potatoes, onions and red wine gravy was packed with bold beefy flavours. The fillet was a thick cut, cooked consistently through to medium rare. Triumph in texture and flavour was the succulent slices of Lamb Backstraps with eggplant caviar and roasted chickpeas. Served medium rare, of course you can order this to your preference, the meat was very tender coupled with a rich eggplant caviar for dipping, hands down to this dish.
If you’re in the mood for delicious Italian cuisine, cocktails and wine, why not check House Bar & Bistrot out. They also provide live music on the weekend. For further details, click their site below.
House Bar & Bistrot
62-64 Kellet St, Potts Point NSW
E_deliciou_S was invited by @lalan_eats on Instagram