A beautiful aroma of home-cooking wafts out onto the street as we approach Farmhouse in Kings Cross. Upon entry we find one long communal table – with a limit of 20 people per sitting it feels like we are being welcomed in to a dinner party, and this feeling continues throughout the entire evening. The table cleverly has sections that fold up so people can get in and out as they need. The Maitre D’ provides us with a simple block of wood and paper with the nights set menu on it – a seasonal mix that changes regularly. See the above photos for the menu I enjoyed on this occasion!
I must say the starter was a winner. House-baked oregano bread with garlic aioli and potato skins was a real delight and set the tone for the rest of the menu really well. The wine list, while small, is perhaps purposeful in that you can safely choose any drop and know it will work well with your meal. I enjoyed a delicious 2012 Chardonnay from Lenton Brae (Margaret River).
Gorgeous hand crafted Laguiole cutlery adds a very special yet relaxed touch, and works wonders alongside the French country-style dinnerware which is tastefully placed in full view on the shelves opposite.
The apple yoghurt accompanying the chorizo and potato entrée really sets off the spice, and the pork for the main course is juicy and flavoursome. At this point I’m feeling rather full, but that last pile of smashed potato with red onion (topped with the remaining piece of crackling) is too inviting to leave behind. I’m really enjoying that chefs Mike Mu Sung and Tristan Rosier personally deliver the meals to me with an explanation of what I’m about to eat, something they can’t afford to do in a larger restaurant setting.
We are then presented with a dessert of small sugar-coated doughnuts and sour cherries topped with the most delicious whipped custard – yum. I won’t lie, I nearly asked for more… To add to the relaxed family feel of the place we are offered complimentary banana and white chocolate cake. I politely refuse given the size of my stomach at this point!
I leave feeling content and cozy, the satisfaction that comes from a home-cooked meal without having to do the dishes! If you are looking for a romantic, secluded and private dining experience this is not the place for you. The whole experience is very refreshing and encourages you to engage with your fellow diners – here it’s all about sharing the table, sharing conversation, and even sharing the food (I found my lovely elderly neighbour almost forcefully giving me a spoon to help her eat her cake, it was great!).
Word is Mike and Tristan are planning an Aussie-style “Christmas in July” menu complete with turkey and pavlova, be sure to make a booking sooner rather than later!