Enmore’s buzzy neighbourhood eatery, Hartsyard, has kicked off 2019 with a bang, with a fresh beginning and a new dynamic duo, Jarrod Walsh and Dot Lee, at the helm. The power couple will see Hartsyard through its next chapter and double down on its refined, share-style offering with a trim new menu and trendy local artworks.
Hartsyard’s head chef Walsh (QT Sydney and Automata) and real-life partner Lee took over the keys from founders Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart in December with a view of taking the eatery further into its lighter, technique-driven direction, after graduating from famed fried chicken joint to refined Hartsyard 2.0 last year.
Guests to the rebooted Hartsyard can expect a new à la carte offering featuring 13 share-friendly plates and two set menus ($75 and $95), now available in vegetarian and vegan.
Flavour-packed new menu additions include stone fruit with smoked sheep’s milk yoghurt and Japanese yukari shiso, mix-your-own Geraldton kingfish tartare with seaweed chips, and Clarence River baby octopus marinated and grilled with roasted peppers and smoked charcoal potatoes. Hartsyard’s go to deep-fried duck also makes a reappearance with a new rotating seasonal garnish.
Complementing the plates is an expanded wine offering of classics and funky, organic additions by restaurant manager Andrea Spagna. The rebooted drinks list, by new bartender Paddy O’Rourke (The Gretz, Bulletin Place, Dead Ringer), champion beers from local only brewery mates, sake and punchy new cocktails – say a Stonefruit Slipper with stone fruit vodka, maraschino cherry and lemon sherbet or The Pepito with spiced coconut rum, mango, yoghurt, honey and pistachio.
The 50-seat space now houses new black and white tattoo-inspired artworks by local artist Isabel Williams, building on last year’s refurb which introduced crisp whites mixed with oak joinery and tan upholstery, screens with fresh pops of greenery and pendant lighting.
Hartsyard is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday and Sundays for lunch ($55 set menu), with Saturday lunch to follow in February.
33 Enmore Road
Newtown NSW 2042
New dining hours: Wednesday to Saturday 6pm till late, Sunday lunch 12pm to 3pm.