Editor's note, Hatch and Co is now closed permanently.
The buzz around Gasworks Plaza's latest eatery is palpable, so, no surprise, we greedy Urban Listers had to go and try it out for ourselves, stat. Happily, this open-plan, relaxed venue does not disappoint.
Hatch & Co has taken a few burgeoning dining trends (in-house pizza ovens, share plates, and communal tables) and combined them in a laid-back, very tasty package.
The share plates come in both small and large iterations, with the larger serves focusing on truly impressive cuts of meat. The whole, crispy-fried market fish really stole the show, but the slow-cooked 'Boston Butt' pork cut, with apple jam and scratchings, looked like heaven, and the lamb shoulder with lemon and garlic dressing was equally tempting.
The small plates featured flat-ironed steak, smoked-salmon with mandarin and crème fraiche, and a charcuterie plate with pickles (and you know we love a pickle).
A traditional wood-fired pizza oven takes pride of place at the front of the open kitchen, which has been designed to give nosey diners the chance to watch as their pizza is created before their very eyes. The pizzas themselves are thin, crispy, and just how we like them.
The dessert line up was a glutton's delight, with a morish vanilla-set cream, cookie crumb, and salted-caramel ice cream catching our eye (but the caramelised banana, macadamia, curd, and popcorn concoction was totally vying for our attention.)
Hatch & Co is a perfect fit with the venues popping up at the new Gasworks precinct in Newstead, with some of our James Street faves, like The Standard Market Co and Quench, also opening their doors. We predict big things for this space, so make tracks to Gasworks Plaza at Newstead and be one of the first to try out all they have to offer.
Image Credit: Hatch & Co
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