Summer is coming and I couldn’t be more excited for long days, balmy nights and allllll of the eating out (instead of staying in and watching Netflix, obvs). With oh so many new places popping up all over the city, I decided to start early at Hunter & Barrel, and boy, oh boy was I blown away.
Celebrating all things Australian with a focus on meat, as soon as I sat down I knew I was going to have to try just about everything. After chatting with the friendly wait staff (we needed all the help we could get) we settled for an assortment of dishes and prepared for a full on feast. Hot tip: do yourself a favour and wear your stretchiest stretchy pants.
Kicking off with the hot cheese dip (yes, really) I was in foodie heaven. Served with hot grilled flatbread that melts in your mouth, this dip is pure cheese magic. While I could have had at least four more serves all to myself, we paired it with the farmer’s sausages and a BBQ relish, which were just as delicious (if not better). It was clear these entrées were going to be hard to beat.
The venue itself is dark and moody in all the right ways, with a rustic cabin vibe. Perfect for an intimate date or large group dinner with all your best mates, they mix up barrel-aged cocktails (don’t look past the Solera Negroni), serve vino on tap and have an impressive list of wine bottles from all over Australia, as well as Italy and France.
For my main, I settled for a light pinot noir to complement the half roast chicken and lamb shoulder (yes, we ordered both). Simply roasted and charred over coal, the chicken was served with lemon myrtle and tasty AF chips, and tasted just like a comforting, home-cooked meal. In comparison, the roast lamb shoulder with minted yoghurt and more melt in your mouth flatbread, was nothing like a home-cooked meal. The lamb was soft, succulent and of the highest of quality, and you just can’t cook that kind of thing at home.
If I had room for dessert I would have ordered the gatherer’s dessert finale (aka two desserts of your choice) or all three (because why not!?). I could smell the apple pie from the kitchen and we all know chocolate walnut brownies are never a bad idea but unfortunately, I had officially reached full food coma mode.
Hunter & Barrel is the kind of place you never want to leave. Arrive with a grumbling belly and order one of everything.
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