Tucked away in North Turramurra, The Cook’s Garden is a neighbourhood gem like no other. Everything you’ve ever wanted your local go-to to be, this quiet bistro slash bar has a quaint English look and feel, that’s perfect for the winter.
When I first stepped into The Cook’s Garden I knew I was in for a treat. As a Darlinghurst local, I rarely get to fill my belly with delicious things OTB (#sorrynotsorry) so it was refreshing to go to a restaurant with a different vibe aaaaaaand taste my way through a side of the Sydney food scene I know I should venture to more (at least I’m honest, right guys?).
Tucking into the hot bread with olive oil and dukkah, I perused the menu and settled on the the oh-so homely soup of the day for a lil’ taste of warming comfort. With an impressive seasonal menu, that changes monthly, the soup was as fresh and as tasty as you would expect.
For the main, I opted for the slow braised lamb shank and vegetable pie for allllll of the winter feels. Served with the bone, the meat melts in your mouth and works perfectly with the accompanying mint mushie peas and parsnip purée.
Not one to shy away from sharing, I dug into my friend’s weighty beef tenderloin and can safely say it was cooked to perfection. Paired with smoked potato purée, duck fat roasted carrot (yes, really) and salsa verde, it was obvious the chef here knows how to nail the basics.
Which is exactly why I just couldn’t look past two of my all time favourite desserts, the chocolate fondant and rhubarb crumble (drool). It was a tough choice between the gloriously slow poached quince and rhubarb crumble, served in a skillet with strawberry wafers, strawberry jam and ice cream, or the Callebaut dark chocolate fondant with peanut butter ice cream and peanut brittle, so I ordered both (obvs) and I strongly suggest you do the same.
Casual yet smart in all the right ways, The Cook’s Garden is the kind of place you take your whole fam (even the olds) for the next birthday dinner, or head to with bae for a low-key (and delicious) mid-week date night. Did we mention they put on an epic Sunday roast? So basically, you can head there any day or night that you please and you’ll be well and truly #sorted with one damn happy belly.
Image credit: Carla Dibbs
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