One thing I love about Sydney is the way it’s made up of what I think of as lots of little villages…
One of my favourites is Surry Hills, where restaurants and coffee shops jostle for attention beside gourmet grocers, boutique home wares and second hand clothing, just to name some of what you might find if you spent a lazy Saturday wandering the length of Crown Street.
I headed to Surry Hills this weekend, to check out the newest offering in the area, Rainford Street Social. The location being the same spot previously occupied by Bird Cow Fish, and headed up by the team that run Toko and Tokonoma a few doors down, was enough to lure me in, and I am pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Like the staff the décor is warm and cosy, exuding a farmhouse kitchen feel, one that you might find in any European countryside, with mismatched wooden chairs, willow pattern plates and shiny pots hanging overhead in the bar and kitchen area. For me it was love at first sight!
Being the first customer of the day, I decided to sit in the front lounge area where the sun was pouring in through the glass.
The plan is to open for breakfast in the future, but in the meantime they are offering a delicious range of baked goodies, made fresh on site each morning – I arrived just in time to see the Chorizo roll coming out of the oven, a light flaky pastry enclosed a mildly spicy sausage, with a perfectly matched, ever so sweet Bois Boudran (a combination of chutney and tomato sauce). It really hit the spot.
I followed this up with coffee and chocolate banana bread, one of the best I have ever tasted, soft yet heavy, not too sweet, just the way it should be…served warm, a definite must for the banana bread aficionados!
And because I couldn’t resist, I took with me a slice of the sultana bread which was rich and chewy, a cross between cake and biscotti – delish!
The menu is small but has a great variety, and there’s a specials board as well, which changes often. I get the feeling that that there will be more to come as the restaurant evolves.
It’s rustic, comforting food, that brings to mind the kind of things I used to see as a child in my grandmother’s cookbooks.