Seasonal fresh food
Already famous for his fresh, seasonal approach at Kitchen by Mike, Mike McEnearney has taken the concept upmarket at No.1 Bent Street by Mike. I’m excited to try it out. There’s a hint of the old canteen style in the long communal tables, but now in a bright modern room, with a good wine list and great table service. It’s still produce driven, with the menu changing twice a week based on the best produce available.
So the only sensible option is to order the “Menu by Mike” and let the experts decide what to feed us. I order a nice Clare Valley riesling which is a great match for the first two share dishes. Out comes a rich chicken liver pate with four spices salt, and then a scallop baked in bacon, garlic and thyme, a strong flavour but fortunately not overpowering the scallop.
Vegetables and Seafood
Next we are treated to some delicious vegetables. The sliced ash baked eggplant is piled with green tahini, freekah, saffron and shiny little delicious pomegranate seeds. I love my beets, and the combination here with lentils, feta and balsamic is lip-smackingly good. And to top it off, we have a tasty classic squid with chorizo and white beans, cooked to perfection.
The “main” main.
I might’ve thought that was a complete meal but I would be wrong! Mike is also serving us up a beautifully spit roasted chicken, with a roasted vegetable vinaigrette, a moist tasty roast as cooked by no-one in my family ever. A simple colourful leaf salad is the perfect accompaniment. I’ve also got a lovely Victorian pinot noir on the go by now, which is suiting the roast very well.
Now here’s a winter warmer – watching the salted butter slowly melt into the marmalade pudding, and then eating the combined result. Rich, moreish and old school, the marmalade gives it just enough tartness. It’s pure comfort food and I’d better head home soon as this is going to put me soundly to sleep.
Have you checked out No.1 Bent Street by Mike yet, is it to your liking?
Best bits: The beet salad, and the chorizo squid
Worst bits: My home roasted chicken will never live up to this
Where am I?:
No.1 Bent Street by Mike, 1 Bent St, Sydney, Australia.