Who wants a great local mid-week dinner?
I’m always keen for a mid-week dinner with friends, somewhere local and lovely, to break up the week. Even better if it is a local, sustainable, hatted restaurant!. And it doesn’t get much better than Three Blue Ducks, just 10 minutes down the coast from me. Probably most famous for their brunch, they’re very popular with the locals for dinner as well.
There’s a few unusual features to the restaurant. It’s actually in two rooms with an alleyway running between. One side is mainly bar stools around higher tables (my pet hate), and warm in winter; the other side is normal height seating but a bit chilly as the door opens and closes a lot. We opted for chilly and kept the jackets on.
Not wanting too big a dinner, we opt to share all the entrees, just because we can. It’s worth noting that Wednesday is also $10 cocktail night – yay! I stay with a delicious rum and chilli cocktail for the duration.
The cured kingfish salad is a delight, rich kingfish with some bite from the pickles and the greenery. I may have mentioned already that I can’t go past beetroot and goats cheese, and here the pickled carrot and crunchy grain crumble supported it well. And if I’m going to eat something rich with fat, I may as well double down on chicken liver parfait on duck fat toast. Thats right – duck fat toast!.
Round two of the share plates
After a decent break to digest all that goodness and get another cocktail, the grilled king prawns with kaffir lime butter is a light and refreshing dish. The final share plate is the winter warmer we’d been waiting for, free range buttermilk fried chicken with hot sauce. It’s beautifully deep fried with the crispiest outer and moistest chicken inside. The hot sauce is on the side so you can add as little or as much as you want, and I wanted lots of that hot sauce.
The sweet stuff
We hadn’t planned too (honest!) but in the end we can’t resist the desserts. Cinnamon doughnuts with dolce de leche are as decadent as you might think, but a little bit too salty for our liking. The deconstructed cheesecake, with a light mascarpone cheesecake filling sitting on top of rhubarb, and the crunchy cardamon shortbread and pistachios crunch on top, was a surprisingly light treat.
What’s your favourite local for a mid week break?
Best bits: The fried chicken with hot sauce, the $10 cocktails
Worst bits: the choice between sitting on a bar stool all night, or sitting in the cold area.
Where am I? 143 Macpherson St, Bronte, NSW 2024. www.threeblueducks.com