HARTSYARD
Sydney, New South Wales

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On the Newtown end of Enmore Road, Hartsyard is a 'seed and feed' restaurant that combines an eat-in bar and an elegant 36-seater restaurant. The kitchen offers a produce-driven menu that takes inspiration from American comfort food, turning out some of the best fried chicken in the inner-west. It's not all deep-fried dude food though, there are some refined offerings, too. Don't leave without dessert - hot fudge Sundays are a thing here.
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General info

Address:

33 Enmore Road
Newtown NSW 2042

Suburb:

Newtown

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Cuisine:

American, Modern Australian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Newtown is at a half-way stage of the gentrification process. Stores that sell second hand books and eclectic knick-knacks now neighbour hipster cafes and bars. With a beauty salon on one side and an adult costume shop on the other, Hartsyard is the perfect fit. The restaurant is run by husband and wife team Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart, who met at a restaurant in New York. Llewellyn was the chef, and Hart the hostess, and they've maintained this set-up at Hartsyard.

Inspired by the couple's early years spent living in the countryside, decor is a seemingly effortless blend of urban grunge and barnyard chic, evoked by recycled wood, shelves made of iron plumbing pipes and frayed tea cloths used as napkins. The marble topped bar is a focal point of the intimate space, moodily lit by single, caged lightbulbs.

Hart is from Sydney, but runs front of house with an air of charming, homely hospitality that is echoed by all waitstaff. In fact, we think this is some of the best service Sydney has seen in a long time. The country vibe continues through the menu, with dishes broken into ‘seed' for entree and ‘feed' for mains, all designed to share. Everything is made in house, from breads and pastries to syrups used for ginger beer and creaming soda (the non-pink, authentic American kind). The wine list is updated seasonally, always from artisan, biodynamic, organic sources. Ale and cider is from The Rocks Brewing Co, and if you're feeling adventurous, bacon-infused Jack Daniels features on the cocktail list. New York born ex-Wildfire chef Llewellyn champions seasonal cooking, and has a knack for elevating Americana classics with newfangled flare and technique. So, deep fried chicken is cold smoked, and beef short ribs come with bone marrow and kimchi. Though Llewellyn wears a baseball cap in the kitchen, there are more outwardly elegant dishes that differentiate Hartsyard from the ‘dude-food' bandwagon. A notable dish is the pecorino tartufo fondue, boasting the consistency of pouring cream, paired with a tangy raw salad of mushrooms, artichoke and celery with crisp cavolo nero and a brushstroke of buttery parmesan custard.

Saving room for dessert is imperative, as you can't leave without trying the infamous peanut butter and banana sundae, with pretzel ice cream, banana doughnuts and salted fudge - your days worth of calories in a retro glass bowl, complete with cherry on top. It's that old meets new that Hartsyard does so well, and it is so very Newtown.
Hannah Mars

Specials & Events

This restaurant has not scheduled any event.

Functions

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Features

Award Winning / Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
AWARDS
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2015
One Chef Hat

Reviews

CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Paul Cooper on 26/08/2014
Late night dining: Late night dining is a bit of a luxury for me. On a busy night at Bishop Sessa, we will usually sit around after service as a team, and eat some food, we all take turns cooking our late night 'dinner'. If I am fortunate enough to be able to get out for dinner, Hartsyard or Nomad are the places we usually go to for a late night meal.
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