[invite] Bianca: Stumbling across The Silly Tart Kitchen is a little like wandering through the dessert and seeing a lake mirage. In one of the Cross’s more notorious streets, Kellett street and with some rather colourful neighbours. The Silly Tart is super kitsch and a bit of a rare find in Sydney, it’s one of those places you stumble across and almost want to keep for yourself.
Owners Josh (chef) and Nina (front of house) run a pretty impressive ship. Ticking all the boxes, from the food to the service and ambience. Even
With a bar in the outdoor courtyard, how could we turn down a cocktail at 10:30 am! They also do an impressive bottomless brunch for $65pp. We started with an Aperol Spritz $16 and for me, a Vodka Blueberry Fizz.
The menu is short and concise but what they may lack in variety more than make up in the flavour stakes. I can honestly say it’s been a while since I’ve been blown away by a good cafe meal.
Fried Corn Fritters -w/ house cured bacon, avocado, relish & a 12 hour baked tomato $18. These to me were textbook perfect, I tend to prefer more of battery/blended fritter opposed to chunks of veggies. Wafer thin slices of crispy bacon the perfect accompaniment. I quite enjoyed the subtle notes of the turmeric & lemonade dressing.
And one that turns heads when it hits the table. The 3 Cheese Sandwich -w/ homemade tomato relish $18. I was a little puzzled when I saw it but once you break through the melted cheese crown you’ll be rewarded with an oozing delicious sandwich. Presentation wise it’s interesting and maybe a little OTT but I guarantee you probably haven’t seen a humble toastie that looks like this!
This was on an old menu but being brought back due to popularity. Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder Lasagne. The layering of the pasta sheets was really interesting, the pork was incredibly tender and easily broke apart and a well-developed sauce.
But perhaps the dish to travel for… The Salt & Vinegar Potato Scallops -w/ garlic aioli $12. I can say, hand on heart. Best potatoes in Sydney! Thrice cooked and dangerously moreish.
I did spot pancakes on an old menu but alas, not to be. So I inquired about some sweeties. A perusal of their social media tells me they do generally have a wider selection. But on our visit they only had 3 cookies available.
Quite a good rendition of a Greek kourabiedes (Almond shortbread) made by owner Josh’s mum. And a Ginger & Cherry cookie. The texture was maybe a little too soft for my tastes and I’ve been incredibly spoilt by Sonia at @dessertoya in Peakhurst Heights.
But, still a very very strong recommendation!!!
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of The Silly Tart.