After a big farewell the previous night, a hair of the dog cure is calling my name. Not only that, the food here is very deserving of a nice glass of wine. I go with a Manners Gewurztraminer from Mudgee ($10) and Miss Elsewheretraveller, a glass of the S.C Pannell Pinot Grigio from Adelaide Hills ($15).
The eggplant dip is incredibly smoky and the addition of dill make it's interesting, in a good way. We quickly mop it all up with the flat bread. It wouldn't do any harm to order more bread or order the Stanley St bread and butter so you have enough carbs.
I can't put my finger on the taste of the apple green nasturtium puree - a bit bitter and sweet but not overpowering. We order some boiled greens to boost the vege content but I'd suggest getting the mash.
We ask our friendly waitress to suggest a dessert. It's a toss up between the charcoal toasted meringue with ryeberries and ants ($10) or white chocolate & yoghurt mousse with kale granita and rosella ($15). I'm feeling a bit delicate so no bugs for us. The kale granita seems a bit out there but it provides a fresh contrast to the sweet mousse. The bright pink splash is a sweet rosella sauce (wild hibiscus) although I thought it was beetroot. What looks like legs is white chocolate.
The bill comes to $104 for two. Which to my partially hungover self was a little surprising at first. However given the calibre of cooking it's a price you would expect to pay.
There's two more levels above Stanley St Merchants on it's way - Uncle Sal’s House of Cards and Dominos and The East Sydney Distilling Co. Which means fickle punters will be visiting the building three times. Very clever, although probably not the intention.
What to try next time - the oysters if I ate oyster, they're huge // kangaroo (love when it's cooked right) // marshmallow with ants..., maybe.
Which restaurants do you regularly return to?
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