Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Banjo Patterson Cottage, Gladesville


I found an absolute gem when I dined at Banjo Patterson Cottage in Gladesville. Whether you're a historical/literacy buff or a foodie, you will fall in love with the high quality experience at Banjo Patterson Cottage.  The restaurant is where Banjo Patterson grew up and it's quite a pleasure. It's just a classic, white table cloth restaurant with riverside views.  

I normally don't take note of the bread at the restaurant but I absolutely loved the pumpkin sour dough (below, complimentary). 


For entree, my dining companion had the soup of the day which was potato and leek (above, $16) which was poured around a small piece of butter. The butter melted into the silky smooth soup and added that extra edge on the flavour. I also tried the scallops ($23.50, below). There were two scallops but quite big scallops on a bed of mashed peas and pancetta with a light fennel salsa. The scallops were perfectly cooked and were so tasty in their natural form without being tampered by any heavy sauces. I'd certainly recommend the scallops.


For mains ($38.50, top photo) was the Seared Kangaroo on a bed of spinach and mushrooms. On the menu, it was meant to come with roast pumpkin but there was none. Regardless, the kangaroo was perfectly cooked, moist, lean and delicious. I also ordered the braised lamb shoulder ($38.50, below) with wilted spinach, oyster mushrooms and potato and horse radish cream. The lamb was well cooked at medium rare and was layered into a small ball. What a pleasure to eat. I'd recommend both dishes.

Both mains were homely and so well executed. Delicious, absolutely delicious.

For dessert, I shared the hazelnut nougat ice crea terrine with creme anglaise and raspberry coulis (below, $16.80). A nice sugary way to end the meal. I loved it.

The whole experience is lovely. It's not quite the most modern restaurant but you'll enjoy the historical trip back into food heaven. Be sure to book as they are often booked out. It's also in the entertainment book where you can get one main for free when another is purchased. I will definitely come back.

Prices: $80-100 per person

Location: End of Punt St, Gladesville, 


Summary: Lisa's Rating: 
Food: 9/10 for posh dining
Customer Service: 7/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Value: 7/10





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