Spring has sprung and ’tis the season for barbecuing at One Penny Red.
Summer Hill’s One Penny Red is well known and adored for its comforting menu, drawing on what is both seasonal and locally grown. With the start of a new season, the team has recently announced the launch of an exciting limited edition “Trust The Yoder” menu. The quirky menu name comes from the Yoder smoker, an implement imported straight from the US BBQ capital, Kansas. Available for the rest of September, head in to try five courses of delicately smoked, grilled or roasted dishes straight from the Yoder smoker.
Head chef RJ Lines has curated a menu that takes the best native Australian produce and combines the right level of smokiness to give us a delicious selection of dishes. Upon our recent visit, he told us each course subtly features an earthy smokiness designed to compliment rather than overpower your tastebuds. The smoker works a charm when it comes to wood-roasting and grilling too.
Sommelier David Murphy has created a pairing menu which is just as impressive. With his nomination for the Gault & Millau Professional Service awards, you’re in safe hands.
The menu starts off with sardines and rye crisp bread, tomato and smoked garlic cream; a perfect mouthful. The alternative is the beef pastrami with pepper berry, celeriac and eschallot. The meat is soft and lightly smoked, tempting and preparing your taste buds for what’s coming next.
To follow is a Clarence River king prawn with smoked tarragon butter and grilled Coorong sea blite. It’s a little difficult to eat, unless you don’t mind picking it up with your fingers. With that in mind, the prawn is cooked well and all that delicious butter can’t be missed by the means of cutlery, so you’ve got two great reasons to pick up that prawn and mop up all the mouthwatering juices.
The mains are outstanding, starting with the Gooralie pasture-raised pork neck with morcilla and fermented cabbage, glazed in a mouth-watering tamarind caramel. The wine pairing with this course is a very interesting drop from Ochota Barrels Botanicals of the basket range, 2017.
This was a standout favourite course and definitely would make for a very good reason for returning! That tamarind caramel was just so good.
The next course of the plum and molasses grass-fed beef short rib served with kale and kolrabi is also a very delicious main. The soft, melt-in-your-mouth meat comes hidden under a well seasoned, spring salad and was also a very good, flavoursome main.
To finish, a smooth smoked ricotta, blood orange and chocolate tartlet topped with a rye whiskey ice cream. This was paired with a glass of 2008 Sorelle Palazzi Riserva Vin Santo, making for the perfect way to end the meal.
One Penny Red is situated in an old post office and named in honour of the British postage stamp issued in 1841. The interior décor has a finessed art-deco feel and it makes for the perfect spot for a long lunch. The ‘Trust the Yoder’ menu is only available throughout September, so be sure to get in quick.
Price: $65 per person | $110 with matched wine
One Penny Red
2 Moonbie St, Summer Hill 2130
Open Lunch: Wednesday – Sunday from 12:00pm Dinner: Monday – Saturday from 6:00pm