Sydney, meet your new Friday lunch spot in the heart of the Eastern Suburbs.If you’re looking to take advantage of the summer weather and have a great value delicious lunch in Darlinghurst, look no further than Eliza Food and Wine. With it’s huge windows wide open onto the street and the stylish yet minimal interiors, Eliza has a very welcoming and comfortable ambience. Located just opposite Gelato Messina (hello, second dessert!) on Victoria Street, Eliza has been serving fresh contemporrary dishes for just under a year.
Headed by chef Jeremy Bentley, owner and operator of hatted restaurant The Devonshire in Surry Hills for 7 years, the menu has a strong emphasis on approachable and simple food. They have a Friday Prix Fixe menu – a three course seasonal menu for just $39, every Friday from 12-3pm which is a great way to sample the dishes and maybe even a glass of vino or two.
To start, try the salt fish brandade with smoked tomato and pickled onions ($9). The crispy potato, salted fish and fresh tomato pair beautifully as a tasty snack to whet your appetite. Alternatively, you could sample the duck liver parfait with macadamia and brioche ($12) or the Roast beetroot rilettes with fennel and apple ($8).
Moving to the next course, it’s hard to go past the lightly cured and roast trout with mandarin, pine nut, wild rice and chive ($36). The trout is cooked beautifully and the sweet orange with the crunch of the puffed rice and nuts gives the dish a delightful texture. If you’re feeling more carnivorous, you could check out the 12 hour wagu bavette with parmesan gnocchi and cauliflower ($40) or for our vego friends they have a beautiful eggplant parmagiana with smoked tomato and goat curd ($22).
Not to worry if you can’t make the lunch offer as they also do Eliza’s hour which runs from Wed-Sat, 5pm to 6.30pm, with $10 signature cocktails, $8 house wine and $5 tap beer, served alongside the new Spring snack menu.
They have an uncomplicated wine list with a mix of both local and international wines starting from $12 a glass and $50 a bottle.
So next time you’re looking to enjoy the summer breeze while dining on wholesome tasty food in Darlinghurst, give Eliza a try!
Eliza Food + Wine
247 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst 2010
Closed Mon & Tue
Wed & Thu 5pm-late