Small Bites: Asparagus salad & The Byrneleigh | Nedlands
Asparagus & green bean salad
A light homemade salad of grilled asparagus, poached green beans, goats milk cheese, sliced red onions, baby beetroot leaves, & dressed with chervil crème fraiche, aged sherry vinegar, salt, pepper & beautiful Jingilli extra virgin olive oil (otherwise known as EVOO).
I’m not sufficiently inspired enough by its food or interiors to warrant a full post on The Byrneleigh, a very new restaurant on Hampden Road in Nedlands. I have also ended up with dark shadowy photographs of food in the dimly lit interior. It was a big dinner table of about 14 family & friends, so the dining company was lively. Modern Australian cuisine on the menu. Pork belly with scallops, again. Underseasoned scallops. Thankfully the pork crackling was thick & crunchy. Tender aged beef sirloin cooked medium rare to order with tomato tartare & béarnaise sauce, but its presentation was lacklustre. I wasn’t going to show any food images for this brief restaurant review, but have decided to include the sirloin as a visual demonstration, which was served on the same slab of dark grey stone/plate that I’ve seen in a number of restaurants around town lately. Looks like all the chefs shop at the same commercial kitchen equipment outlet.
Disappointing dessert of Turkish Delight crème brulee with saffron floss. I liked the floss though.
It seemed that the interior designers were trying too hard by including many design clichés. The end result was eclectic, but not that quirky, whimsical Kitsch manner. There was the stacked flower pots in a steel grid wall; different feature wallpaper here, there & every where; slatted timber ceiling; fake green grass in the courtyard; the ubiquitous loose furniture seen in so many other eateries; sparkly feature light pendants. Good luck finding the door to the toilets, concealed in another wallpapered wall. I did, however, like the side dining area adjacent to the alleyway. Booth seating with large round circular windows & timber cladding made this area feel more intimate.
Overall, it just was not working for me. Likewise for a couple of other people I have since spoken to about it. Very mixed reviews on Urbanspoon. 1 flower pot out of 5