The Village is a lovely restaurant tucked away at the beginning of Kellet Way in bustling Potts Point . Behind the facade of the courtyard's greenery you'd never know such a light, spacious, and modern restaurant existed. Potts Points best kept secret? Perhaps, but not for long.
My sister and I are here to try the "Ladies Lunch" menu on offer each Saturday. It's a great chance for a catch up and gossip over what turns out to be a lovely meal...and it's a great change for me to bust out of my Lite n Easy diet (tres yawn)!
Our lunch starts with a platter of beautiful mixed olives that are marinated with star anise giving them a lovely, but very subtle licorice flavour. The olives are accompanied by a generous sized bowl of mixed nuts that I try not to eat too much of as we've still got entrees, mains AND dessert to conquer.
Next up is a shared plate with: salt and pepper calamari with Parmesan aioli; a little jar of Sweet corn and basil cappuccino with tempura cauliflower (that my sister and I take turns in sipping from); a zesty salad of rocket pear and Parmesan with lemon oregano vinaigrette; and two bite sized butter nut pumpkin arancini w buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. This a very generously sized platter and perfect for sharing.
With mains we get a choice of seared fillet of Huon salmon with marinated fetta, rocket and Parmesan salad or crispy skinned confit chicken with warm potato and shallot salad w red wine jus. My sister agree to get both and swap half way though our meals so that we get to try both options on offer. How's that for team work?
The salmon is well cooked, not too under and not too over...it's just right (Goldilocks would approve) and the skin is nice and crispy...though I would've liked it to be even MORE crispy (like, the salmon skin should be channeling it's inner pork crackling if you get my drift). The confit chicken is lovely and moist, again with a crispy skin. When I explain to my sister what confit actually is she agrees it's not exactly diet food...which is what makes it so tasty.
We're feeling very full by the time the dessert platter arrives, but it's too tempting to ignore. A little bit of everything is my favourite way to dine, less food envy that way!
The Village is at 1 Kellett Way, Potts Point. Phone them on 8084 6057.