I’ve been wanting to try THE BACH EATERY for ages! For some reason I haven’t really hung out in Newtown in a while… Luckily Hamilton does hang out in Newtown a fair bit, so it made sense to catch up with him over dinner there.
They definitely win the award for most colourful and exciting tablecloths. In fact, the whole place has quite a relaxed, fun approach. A ‘bach’ is actually a seaside holiday home in New Zealand, where the owners are from. You get just that kind of vibe. The furniture is a bit mismatched and they they serve up some great, homely meals – at really reasonable prices, too!
We started with the Thirlmere chicken liver pate with beetroot relish ($19) because it’s a bit of a thing whenever Hamilton and I hang out. If there’s chicken liver pate or parfait on the menu, we get it. This was a very decent sized portion and we loved that they offered to get us more bread when we ran out. The beetroot relish was okay – a bit too tangy for my liking.
The mains don’t push any boundaries, but they are just solid and good. I had the Pappardelle with wild mushrom ragout & slow cooked egg ($24). If you’re a fan of creamy pasta, this one is definitely for you. The slow cooked egg just adds to that creaminess and I was reminded of a carbonara pasta. If you’re not a big eater, like me, you’ll find that the dish is a bit heavy towards the end and I couldn’t finish it unfortunately.
Hamilton had the 12 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder with brussel sprouts & carrots ($25). He was very satisfied with this dish! The lamb shoulder in a cube was a really cute way of presenting the dish. This was the perfect, hearty meal for a rainy winter’s day. We also shared the Kipflers & kumara with fried chili, garlic & rosemary ($9) (minus the chili as I’m a bit sensitive to that stuff). Can’t fault this side either, plus the portion size was very generous.
In the end, we decided to wander up to GELATO MESSINA for dessert instead, but we left THE BACH EATERY very satisfied and happy. I envy those of you who live in the area and can visit anytime – it’s really your perfect, friendly neighbourhood restaurant.
THE BACH EATERY
399 KING STREET