If you are going to a barbie, chances are you want a red blooded Australian manning the grill. For some reason, fire + meat equals a testosterone fest, turning metro sexual males into a Neanderthal loving fire starters. If your precious Sunday is about hangover recovery or simply craving the ultimate comfort food then you can’t beat the good ole Sunday Roast.
Sorry Aussies, but we’re coming from a land that has endured a thousand winters of sub zero temperatures, spent a lifetime holed up indoors, enjoy weekend rituals dedicated to perfecting ‘tatties’ and guard Yorkshire pudding recipes more closely than an AFL trophy. If anyone is going to cook you the best darn Sunday roast you’ve ever had, it’s a POM. Please stand up Paul Gaspa and take your bow!
Bistro 80 at The Star might not be the first place you would look to for your roast, but it should be now. Put your weekend paper (ipad) down and head over to the Star which is cracking out wicked chicken, lamb or beef Sunday roasts during the CRAVE festival.
Heaving plates arrive, steaming. It’s an edible landscape of perfectly cooked succulent meats, crunchy walnuts, sweet brussels sprouts, perky yorkie puds all fluffy as they should be (just how does he do that?), glazed carrots and hidden stash of cabbage and speck with a gravy so delicious you’ll lick the plate in wild abandonment.
Choose a Savvy Bee Sauvignon or a Bossabarossa Shiraz. Just when you think the end is near, toffee pudding with a brandy snap topnotch arrives. Cheese luvvas will devour Fire Engine Red, Holy Goat, Tassie Pynegana Cheddar and Charleston Woodside Brie.
Comfort food it is, although you may find belts tighten a wee bit on exit. A waddle around The Star is best way to walk off your royal roast. At only $55, it doesn’t cost a king’s ransom but you might feel a strange affinity with Henry the Eighth afterwards.
Bistro 80, The Star, level 2, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Sunday Lunchtimes during CRAVE October 2012
For all the updates live during CRAVE at The Star see Daily Addict’s Twitter & Instagram page