We Love a Silly Tart in the Cross!
As a Sydney boy through and through, in my twenties I spent a lot of time in some of the city fringes infamous night spots. On any given weekend, you could have found me in Darlinghurst at an Oxford Street Club or bar, Paddington or Kings Cross. Over the years, Sydney’s lockout laws have caused several Sydney clubs to close their doors and areas often rowdy such as Kings Cross have settled, making way for stylish new restaurants and bars.
Nestled on Kellett Street in Kings Cross, a street away from the infamous strip is a charming new eatery called the Silly Tart Kitchen. Featuring a lush outdoor garden along with lovely indoor dining areas, the restaurant is owned and run by two hip Sydneysiders Josh and Nina. Sharing a love for good food, great wine and live entertainment the charismatic venue was created.
Sydney Chic editor Deb Carr and I decided to check out the restaurant on a Friday night to sample its always changing Supper Menu. On arrival to the Silly Tart, we were greeted with live jazz background music which added a refined atmosphere to the picturesque garden setting which almost had a Parisian vibe. The menu consisted of a selection of well-priced Tapas dishes, and we decided to try the:
Organic black olives $2: prepared and marinated in-house by the team
Asparagus & Breseola $2: asparagus stems wrapped in aged, salted beef
Smoked Pork Sliders $5: prepared using house smoked, pulled pork served on a mini bun with house-made tomato and chilli sauce
Butter Milk Fried Chicken Taco $5: lightly battered, buttermilk fried chicken served in a soft taco with cooked onion, chives, and a spicy mayo sauce
Cheese Plate $12: included three local kinds of cheese with fried bread, toasted bread, strawberries and house made chilli jam
Our selection of dishes were the perfect amount of food between two which came to a grand total of $40. As you can see the pricing is incredibly reasonable, and the quality of ingredients and portion sizes were generous. We paired each dish with wines from the exceptional list which has been curated by the Silly Tart team. We went with the Cooks Lot Pinot Gris, a sparkling Riesling and a gorgeous red blend, the Pankhurst Cabernet Merlot from Old Woodgrove just outside of Canberra NSW. What I enjoyed about the silly tart apart from its delicious menu and the boutique wine list was the level of service – the team are friendly and attentive and give the restaurant an approachable and relaxed vibe. The laid-back and casual approach is also shared by the restaurant's patrons who enjoy a drink, a bite to eat and take in the ambiance of the venue.
A popular event on the Silly Tart calendar is brunch, and the ‘Twisted Country Brunch’ menu remains unchanged since the restaurant opened its doors. While I’ve not sampled it, I did take a glance and the dishes like the B&E roll made using house cured, free-range bacon and spiced tomato relish had me salivating, along with the Mother’s Pikelets with Pepe Saya mascarpone, lemon curd, burnt pineapple, and pepper had me intrigued.
The Silly Tart Kitchen is open Tuesday – Thursday for Breakfast and Lunch and Friday to Sunday for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Be sure to stop by for a relaxed weekend brunch or an after work Friday drink and bite.
The eye-catching venue can also be utilised for private events with a custom designed canape menu.
The Silly Tart Kitchen
1 Kellett Street
Kings Cross Sydney NSW 1340
For more information or to book, visit The Silly Tart website.