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“Innovative meets the familiar”
Review of Hartsyard

Ranked #378 of 6,846 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Newtown
Description: Hartsyard is owned and operated by husband/wife team Gregory Llewellyn, a native New Yorker, and Naomi Hart, a Sydney local. They first met on the Upper East Side in early 2007. Theirs is a typical New York hospitality story. He was the chef. She was the hostess. Fast forward 5 years to 2012 and, with the help of architect/designer friend Ashley Couch, Gregory’s restaurant dream was realised. That dream was Hartsyard. True to their history, the kitchen remained Gregory’s domain, while Naomi ran Front of House. These days those duties are juggled with the needs of raising three small children (Quinn, Edie and Kit) and their other ‘child’, a bar further up Enmore road called The Gretz. Yet the focus at Hartsyard remains: Cooking with heart, from nose-to-tail and leaf-to-root. Sydney diners have welcomed Gregory’s fresh approach to the dishes of his homeland, balanced with a reverence for the humble vegetable.
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Dinner for 4 on a Sunday night. Lovely cocktails - especially the bourbon, maple and bacon concoction.

Everything is to share and with the intensity of flavours, and the generous portion sizes, that is a good thing.

Starters were all delicious, probably the standout for me was the artichoke. The chicken skin was an example of why the sharing entree is a great move - beyond delicious but a plateful would be potentially fatal. Carrot was great and the beef tartare would convince even a vegan that raw meat is great.

They bring the dishes out one at a time generally, which makes the experience like a self-direct degustation.

For mains we shared the fried chicken (tremendous), the pulled pork (great), the lamb ribs (good) and the beetroot (another stand-out).

Felt it only fair to share some desserts - the ice cream cone special (OK) and the custard and honeycomb thingy (brilliant).

Cost $460 for 4 with tip and drinks (4 cocktails, a bottle of wine and one beer).

Thank SandDragon
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Ate here last night with my wife and brother in law.

So the idea of this place is that you share everything......except drinks!

The menu is small but in a good way! We ordered 5 dishes between the 3 of us. The food is outstanding! A great idea. Cheaper cuts of meat are used in some dishes but are cooked to perfection I cannot praise the food enough! If you are a foodie you have to try this place!

Drinks are ok cocktails are very expensive and you only get a small amount. Waiting staff were ok, very attentive but definitely not the friendliest!

If you can park that tho as I said the food certainly makes up for it

Thank Phillyandlals
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We arrived half an hour late for our booking due to a flat tyre on the way to Sydney. It was a busy Friday night but the host as lovely and still seated us at our reserved table. Food, drinks and service was great. I had wanted to try this restaurant for quite some time and it did not disappoint. The only suggestion I could make is the implementation of sound boards or soft furnishing to absorb the sound as it was quite noisy and it seemed to echo against all of the hard surfaces.

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Thank Blake11111
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

Complete walk-ups after long-term interest in the Hartsyard establishment and all too-often playing the passers-by. A busy Friday night somehow allowed us a small corner at the bar where our neighbours soon vacated. Despite the bar so tightly packed close to the door, you're still somewhat sheltered from the cold breeze that's expected. Bar staff know their product well. Good advice and recommendations on craft beers and their wine list was well received.

Hartsyard is the first place I have ever dined where I have been recommended to reduce the order, even when ordering conservatively - my physical capabilities are rarely unmatched to my enthusiasm. Upon this advice, we kept our order at two seeds and one feed. There's a big focus on protein so we obliged. School Prawns. Lamb Tartare. Fried chicken. No let downs here on either fronts. School prawns crisp and delicious, dipped in a mildly-tart, whipped yoghurt foam. Lamb tartare relatively light alongside a cumin based harissa, broken down with marscapone. Fried chicken sports a moderate layer of crisp batter. The chicken is tender, juicy and incredibly tasty. Buttermilk biscuit and 'low country' gravy anything but low, and incredibly moreish. Despite desires we really couldn't fit dessert, however there will always be room for return visits.

The service is spectacular. Staff have real personality and a genuine warmth. The drinks menus aren't over the top, yet offer a significant range to those who visit. Quality portions alongside quality food. I'll be back for more.

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Thank trufflepigsarah
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

We have been to Hartsyard quite a few times and the food is always good, for example the signature ribs. The service also is friendly and competent. The main problem is the noise level. It's a small room and the front section is a bar. Of course, the restaurant staff can't control people shouting at the tops of their voices, which is common in Sydney. But they could at least turn off the loud background music, which they won't do even if you politely request them to.
Quite a few people dining there look as though they would like to hold a conversation with each other, but it's nigh on impossible to do so.
The problem has been getting worse and we have decided not to go back.

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