If meat is a preoccupation of yours then The Potato Shed is a must-visit. The menu is split (roughly) into a meat and potatoes offering – prepared in a manner of ways. You have been warned: everything comes in huge portions, so ordering to share is recommended. Take the skins and scratchings on the starter or “bite” menu. It’s a plate piled high with crispy potato skins, beef scratchings, curried braised cabbage, lime, coriander and saffron mayo all rolled into one. And it’s rich and filling. There are also twice-baked potatoes, battered bread known as Aloo Pakora, and smashed potatoes with lashings of mayo and various garnishes. There’s a very small “Daily Greens” offering that includes a selection of three salads, and “The Market” section where you can complement your main meat dish with corn or roast butternut, pap and more.
The meat menu is divided into fish, chicken, and the famous “Fire Pit” and “Embers and Ashes”. Try the pulled pork belly, which comes as a hunk of meat that covers the length of a large plate, braised for eight hours in Chinese five spice, ginger, orange, marmalade glaze, mustard soy sauce and crispy pork crackling. Another menu item to try is the Ribs 3 Ways, which you can enjoy from the fire pit – in cola and pineapple chutney basting; slow braised or from the wood burning oven in oregano, lemon and garlic.
The Red Burger is not only tasty but also totally Instagram-worthy – it’s a 200gram pure beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, house gherkins and mustard sauce then sandwiched between two red brioche buns.
If you still have space for dessert, the blow-torched meringue with chocolate ice cream and confit oranges sounds tempting, as do the fried dumplings (loukamades) with a choice of honey and cinnamon or chocolate dipping sauce.
A wide selection of wine, champagne, locally sourced craft beers, ciders, local gins and speciality tonic water as well as cocktails on tap make up an impressive bar menu.
Despite the fact that the staff aren’t completely trained about the source of the meat nor are able to offer more details about ingredients, they seem willing to find out and report back.
Despite the volume and size of the space, it still maintains a warm and cosy atmosphere with its woody textures and steel and copper details and finishes. Originally a potato shed in the early 1900s, the newly refurbished restaurant and brewery, is the project of owners and long-time restaurateurs Maira and John Koutsoudakis of Life Group of Companies. Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, the atmosphere oozes casual intimacy. It also makes a great dinner party or birthday celebration venue.
Try the beer tasting, which includes four beer samples served on a paddle.
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