Hartsyard

Hartsyard Manhattan Bacon-infused Jack Daniel’s, sweet vermouth, bitters, maple syrup ($18)

Hartsyard Manhattan – Bacon-infused Jack Daniel’s, sweet vermouth, bitters, maple syrup ($18)

Oyster Po’ Boy - English muffin, Old Bay mayo, coleslaw ($20)
Oyster Po’ Boy – English muffin, Old Bay mayo, coleslaw ($20): For me the highlight of this dish was the muffin which was super light and fluffy and makes you never want to buy another bag from Tip Top again. The Mongolian would like there to be another oyster in there, or for that one oyster to be a giant oyster.
Crispy Pig Tails - Buttermilk dressing, pickles, hot sauce ($21)
Crispy Pig Tails – Buttermilk dressing, pickles, hot sauce ($21): It doesn’t look like a squiggly pig’s tail but it was super dense, rich and porky flavoured. They paired well with the pickles which was super sour and helped to clean the palate.
Fried Chicken - Buttermilk biscuit, low country sausage gravy ($32)
Fried Chicken – Buttermilk biscuit, low country sausage gravy ($32): I think this is the dish that drew me here. One because I friggin love fried chicken and two just look at it – isn’t it just the epitome of foodporn? But to be honest, both the Mongolian and I were disappointed. It had a great crunch and the chicken was tender, but it was just very bland. The meat wasn’t seasoned and nor was the batter, and there seemed to be a lot of batter. The Mongolian also can’t understand why for the love of God did they used chicken breast, it’s so dry in nature. That biscuit also did no favours for the dish, it was just super dense and feels like gets stuck on the way down. For a heavy dish like fried chicken, I could really do with something tangy, like more pickles lol.
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Hartsyard soft serve – white choclate, dolce de leche and cookies: it was surprisingly not very creamy, which made it delightful end to the meal.

Overall I thought Hartsyard was not bad. Apart from the chicken being a real let down (and it was the sole draw card for us), I enjoyed the other dishes and I would go on another occasion to sample what else they have on offer, particularly the pulled pork and poutine. I think the Mongolian is less keen though – he had such high expectations for the fried chicken and for that to be shattered, he’s lost all hope in the establishment. He also wasn’t as taken by the other dishes as me, so he has the same sentiment for Hartsyard as for Cho Cho San – it all sounds and looks amazing, but it tastes pretty lackluster.

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