Monday, 9 September 2013

Hatch & Co.

September is a fabulous month in Brisbane.  The weather is warming up, the birds are singing, the flowers blooming and the festivals are flourishing!   Mr Pickings and I had gotten up early (for a Sunday) and made our way to Southbank to have breakfast and then attend a session at the Writers' Festival.  We listened to Tim Fischer who was erudite and well spoken, and then William Mcinnes who was shall we say a little under the weather after the previous night's festivities.  Hubby then had to give a talk up the other end of Southbank so by the time he got back to me, we were both starving.  I knew that the new Gasworks complex had just opened a few days ago, and there were a couple of places to eat.  We hotfooted it across town, and came upon Hatch & Co.   It was getting on for 3pm by then so we were glad to see plenty of diners still enjoying a meal.   We sat down and the waitress promptly brought menus and water.  We quickly scanned the menu which is mostly sharing plates and tapas type small plates with a few mains and pizza thrown into the mix.  I wanted to try several dishes so we had freshly shucked oysters,  manchego croquettas, house smoked salmon , farmhouse terrine and a seared tuna pasta.  Oh my word!  It was all so very tasty.  Prices are reasonable- oysters were $3.50 each and the croquettas $4.  Pizza ranged from $18-24, and desserts from $9-12.
Our waitress assured us the dessert we had chosen -vanilla panna cotta with salted caramel, malt ice cream and cookie crumb was also her favourite.  And yes indeed it was a delicious finale to our meal.
I am keen to come back and try a few more of the dishes and to enjoy another glass of the very drinkable Tasmanian sparkling I had with my meal.   It is a very pleasant light and air filled space with friendly, helpful staff and seems to have hit the ground running even though the official opening is not till this week.  Hubby and I were very pleased to have tried out a very new establishment and found delicious food, great staff and an all-round pleasant way to finish off our cultural day.

the house smoked salmon was superb-not over smoky just melting and moreish

perfect fresh oysters

tuna that had been seared lightly and served on angel hair pasta

farmhouse terrine with lots of watercress and tiny tasty pickles

I could eat lots of these croquettas!

dessert to die for!

light and airy space with a bit of an industrial feel with hanging lights in wire cages

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