Mr Pickings chose a vibrant passionfruit fizz to start, and I had a beetroot breakdown. (No really, that's the name of the drink.:) I didn't have a breakdown). My drink was very earthy and fresh, and I could feel it doing me good. There are other combos of juices - next time I want the orange, ginger and carrot - plus smoothies and milkshakes, teas, coffees, the usual suspects. This place is licensed so you can drop in for an after-work/pre-dinner drink too.
|passionfruit fizz $7
|beetroot breakdown $7
I absolutely love these jars! They were really nice to hold, and you got a hefty drink for your money.
I chose beetroot again for my lunch - a beetroot and apple rosti with smoked salmon, caperberries and horse radish which came in a quenelle-like mound on the plate. I have to say that even for a beetroot lover, this was a wee bit too much beetroot. The apple was not detectable, and the beetroot was a little under-cooked for my liking. I had actually forgotten that it was not a beetroot and potato rosti, so I was expecting more of a potato twist to it. But it was very tasty and fresh, the baby rocket delicious, caperberries - oh my I love them!- and the horse radish a lovely creamy tang along with generous smoked salmon. A really enjoyable repast.
|beetroot and apple rosti $16
Mr Pickings loves burgers so he chose the chicken burger with rustic chips and paprika aioli (I snuck a chip or 3). There was a large piece of chicken breast which had been coated in spices, along with tomato and lettuce. The chips were really fat and delicious, with skin still on. Mr Pickings was a fan!
|Artie & Mai chicken burger $16
I want to go back to try the sauteed mushrooms with poached egg and pecorino, and I am going to persuade Mr Pickings to go to dinner one night so we can try the pea arancini, the barramundi croquettes, the scallops, the popcorn chicken - stop, I am drooling!
Atmosphere was great, the waitress lovely, and the food came out promptly. All in all, a lovely little mid-week getaway.
The daytime menu goes from 7am to 3pm; the evening menu then starts with share plates and pizza. There is also a special lunchtime menu Mon to Thurs 12-2 pm with $12 meals.
|vibrant red exterior