In a town bent on reinventing the wheel, The Hill Eatery offers a humble change of pace. There are no tablecloths, waiters are dressed casually and the menu is simple and honest.
Designed by renowned architect Michael Benson, The Hill’s interior boasts a minimalist warehouse-chic decor. Uncovered light bulbs hang from ropes; there’s an unpolished wooden floor; and exposed ducts run along the ceiling. It is simple and elegant without an ounce of Bondi pretension. It is also nice to discover that the rustic-looking floor and tables are actually rustic, having been made using recycled timber from Botany.
This sustainable approach extends from the decor to the food. Owner and Chef Sam Smith (from Perth’s Balthazar and Duende and Paddington’s L’Etoile), together with Sarah Hendriks and Michael Benson (owners of Porch and Parlour, North Bondi), pride themselves on what they call “food excellence”. Rather than doing the token, “organic- this” and “eco-friendly-that”, these guys have put money where their mouth is. At the restaurant’s official launch, their beef producer from Scone discussed the “paddock-to-plate” process with the media crowd. The syrups used in the tales (cocktails) are all homemade (by the way, we strongly recommend the “Garden Fresh”) and Sam’s dad catches the fish in Port Lincoln. So when Sam says, “provenance is our mantra”, this is exactly what the man means.
The menu speaks to the inner-health freak in us all with wholesome dishes such as falafel and quinoa tabouli salad, grilled calamari with crunchy greens and dukkah and pan-seared King George whiting with avocado salsa. For those not bothered by calorie-counting, the classic parmigiana gets spruced up, with the meat courtesy of Thirlmere and served with fettucini and cherry tomatoes. Got some English blood? The slow braised organic beef is served in individual ceramic ramekins on a wooden chopping board, with a side of pea and mint mash. The flavours in each dish are clean and simple with just the right amount of oomph to satisfy. The Hill Eatery is the type of place that nourishes you, both inside and out.
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