If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if a bistro and a farmhouse crossed paths, the Rainford Street Social may provide some kind of a visual. It’s located on the strip of Crown Street that, to me, seems to change every time I (rarely) step foot in that part of the Hills. Didn’t Bird Cow Fish used to live here? Yup, I reckon so.
The rustic fit-out seems to match the service. It’s chirpy and pretty relaxed, which is good with me. The lights are dim in some areas and brighter in others and, ooh look, a flat screen tv broadcasting football. One bright light that could easily have been switched off.
The kitchen has a firm focus on sourcing its produce locally and maintains a seasonally driven menu. The current winter offerings are rustic and warming; homely and unfussy. Almost all the trademarks of dining in Sydney in the current decade are evident. Wooden boards, share plates and some cute little sliders. Or should I say Rainford meatball throw-down? A tiny burger containing some un-missable garlic and Swiss cheese. One tasty pop and it’s gone.
One thing I didn’t want to end was the sweet pea and jamon broth. It may have been annoying when a wilted sweet pea sprout wanted to do everything but get into your mouth, but it was the broth that was an absolute winner. Rich, clean and nourishing. And then you get to the slow cooked egg, stab it and watch its innards seep into the sepia coloured broth. I’m feeling tingles.
Some confit duck hits the table, draped over white bean puree and falls from the bone with the touch of a fork. More of those Rainford meatballs arrive; this time with tomato fondue and Swiss cheese. The word rustic comes to mind, once again, and the theme continues onto a grilled vegetable lasagne, much like something you’d knock up at home.
Desserts came sugar-loaded, as expected. An upside-down cheesecake, a banana cream pie and a gluten-free chocolate torte that could easily be mistaken for a brownie.
I’m not sure that I’d come here just to have desserts (ok, perhaps the banana cream pie), but kicking back and getting social with some mates, downing a few drinks and share plates and whoever is playing footy on the tv may be enough for some.
hnf & co dined courtesy of Cav Con & Rainford Street Social.