Sustainability & Eco-friendly but does it taste good?

Discovered this restaurant a month ago and then couldn’t get a booking till Saturday night. Practically drooling with suspense we took extra care at the bottleshop to pick the perfect red as we had an idea we were in for a special treat.

Spencer Guthrie’s is not a large venue so perfect for smaller gatherings. Located at 399 King St, Newtown, it’s Newtown’s latest restaurant offering. With an open kitchen at the front of this narrow venue we were greeted by lots of friendly chefs and wait staff who seem to be enjoying every minute of their work.

When I first looked at the menu I thought there wasn’t a long list so I would be able to choose something easily, I was wrong. You will want all 5 entrees, 5 mains and 5 desserts plus specials and you will need to take extra time to order, I promise you.

The menu states the objective of Spencer Guthrie: to minimize our ecological footprint through careful consideration of sustainable and environmentally conscious produce materials. Words like these make me feel warm and fuzzy and even when I’m eating a calorie laden dessert I feel like I am part of some movement that means I’m doing good and therefore in return the fromage mousse French toast won’t go straight to my hips?!

What we chose:
Seasonal beetroots, goat’s cheese, walnuts & fresh horseradish $19
Smoked ham hock terrine, celeriac remoulade & snow pea tendrils $20
Special : Squid with smoked tomato, fresh chilli and rice crackles (not sure of exact description as it was a special, hope the chefs are happy with my novice description!)

2 of us had the Pappardelle pasta, slow cooked lamb, mint & ricotta $31
Special Medium rare Angus Steak with mash and beans $?

Other mains included Rolled de-boned Spatchcock, mushrooms, sweetcorn & barley $30
Pan-roasted Ruby Snapper, braised cos, zucchini & prawn butter $31
Blue Mackerel, cauliflower, hazelnuts & pearl onion tart tartan $30
Grilled eggplant, romano pepper & quinoa $27

2 of us had chocolate cream, strawberry jelly, buttermilk ice-cream & caramel crumbs $15
French toast, fromage blanc mousse, & plum sorbet $15
But I also really wanted Lemon curd, orange sorbet & champagne $15

It’s been a while since I’ve had 3 courses so this was very indulgent of me. Luckily I had gone for a massively long walk on Saturday so I didn’t feel so guilty and it was all sustainable after all.

The food is seriously devine with service to match and the open kitchen creates an atmosphere that they refer to in their objective “to create a dining experience”. Yes they have done that and more. One of my dinner companions is still raving about the finely cut beetroot chips and I’m still dreaming about the lamb, mint and ricotta combination that I just didn’t want to end. Our terrine expert said it was the best he has ever had.

It’s in the pricier category for Newtown but it’s well worth it. This restaurant is for anyone who loves super fresh, creative, eco-friendly food made with lots of care. Make a special occassion, you deserve it! Book a table asap.
Tel: 8068 1080 and they have a website:

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