Heritage Court – Hurstville

September 21, 2011

With more than a couple food deal vouchers under my belt, it was time to start making reservations. As instructed by Stud, I booked in order of purchasing so our first stop was Heritage Court Restaurant in Hurstville. Purchased partly because it was so close to us that it was stupid not to buy it and partly because it was five courses for two people for only $59 including a glass of wine.

Without checking the address, I had in my mind where I thought the restaurant was and once in the car and on our way, I realised I was wrong. Really wrong! Heritage Court is a duplex terrace house on a Hurstville side street. They’ve knocked out the “duplex” wall to make this one large restaurant at the front and presumably the kitchen/bathrooms/etc out the back.

When you walk in you definitely feel like you are in someone’s home…complete with plasma TV mounted on the wall playing Indiana Jones (via teletext). This is one thing that Stud and I aren’t fans of – TV’s in restaurants. In our opinion, you go out for a nice meal to escape your home and relax with whatever company you choose. I feel like having a TV in the restaurant defeats that purpose and you might as well have got take-away and eaten it on the couch in front of the tele!

I will say though, that the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Sometimes when you have a voucher, you can tend to get treated a little second rate but these guys were great. No sooner had we sat down and ordered our wine that our first course was brought to the table, Garlic Bread and Soup of the Day. Today’s soup happened to be pumpkin. My most favourite of all soups :) The soup was nice although did need a little salt and pepper. The garlic bread was a good dipper.

Next up were the Bakes Scallops. Tasty in theory however they were covered in mayonnaise and pretty overcooked so any scallop flavour was killed off by the tangy sweetness of very creamy store bought (Kraft if my palate serves me correctly lol) mayo.

Our original menu stated that our third course was a Japanese Crab Meat and Avocado Salad. There was a salad, it had seaweed hence the “Japanese” element (??) and there was avocado. I don’t recall any crab meat and it wasn’t actually until writing this review that I saw the crab meat in the menu as when it was put in front of us they just said “Japanese salad”. Perhaps all the crabs ran away?

Our mains were surprising. On a rectangular platter, we were presented with a Char-grilled Petit Mignon with mash and steamed veg and a Grilled Ocean Perch with white sauce and chips. Now this is hard to review. They were both actually really nice, just unexpected for our Asian restaurant surroundings. The fish was cooked well although the white sauce was a little random. The meat was very tender and the mash was velvety smooth.

The dessert of the day was a peach panna cotta. I actually had to swap desserts with Stud for photo purposes as my peach got swamped and his was nicely sticking out the top. Stud had one mouthful and pushed his away. It wasn’t really a good panna cotta. It wasn’t wobbly in the slightest, was quite hard actually and very grainy. I consumed mine and Stud’s and am ashamed to admit this as it really wasn’t that great, I was just hungry lol.

When we were finished and asked for the bill (Stud ordered a couple of beers that weren’t in the offer), the waitress brought us over a second deal to be offered to diners who had used the first deal. This one was very similar to the first so when the waitress came back to ask if we would like to take it, I politely said that when we return, it would be for the regular menu. No more than five minutes later, the elderly couple behind us repeated this to their waitress. They obviously weren’t impressed either.

All in all, I feel like Heritage Court had a lot of potential as during the evening Stud and I were observing other tables for their regular menu and everything looked quite nice. I think they may have been trying to attract a wider range of clients with their offer but think it would have been better suited to their popular signature dishes rather than trying to anglicise their menu.

Stud has said we won’t be back but I wouldn’t mind giving them another shot.

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