Monday, July 26, 2010

July 20, 2010: Houndstooth IV

Last Tuesday night I ventured to Houndstooth (for the first time in quite a while) with a couple of girlfriends.  Though I remembered it having the boisterous atmosphere of a bar on a Friday night, it was pleasantly cosy and sedate mid-week.

What it still does well is multi-course meal deals with at least one vego option for each course; meals that sit somewhere between fancy and homely, understated yet really rather good.  Unsurprisingly prices have increased again - it's now $20 for two courses, $25 for three courses and $30 for four courses.

I began with a Spanish blue cheese and caramelised onion tart and had a pretty good idea of what to expect.  There was a lot of pastry, a decent amount of soft sweet onion and very little cheese to speak of.  Only a pastry fiend like me would so happily let them get away with such sparse toppings.

The vegetarian main of the day was a "vegetable curry stew".  This warmly spiced mix seemed to take more inspiration from North Africa than Asia and was a real comfort on a winter night.  The generous potato chunks had slurped up the flavoured sauce gorgeously; but again, Jerusalem artichoke left me cold.

The lemon tart is clearly popular and in regular rotation.  This is as it should be - the one at Houndstooth is just perfect!

You can also read about our first, second and third visits to this restaurant.

Houndstooth has also been blogged by Ross Hill, Food Fable, Fitzroyalty and Words and Flavours.

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