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