Host is a new restaurant in Brunswick created by the former owners of twenty and six. They have created a unique dining space that feels welcoming and an interesting menu that provokes curiosity. The food and presentation of the dishes ooze creativity and each dish is well executed. They have only been around for about a month but they are pushing the boundaries and getting it right.
The unassuming entrance. A sign on the glass door saying welcome which is what confirms you’re at the right place.
As you walk in you are wowed by the décor, welcomed by the atmosphere and greeted by the friendly wait staff.
We had one of the specials to start. It looked like little angel wings sitting on the plate. They were battered and deep fried red gurnard fins. The meat was tender and the fins were delicately crunchy. They looked amazing and apparently you can eat the entire thing if you’re brave enough. I ate the juicy bits of fish and some of the crispy fin. They came with a sriracha mayo which went perfectly.
The blood butter and potato crisps took potato crisps to another level. The blood butter had a creamy pate like texture and the crispy salty potato crisps with chive and bay went well together. Who doesn’t love potato crisps?
The quail was grilled to perfection and had a lovely pepperberry seasoning a slightly bitter witlof and a touch of sour finger lime.
The brussel sprouts have a thin film of lardo over the top which gives them that fatty bacon like flavour. The sunflower seeds add a toasted crunch and the creamy horseradish dressing mades them pop with indulgence. My kind of brussel sprouts.
The Ike jime gurnard flaked apart beautifully, the pieces of celeriac had golden crunchy corners, the greenery was a combination of nettle and a cima di rapa sauce with a bit of buckwheat on the side.
The boarfish was absolutely delicious. It had a lovely clean flavour and was cooked to perfection. And to make it even better, it had a beautiful crispy skin. Delish.
The roasted cabbage had lovely charcoal bits and had a salty oily anchovy flavour, crunch of the pumpkin seed and freshness of the mint which brought the cabbage alive.
The O’Connors sirloin was lovely and tender, pink in the middle. And there were some charred chantanay carrots, pickled daikon and greens with a lovely smoked beef fat jus.
I loved the Jerusalem artichoke. It was so flavoursome with red mustard leaf and chestnut and it was sitting on a bed of toasted rye. Packed with flavour.
The native pepper ice cream sounded intriguing so we ordered it. The ice cream was peppery, there was spots of sweet caramel and tart lemon curd sitting on a salty bitter coffee crumb. The combination of flavours was interesting and kind of left a sweet salty aftertaste in your mouth.
The space is stylish, the staff are lovely and the food is delicious. They use top quality ingredients and the menu changes regularly. It’s a place where you can relax with a bunch of friends and enjoy high quality food without all the nonsense. Bookings are welcomed so it’s a great place to organize a celebration or a catch up with friends. The venue is inspiring and the food is unique. Your mates will definitely be impressed.
I heart host!