There are not too many better ways to spend a Sunday than with good friends sharing some drinks and good food. But when you have three kids, some times these opportunities are a little hard to come by, so when they do you want to make sure you make the most of them! Enter, the Summer House!!
Summer House is tucked away amongst the high-rise apartments of Kangaroo Point, just far enough down the street from the Story Bridge Hotel to create a beautiful garden oasis.
With tables surrounded by lush plants and even the other way around with a table around an amazing feature tree, the Summer House is reminiscent of LA alfresco dining like The Ivy or Pump.
To go with the idyllic setting is an equally heavenly menu with so many tasty morsels you might need a cocktail jug or two just to help you decide. On a Sunday it is hard to go past a sangria and the Secret Garden Red Sangria definitely hits the spot, as does the Lost Kraken which is a refreshing blend of Kraken spiced rum, fresh mint, lime & ginger beer.
So with drinks sorted, it was down to business with food and we took on the Tapas menu with gusto. Hot tip, the more of you there are, the more things you can sample from the menu, so with four of us we took on eight plates of goodness.
To kick things off, our table was adorned with Beef Brisket Sliders – Smokey, sweet and delicious. Crispy Skin Pork Belly – amazing succulent, broken up nicely with beautifully crispy skin, and Szechuan Calamari which was the most tender I have ever had and came with a fantastic saffron, garlic aioli.
Following in quick succession to this was Mushroom Arancini, seriously, who doesn’t love arancini, Chipotle Chicken Tacos, the perfect combination of smokey and spicy flavor and Crispy Five Spice Chicken which was some expertly fried chicken with a very tasty slaw that cut through nicely.
To finish, along came Duck Pancakes, delicate and gamey plus everyone’s favorite Tuscan Meatballs and if for some ungodly reason you don’t like meatballs, these Mediterranean triumphs are sure to convert you with a beautifully juicy meatball smothered in a tomato sauce that just makes you smile and if they don’t convert you, we can no longer be friends.
So, if you are lucky enough to find someone crazy enough to take on your kids for a few hours then, get your classy kit on be transported to downtown LA via Summer House.