Wednesday. Not a bad day, you’ve made it to the half way mark of the working week. ‘Hump Day’ some call it because the downhill slide to the weekend is on! So if you’re in the mood to celebrate this fact and do something a little bit fun, different and entirely delicious then the new Hump Day Banquet at Tom’s Kitchen is for you!
Tom’s Kitchen can be found in Shafto Lane and has long been serving up tasty and interesting meals to CBD punters. In order to keep the creative crew in the kitchen happy and to showcase said culinary creativity, on Wednesday nights they have their Hump Day Banquet menu. It’s a chefs selection of dishes that are all designed to be shared. The menu changes from week to week and is offered at the bargain price of $35 a person. Just exceptional value!
I really like the fit out at Tom’s too. It’s so open and welcoming and means you can soak up the atmosphere both there and from surrounding venues. Shafto Lane is just overflowing with lively eateries these days.
On our visit GG and I were seated with the lovely Queen of Bad Timing and her partner and we four were prepared to tackle the feast ahead. There was quite the ‘dude food’ slant to our menu, which I didn’t mind and I suspected the dude in my life didn’t either 🙂
Each dish was well presented and so very generous! From the slices of bread with the accompanying olive oil and chilli sugar, along with butter and Himalayan salt, to our first official course of Fanta chicken wings. There was the mountain of lightly crumbed wings, each of which were super plump and drizzled with a tasty Fanta and apricot sauce. I really enjoyed the subtle sweetness.
Couldn’t have dude food without sliders and these were an interesting combination of pulled pork, pickled pineapple and blue cheese dressing. The blue cheese provided a pleasing salty contrast to the two other sweeter components. Set up on a long plate these little buns looked precious and just so enticing! And then there was the accompanying plate of chips. Chunky, hand cut kipflers that were so well salted! Gotta love kipflers. They strike me as a fancy spud and who doesn’t love a little bit of fancy?
Chicken mole, corn salsa and confit cherry tomatoes were round four and were to be strategically arranged in the homemade tortillas. Needless to say we were all slowing down at this point despite a very solid start.
The final savoury dish in the evening’s feasting was braised rabbit. All those little kickers lined up along the plate. A pleasant braise which included plums for some added sweetness enhanced the flavour of the rabbit. Accompanied by a refreshing green salad and some roasted potatoes and sweet potato, it was quite a hearty dish to round things out and another reminder of the exceptional value this Hump Day Banquet offers.
Tequila jelly and coconut sorbet refreshed the palate and prepared us for dessert.
The sweet treat was a lavish lemon meringue pie, with a decadent swirl of meringue and black pepper pastry.
Wow, just wow. They had to roll us out of there! It had been such a fun night out with a delicious line up of food and exceptionally friendly service. Definitely worth a go but I would advise to arrive as hungry as possible because they will make sure you leave with very full bellies. So find your way to Shafto Lane one Wednesday night soon and dig in!
Please note GG and I were guests of Tom’s Kitchen for this meal