I have been watching the transformation of a restaurant in Kellet Street, Potts Point over the last few months with great interest. It's literally around the corner from where I live and I walk past there a lot. What intrigued me was the interior that was being fitted in the new restaurant and the outside wall garden.
Soon the doors of The Silly Tart Kitchen were open and of course I had to drop in and check it out.
On my first visit I ordered a tea and a home made cookie, and it was on this day I met the owners, Josh and Nina. Josh and I started to talk about our love of anything green and growing and hence the reason the outside seating area has a wall garden growing herbs and leaf for the kitchen.
The Silly Tart Kitchen reminds me of visiting my family in the country. Despite this blog "Sydney Chic" I'm a country girl at heart. The Silly Tart Kitchen has a rustic feel and an amazing range of quality food. The photo at the top of this post is the corn fritters, with 12 hour tomatoes, homemade onion marmalade and cured bacon that was thin and crispy. Perfect! Oh and of course leaf and herbs from the garden. The garden is chemical free. The bacon is organic, free range pork and is cured developing complex flavours in a dry ager, no hormones or nasties. It is sliced thin like pancetta and served crispy every time.
Guests can dine outside or in. The outside area has gas heaters and rugs are supplied to keep warm on those chilly winter days.
Josh is in charge of the kitchen and his passion for food certainly shows in the menu. He has a particular liking for baking cakes. I brought home with me a chocolate salted caramel cake and for someone who rarely eats sweet things OMG. I'll be having that again.
There is a room dedicated to cakes and another to the Silly Tart Kitchen's homemade jams. The restaurant have carefully created a selection of tantalising flavours using fruit from local farmers. You can enjoy your breakfast & lunch in this private room.
For more food photos check out the Silly Tart Kitchen instagram account. @sillytartkitchen
Josh is very proud of his Gin bar featured above and yes, the restaurant is licensed (craft beers and wines) and is also open for functions. For coffee and tea lovers their is a wide range of teas and the Silly Tart Kitchen uses Kittle Lane's seasonal blend coffee which offers a punchy full-bodied cup, rotating a selection of single origins and serving up Batch Brew.
Both Nina and Josh are very hands on and the staff are very friendly; nothing is too much trouble.
There seems to be an obsession with bikes :) -
If you are looking for great food and a relaxed and quirky place to dine then look no further than my neighbours. I'm sure you will be very happy with your choice.
You might even bump into She Beast.
Meals were independently paid for.