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HOT – The Hutch Bistro – Shop 6, 100 Days Rd, Grange.

I don’t often hear of too many North-side based venues making a fuss on the culinary scene, advice so when I first heard about The Hutch Bistro in Grange, capsule I made a special trip just to sample their wares.

To be honest I can’t actually remember where I read about The Hutch Bistro in the first place, however what stuck with me was their clear intentions when it comes to gluten free dining and being able to cater for those with sensitive dietary requirements.  I’m not a fussy eater – it doesn’t really bother me if it’s full of preservatives and gluten, or totally non-organic, but I do appreciate when they consider these options for people who do care.

Open most days for breakfast, lunch and dinner, KL and I decided on a relaxed Saturday lunch at The Hutch Bistro – only problem was we met at 11.30am; right when they change over from breakfast to lunch service and they actually put a hold on service.  Unfortunately they refused to take our order, and weren’t able to offer us anything to tide us over til midday.  We weren’t even allowed to crack our bottle of wine til the clock struck twelve, so we couldn’t warm things up in the absence of any food.

We got over this soon enough with a small grumble, but we didn’t exactly get off on the right foot.

Luckily, the lunch menu at The Hutch Bistro had a stack of appeal, with lots of tasty options including share plates of chicken drummets, and rare salmon spring rolls with ginger and soy dressing.  They also had gourmet sandwiches to choose from and a lovely list of more substantial entrees and mains, like chilli salt squid salad and house made potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms, sage brown butter, truffle oil and shaved parmesan (how good does this sound!).

I liked the sound of the chicken sandwich with avocado, brie, rocket, roast garlic mayonnaise and French fries ($16).  The sandwich arrived toasted and bursting with filling, accompanied by a very generous pile of salty shoe string fries – the best kind.  It was lovely.

KL was feeling adventurous and opted for the prosciutto wrapped, blue cheese stuffed baked whole figs ($14).  Not being a blue cheese fan, nor a fig fan for that matter, I was a little nervous about trying this one.  But to our delight, the flavours were so light and complimented each other perfectly, we were both left wanting more, it was that delicious.

The ambience at The Hutch Bistro is quite pleasant, even though the bulk of the restaurant is overlooking a busy main road.  They’ve decked the place out in lovely outdoor furnishings and it has a nice relaxed feel.  The staff were a little too relaxed at times, forgetting a few requests here and there.  In retrospect, apart from the food there wasn’t much that overly impressed me with the venue itself; the menu (including the BYO factor) had serious appeal and really helped tipped the scales in the favour of hot.

What other venues on the North side of town would you recommend we try?

 

  • The Hutch Bistro – Shop 6, 100 Days Rd, Grange.
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  1. I agree that Hutch’s food is great. It consistently delivered through many outings there in 2010 and 2011. We brought groups of friends along and introduced them to the fantastic food.

    Unfortunately the service has significantly slackened. One morning in particular, there were many waitstaff, very few customers, and yet we waited an inordinate time before water came to the table. After that, a suitably epic wait for orders.

    Unfortunately too, being breakfast time, our stomachs were groaning. So we left. Staff didn’t seem too concerned.

    We ended up settling on Symposium in Newstead as an alternative option, and after this experience, will be giving Hutch a wide berth. In fact I probably wouldn’t return. If you want breakfast options on the Northside, Elixir and Grub Street are really good.

    Posted by Cosmo Cater | March 14, 2012, 3:22 pm
  2. I too have to agree that the food is fantastic at Hutch (as are their mocha’s – delicious!). In the past I’ve had mostly good experiences with the staff (with one exception and i think the waitress was in training) but i must say, two weeks ago i turned up for breakfast on a Friday at 1130am and not only was i able to order breakfast but they let me order an item only offered on weekends. The meal arrived quickly, was tasty and as i was there by myself i had the opportunity to chat to the waitstaff who were lovely. Perhaps they had read your review and upped the ante because i left satisfied that i’d got my money’s worth. Here’s hoping the trend continues!

    Posted by Megan | July 21, 2012, 3:22 pm

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