Friday lunches are the perfect excuse to escape work in my opinion – especially on days full of sunshine and the promise of a weekend ahead. And because I work with some really wonderful friends, its even more of a reason to flee the confines of our air conditioned space and hang outside with cocktails and food.
That’s where Henry Summer comes into play. A quick Uber ride away from the office, and we were sitting in a garden oasis right where the Shed used to be on Aberdeen Street. The site is huge, and a new but oh so welcome addition to Northbridge. The brainchild of Clint Nolan, its sibling venues are the likes of La Cholita, Sneaky Tonys, Pleased to Meet You etc.
The wine garden is lush and full of greenery. Pots and plants line the walls and roof, and transport you to some tropical destination in the blink of an eye. The bar has kombucha, Young Henry and Little Dove on tap, plus there’s a pretty robust wine and cocktail list too. And you know I love my cocktails!
On that balmy afternoon we decided to indulge too in some fruity concoctions, selecting a few difference varieties:
- Summer spritz ($15.00) – mandarin, Aprerol, Campari, rhubarb, kombucha and fizz
- Lola sour ($17.00) – red fruits, cranberry, Lillet Blanc, white vermouth and orchid flowers
- Pineapple pop ($17.00) – pineapple, Reposado Tequila, elderflower, ginger, agave and fizz
They all went down a little too easy! And kept us in fine company while we waited for our selection of share food to come out to the table.
While it’s always hard to pick from a menu where everything sounds delicious, we managed to shortlist and pick some standouts:
Two servings of the jamón croquettes with herb sauce ($9.00)
Beef carpaccio, red peppers, herb sauce, white anchovy and parmesan ($18.00)
Sweet potato fries with avocado yoghurt ($9.00)
Henry Summer platter ($28.00) – full of their greatest hits in terms of meats, cheese, dips and breads
Grilled haloumi and watermelon salad with red onion, jalapeño and herb dressing ($16.00)
Between five of us, this was a decent amount of food! The platter I liked quite a lot as it suited the environment we were in, with the nibble nature approach. But the croquettes were by far my favourite – crunchy on the outside, creamy and morish on the inside.
That being said, the rest of the items were tasty dishes and a good showcase of the calibre of food that Henry Summer has to offer.
It’s definitely a cute spot to hang out, no matter the season. And I can already tell I’ll be back again soon.