The Cottage Bar & Kitchen is a cosy restaurant and wine bar that feels like you’re dining at your granny’s farmhouse. Vintage and kitsch furniture, chalkboards, fresh flowers and old photographs add to the rustic charm. From the front the restaurant looks quite small, but the cottage layout creates an intimate environment, with small rooms spreading back to a newly-opened alfresco courtyard (with heat lamps, of course). The menu features plates to share and pizzas cooked in the huge pizza oven – one of the centre pieces of the venue. Great to show to wiggly kids who won’t stay in their chairs.
We ordered a freshly squeezed orange juice for E, House Cut Chips with the cottage ketchup and aioli ($8), Arancini of tomato, smocked mozzarella and parmesan ($12), Seared Scallops with pear and elderflower puree ($18) and the Margherita wood-fired pizza ($18). All of our food was delicious (I particularly enjoyed the arancini balls and pizza) but, after the juice and chips, there was a long wait for the rest of the food. Epically long. Luckily for us E was in a chilled out mood and enjoyed playing with stickers until it arrived.
While there was nothing particularly “kid-friendly” about the restaurant, the staff could not have been nicer. Our waitress was kind and sweet to our curious toddler and, as we were the first to arrive when they opened, she was able to roam around our small dining room, look out the windows and investigate the curios without bothering anyone.
Last Bite: A long and leisurely lunch awaits.
Stroller storage: No.
Easy access: No. There are a few steps to get in.
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen
342 Darling St,
Phone: 02 8084 8185
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-12am Sun 12pm-10pm
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!