True to the ‘supper club’ portion of its name, there’s a bit of a traditional, Victorian feel to the dark wood décor of Henrietta’s interior, though with a modern, eclecticism in the details of its art and furnishings. Upon entering, we were escorted to the lounge-like bar for a pre-meal cocktail. The ‘Pan American Chipper’ was an easy, summery drink that featured Laird’s 100 proof apple brandy, lime, real pomegranate and grenadine, with a slight absinthe kick. We really have to highlight the warmth and generous hospitality of one of Henrietta’s owner, Dominic Carnevale. Dominic took the time to talk us through the menu and explain the venue, and it’s clear that this enthusiasm extends to its generous, hearty dishes.
Adventurous diners, pay attention: Henrietta’s menu is a veritable chameleon. After 10:30PM, the supper menu comes out to play and the entire menu changes every 1.5 months , so it may be worth a revisit for the new dishes on offer. In the spirit of new culinary discovery, we braved the unconventional oxtail croquettes, which turned out to be very tasty and quite balanced in flavor. The always reliable, melt-in-your-mouth pork crackling was the accompanying side dish. As a restaurant with prominent Irish influences, it was no surprise that our mains were heavy on the meat. Together, the rack of lamb, hanger steak (my personal favourite) and cauliflower three ways make for a very satisfying set of mains for the carnivores . For those with lighter palates, the trick is to space out the meals, perhaps with a cocktail or two from Henrietta’s impressive menu between courses. The dodger ice cream sandwich with malt shake dessert was inspired by classic English jam drops. True to its inspiration, the dessert was bursting with flavour and character, perfect for those with an unapologetic sweet tooth at the end of the night, though it may be better as a shared dish for others. All desserts come with a mini alcoholic concoction, unless you’re ordering the cheese platter.
Oliver Grand Says:
Henrietta’s Supper Club is definitely the place for those craving dining that is generous in portion and flavour and served by those who go out of their way to make the experience special.
Henrietta Supper Club,
Level 1, 292-294 Victoria Street,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 (2) 9356 3429