Enough cannot be said for taking time out on International Womens day to have lunch with a creative and dynamic woman. I hope that you also had the opportunity to spend some time with another sister!. I met up with Celia from www.figjamandlimecordial. com for lunch, we ventured to the relatively new Hub House Diner, in the rapidly gentrifying Dulwich Hill. It’s one of the many new Amercian inspired cafes popping up around Sydney .
The windows slide open to expose the busy New Canterbury Road, not a terribly inspiring view, but it’s pleasant to be perched next to a porthole. Dramatic black tiles, bare light bulbs, wood and splashes of colour are modern and clean, helping to create a relaxed feel. The staff are helpful and you can see into the new shiny open kitchen. There are some teething problems with the food but I let’s not discourage this kind of clean breezy cafe on a stretch of road not commonly known for fine things.
The menu has something for everyone, including the kids. There’s a Trout Nicoise $16.50 and Caesar salad $10 or $14 with Smoked Salmon or Chicken, sitting beside Meatball Sliders $15 and Popcorn chicken $14. We opt for a bucket of “Southern Fried Chicken Wings” with hot sauce $ 14 and Zucchini Fritters with Sour Cream $12. I have a fetish for Southern Fried Chicken that wasn’t quite fulfilled here. Crispy but sadly no seasoning or spices and a bit of a lack of that fabulous coating that makes this type of chicken irresistible and melting and …..oh stop me…. the Zucchini Fritters were a delightful garden of green and flowers that also did not live up to their alluring appearance. They had an odd sweet savoury flavour and doughy interior.
There’s a great selection of burgers that come with or without fries and the promise of Jack cheese, a wonderful American cheese used with abandon in the US, but rarely seen here until recently. Some come with “slaw” others bacon or smoky sauce and range in price from $15- $19. If burgers aren’t your thing there is a 120 day aged sirloin, or pasta or a 1/2 basted hickory smoked chicken up to around $24. There are sides of salads and sauces that travel from Italy ( Pear and Parmesan) to Portugal (Peri peri aioli)
Desserts include a rather interesting sounding Oreo Forest Cheese cake for $10, but there is a counterful of other choices if this sounds a bit exotic. A lot of thought has gone into the look and feel. The presentation of the food is lovely, tableware is thoughtful , staff are good and they make a good coffee. I am sure they will iron out any other kinks.