Hartsyard has been packed out every night since it opened in June. With a spate of recent restaurant closures it's made me think about why some restaurants go gang-busters from the moment they open and others slowly whither away and die. Whatever the formula for success is Hartsyard has worked it out. It has a great fit out - it's a bit industrial and a bit homely, there's great menu of southern USA inspired comfort food, super-friendly staff, great cocktail list...and George the Duck who overseas the goings on from his perch at the front counter.
Despite the restaurant only being open for a short while the Oyster Po'boy ($16.00 for two) has gotten itself quite the reputation. A homemade English Muffin sandwiches crumbed oysters (they're fantastic - even non-oyster fans will LOVE them...trust me), mayonnaise and coleslaw. I top mine with some of the house-made hot sauce...I'm totally addicted to these Po'boys after only one try. Can't wait to come back and stuff myself with more more more (oh, I did come back and I ate FOUR po'boys all to my self. Best Day EVER)!
The food at Hartsyard isn't going to win any ticks from Weight Watchers...but it's fun, it's delicious and it's made for sharing...so that means somebody can share the worry about the calories. I can't wait to come back and eat more, way more, Oyster Po'boys.
Hartsyard is at 33 Enmore Road, Enmore. Phone them on 8068 1473 or make a booking via their website.