Until recently, I assumed The Village was a night spot rather than a lunch place – maybe the fact that I heard Leo DiCaprio was spotted there earlier this year had something to do with it (let’s face it, Leo doesn’t really do brunch). Luckily, this misconception was cleared up when we were recently invited by The Village to try their Ladies Lunch menu.
Cuisine: Italian, Pub/Bistro
Price: $39 for the Ladies Lunch menu (min. 4 people) on Fridays & weekends. Great value for everything you get.
Most likely to see: Groups of ladies. Ladies who lunch.
Jug of Pimms & lemonade w/fresh fruit: Refreshing and delicious. I was ready to drink this all day.
Antipasto plate: Tasty starter with cured meats, artichokes, chargrilled red peppers, semi-dried tomatoes, marinated olives, hummus, beetroot dip & toasted sourdough. The cured meats and dips were the highlights.
Sicilian arancini balls with spinach & smoked mozzarella: This was my favourite dish of the menu. Crunchy on the outside, soft and full of flavour on the inside. The way a good arancini ball should be.
Crispy salt & pepper squid w/ sea salt, rocket, lemon, chilli aioli: The squid was crispy & tender but it could have done with less salt. The chilli aioli was having a bit of an identity crisis as I couldn’t quite taste the chilli.
Roasted pumpkin with pine nuts, baby spinach & marinated feta & Tomato w/ mozarella, fresh basil, olive & balsamic:
Both of these simple salads were fresh, light and a good way to break up the menu.
Margherita pizza w/ fresh tomato, garlic, oregano, fresh basil & parmesan: The thin base was crunchy and the flavours were simple & tasty.
Chocolate fondant w/ berry coulis & vanilla bean ice cream: This was delicious, with the warm chocolate sauce just oozing out of the fondant. The berry coulis & vanilla bean ice cream complimented the chocolate nicely. The clear winner out of the two desserts.
Apple & berry crumble: This balanced out the richness of the fondant with its fruity flavours and vanilla bean anglaise.
The final verdict: The Village is a great place for rounding up a few girlfriends for a weekend goss session over lunch, especially if you’re feeling like something a bit different from the usual cafe fare. It’s chilled with a modern bistro feel inside and the courtyard is ideal for summer.
Address: 1 Kellett Way, Potts Point, NSW 2011
Phone:(02) 8084 6057