DINNER FOR TWO, SATURDAY 11TH JUNE | http://thecraftsman.com.au/index.php
Well hello Foundry, you've certainly improved yourself haven't you?
A friend and I decided to come here on a Saturday night purely because it was a location in-between our addresses. We arrived without a reservation at around 830 after watching a movie, it wasn’t overly busy, a few patrons having dinner and a few at the bar. We were promptly shown to our seats just to the right of the doors. The staff were pretty attentive which was appreciated.
The pub is unpretentious but still has an air of something just a little bit above normal pubs. Coincidentally we happened to dine during the 80's and 90's night so we got to groove along to Wham and Backstreet Boys while waiting for our meals. The tables were spaced a decent distance away from each other which was fantastic. We could have an animated conversation without interrupting other diners.
We chose the crumbed mushrooms ($11.90) to share as an entrée. 5 came quickly on a plate with a bit of side salad and aioli for dipping. The mushrooms were crumbed with a lovely cream cheese between the crumb and the shroom. I'd recommend them if you're after something light.
My main was the Chicken Galliano ($24.90), it had such a lovely soft sweet vanilla flavour in the sauce, on a bed of risotto, surrounded by a tonne of mushrooms (yum!). The chicken was wrapped in prosciutto and cooked perfectly.
My friend had the porcini mushroom risotto with chicken ($26.90) and said it was wonderful. We both couldn’t finish our meals, although we weren't ravenous to begin with. I'd say the portion sizes are on the mark.
For a casual meal I'd definitely recommend this place. It actually surprised me as I'm usually a very harsh critic. Actually the only thing I could complain about is our table was in the draught near the door so it was a bit cold.
4.5 out of 5 from me!