|Inside The Fern, Pitt Street, Redfern|
|Menus at The Fern|
A couple of record covers are brought over to us, revealing paper menus stuck inside - one side showing breakfast options and the other, lots and lots of booze for the evening bar trade.
|Pink grapefruit juice (back) and cappuccino (front)|
|Poached eggs with avocado, beans and smoked pork belly|
The beans are gorgeous home-made baked beans with a refreshing burst of tomato flavour, while the thick cut smoked pork belly has a colour just like bacon. It's equally salty, very tender with a line of fat - and just a little underwhelming as I wasn't expecting something so similar to bacon.
|Corn fritter with pulled pork, avocado salsa and goat's cheese|
The first bite is impressive: the dough's not too floury and has a just-cooked texture while there's plenty of juicy corn kernels to keep it sweet and interesting. The pork is pretty heavy; lightly sweet with subtle spices and the occasional hit of coriander. The perfectly ripe avocado, and more so goat's cheese add to the richness and before too long, it's all too much.
About one-third of the way through, the flavours just become too same-same. Every mouthful becomes a Groundhog Day of the last mouthful, which makes me think serving the pork and other bits on the side would be a better option.
|The bar at The Fern|