For a brunch venue that's a little different to the growing number of cafés in the inner west, one weekend a friend suggested a newly-renovated pub, The Henson in Marrickville, previously known as the Henson Park Hotel.
|Photo collages of Henson Park and surrounding Marrickville area at |
The Henson, Illawarra Road, Marrickville
The new renovations feature an outdoor, upcycled hipster-chic bar and spacious beer garden extending into a kids play-pen, in addition to the more traditional but updated pub inside.
|The Henson's courtyard|
The menu features starters that wouldn't look out of place in a restaurant, along with tacos, burgers and mains that span from tempeh to koftas to kim chee nasi goreng.
|Kumera fries, nigella, tahini yoghurt|
|Knuckle Sandwich - wagyu brisket, fennel slaw, swiss cheese, smokey mayo on rye & chips|
The toasted rye worked well with the tender brisket and the fresh, crunchy slaw, served together with potato chips – making for a solid winner at brunch.
|Blackened barramundi burger, coleslaw, tomato, dill pickles, tomato/beet relish & chips|
Served with more fluffy chips in a basket, the barramundi burger opened up to a grilled fillet of barramundi, slightly dry on the outside, followed by the crunch of the cabbage slaw and the tanginess of the pickles and relish. It was, sadly, no comparison to the Knuckle Sandwich.
|Lamb koftas, flatbread, labne, fennel, chickpea olive salad, tahini & beetroot|
The koftas were a tad dry, saved by a dollop of tahini dip, while the other sides freshened up the dish.
|½ kilo buttermilk chicken wings, verde picante|
The fried chicken had a lovely texture: starting off floury, then with crunch followed by the juicy innards, while the verde picante hot green sauce served alongside packed an additional punch. I didn't have a beer at brunch but these wings would go very, very well with a nice cold one.
The Henson has done remarkably well with its recent renovation, catering for people of all ages with pub food that is fresh and different, especially for a pub brunch.