Yep, back to ol’ Llankelly Place, Potts Point. This time for a fast and furious feed at Wilbur’s Place before rushing off to…. uh… No where… So we don’t rush for a change, but we’re not rushed either if you know what I mean….
Wilbur’s Place has been billed as the place to go, when you don’t want take-away and you really can’t be bothered to cook your own meal. Simple, home style food that is ready in a flash! Not to mention the time saved on the clean up!
Oscar and I arrive fairly early, around 6:30pm-ish, and we have most of the tables to choose from. We sit outside along one of the wooden benches at the end. We are promptly greeted by a friendly waitress who smiles as she catches me mid car park celebration (this involves a lot of booty shaking and wild hand gestures… which you can imagine is slightly embarrassing on my behalf…. thank god I was sitting down….). No doubt she thinks this is due to me being in serious need of a drink as she quickly points Oscar in the direction of the nearest Bottle-o.
Before Oscar gets back I have ordered the Bread & Olives ($4.50), the Duck Liver Parfait, Conichons & Toast ($12), the Salad of warm Porchetta, Fennel, Croutons, Apple, Endive, Walnuts & Red Wine Dressing ($14) and the Braised Wagyu Beef Shin & Crispy Corn Polenta ($19). The bread & olives arrive and I had already stuffed some of the most beautiful soft yet tasty sourdough in my mouth before realising I was supposed to take a photo… Oink… Oink…
Oscar arrives back and is instantly smitten by the gigantic black olives, I think I am lucky to try one. But before we are finished, the amazing Duck Liver Parfait arrives and I really couldn’t care less how many olives Oscar snaffles. But I do seriously eye off the Porchetta and pork crackling and make sure I get a decent forkful.
The Parfait is awesomeness on a plate. It’s smooth, tasty, pinkish, buttery… all the things it should be… and I have to say I’ve had a few of these. This rates right up there.
The Porchetta Salad. It’s worth a fork duel. The meat is soft and tender and falls apart. It pairs perfectly with the crisp, tart, green apple.
Now Oscar loves a ragu. This is so beautifully executed. The beef melts in your mouth, but the carrots still look orange and the parsley green – amazing or what? The polenta has little corn niblets scattered throughout which pair nicely with the rich meat and gravy.
This little alleyway has certainly hit its straps. Well populated by the time we leave, I am glad that we came a little early and could spread out on the table. Just as we are about to leave and are polishing off the last of our vino, a group of five gents are seated on the end of our table. This is not a problem as everyone has enough elbow room, but what is slightly disconcerting is that there is not enough space to separate the conversations. I can’t help but stop speaking, because I feel that I would be talking over these new patrons or that they would be eves-dropping on me. Hmmm…. must learn to speak louder… or learn not to care who hears….
The restaurant itself is fairly petite, with most of the seating outside. Timber tables and stools mix well with the white wall tiles, exposed concrete ceiling and colourful tiled floor. My favourite is the gorgeous curved copper awning.
Beautiful home-cooked food, ready in moments.
LOVIN’: Amazing Food
NOT LOVIN’: $8 corkage
NOISE: Depends who you sit next to
BRING: Anyone. Actually, don’t bring anyone too large…. (I don’t mean fat by the way… I mean large…)
HOW MUCH: $$$$$
WHERE: 36 Llankelly Place, Potts Point
WHEN: Tues – Sat 8am – 9:30pm, Sun 8am – 4pm