The Devonshire (Formerly The Smokehouse) – Dinner – Surry Hills

Please Note: The Smokehouse is now The Devonshire with a new menu – take this review with a grain of salt.

This is a cute little place, came here on a Thursday night so not so busy. The novelty that attracted me was that it was a restaurant selling naturally hand-smoked seafood.

The decor is really nice, everything has a rustic/vintage feel to it.

Such quaint decor – I wonder if the piano worked?

There’s an old cash register to the right which ding-ed when the buttons were pushed (yes, we childishly played with it).

First up, the salt & pepper was in mortar & pestles, how quaint – my simple mind was very amused with this – grinding my own S&P for the meal ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY Salt & Pepper

Okay, a few hours back, we shared a pizza so we weren’t exactly starving when we got to The Smokehouse Restaurant, no matter, I can always eat a few more bites.

Tasting plate for 2 – $28

Only 2 of the things on the tasting plate was offered on the main al la carte menu (smoked cod fritters & ocean trout with dill), there was a smoked mousse, chunks of smoked salmon and a crispy wonton.

I was very fond of the mousse and the cod fritter (surprisingly), and it was a very nice, wonderfully presented tasting plate.

Smoked scallops & abalone salad – $17.50

This was also very good, the orange, snow pea & radish salad went great with the scallops & abalone and I’m always a big fan of beetroot. The abalone was used sparingly and there were paper-thin slivers throughout the salad – very tasty, but not much of it.

Hand cut chips – $7

These chips were huge, it was like they quartered a potato lengthwise. The outside was very crisp & well-seasoned, it’s just there wasn’t much going on with the volumes of potato on the inside. Trusty S&P mortar & pestle to the rescue ๐Ÿ˜€

The Smokehouse Dessert Menu – rolled & unrolled

Phew, by now, I was quite near bursting but had to find some room for dessert, I mean, the dessert menus themselves were very quaint, so how could I not?

Cheesecake Trio – $15

My dining companion – rocky road, orange & almond and pistachio cheesecakes with ginger & chocolate biscuits.

Dessert Tasting Plate for 1 – $15

Mine, all mine! ๐Ÿ˜€

I wonder why they don’t do a dessert tasting plate for 2? Anyway, mine consisted of rocky road cheesecake with mickey mouse ears, smoked macadamia baklava, yoghurt pannacotta with citrus granita & dill, and chilli vodka chocolate coated profiterole (*sigh*).

My fave was the profiterole, followed by the rocky road cheesecake, then baklava & pannacotta were equal thirds.

I couldn’t really taste the smokiness of the baklava, it was overly sweet though so that might have overpowered any smoking flavours and the pannacotta was just a little too tart for my taste (fussy aren’t I?) but overall, a very lovely dessert.

The good – it was all pretty good – notably the profiterole and the scallops & abalone salad

The mediocre – the sizes? If we hadn’t already shared a pizza about 2 hours back, we’d probably still had the nibbles

The bad – nothing to see here ๐Ÿ™‚


The Smokehouse Restaurant

204 Devonshire Street Surry Hills

Phone: (02) 9699 1155ย 


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