Looks can be deceiving, and last night I learnt a lesson in what you see isnít always what you think you are going to get. Looking for somewhere to have dinner, my friend suggested Bar Líunico at Hurlstone Park. As we arrived I saw a few chairs and tables outside, and a table and chairs inside. I told her I was starving and I didnít think that they sold anything more than coffee and light snacks. She told me they had a full menu and to trust her. This was her daily coffee supplier, and on arrival the staff all knew her and gave her the warmest welcome. My first impression was thinking how that friendly greeting toward her immediately drew me in. They greeted me as though I had been there a thousand times before, and suddenly I found myself in conversations with staff as though I had been there a thousand times before. Bar Líunico has only been opened a few months, and yet the amount of people coming and going, you can see that in that short space of time, it has already built up quite a reputation in the area.
Front of Bar L'unico
During the day there is a cafť menu for breakfast and lunch. After 5pm, the dinner menu starts with a variety of food that you would find in any well established restaurant.
We started with Bruschetta ($6.00). We were offered a choice of having it the traditional way on sliced bread or on a pizza base. We chose the pizza base. Freshly diced tomatoes, garlic, basil and Spanish onions all mixed into olive oil on a pizza base. The base was light, soft and fluffy. The tomatoes were fresh, and the smell of basil was lovely. I loved that it wasnít over powered by the onions. They were more of an addition. The diced tomatoes were the winner on the plate. This was definitely the perfect way to start.
For mains we both chose the Mushroom Chicken ($18.50). The chicken came with a salad. However, it was served separate which I preferred. The chicken was perfectly grilled in the most beautifully creamy mushroom sauce with a hint of garlic, and an abundance of mushrooms and shallots. I absolutely enjoyed this meal. It was simple yet done really well. Personally I would have loved a few vegetables to go with this meal, however in saying that it was quite enjoyable and filling.
Creamy mushroom sauce
The Rocket salad came with the main. (On its own, $8.90). Our eyes ate before our mouths. The presentation had us eating long before we had it on our plates. The mixture of rocket, Spanish onion, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts all mixed in a delicious dressing was really refreshing.
Crisp and refreshing salad
A quick short black to finish our meal off, and we were happy.
A nice finish to the night
From the outside it seems very small, and as I mentioned at the beginning of this article my perception was that I didnít feel we would find anything of substance. I was proven very wrong. Bar Líunico has a beautiful menu. The food is of an absolute high quality; the produce is fresh, and the quality that ties it all together is the staff. Daniel the owner, Theo and Andrewís personalities, customer service, and attention to detail topped off what was a really great night out.
Where: 4 Crinan Street Hurlstone Park NSW
Why: Great food and friendly service
Cost: Entree starts at $4.00. Mains start at $13.50. Pizzas start at $9.00.
When: Monday & Tuesday 7am - 4pm. Wednesday & Thursday 7am - 4pm & 5pm - 9pm. Friday 7am - 4pm & 5pm - 10pm. Saturday 8am - 4pm & 5pm - 10pm. Sunday - Closed.
Good for kids: There is a kids menu
Take away: Yes. Also available is home delivery and catering for functions.