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Hearth & Soul - CLOSED

This conscious cook's latest venture will have you dining with the seasons.
By Libby Curran
September 06, 2019
By Libby Curran
September 06, 2019

Rachel Jelley has already earned fans with her seasonal pop-up feasts, which centre around natural food and conscious dining. Now, the cook's philosophies have a permanent bricks-and-mortar home, thanks to the opening of Newtown eatery Hearth & Soul.

Celebrating locally sourced, organic and pasture-raised produce, Jelley is aiming to reconnect diners with what's on their plate. Speaking to that more mindful food experience, there's a custom open kitchen — which also hosts a program of conscious cooking classes — plus a communal feasting table and a lounge area opening onto the kitchen's own organic herb garden.

As for the eats, Mother Nature's bounty reigns supreme across a seasonal menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes on weekends, as well as a dinner service from Thursday–Saturday.

You might find yourself tucking into a hearty pot of slow-braised lamb and barley, teamed with flavours of bay, rosemary and thyme ($30), or maybe handmade gnocchi starring pea tendrils, broad bean shoots and green garlic sauce ($27). Winter offerings also include the spiced sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce ($12), as well as seasonal sips like the mimosa-inspired blend of crimson snow apple, wild orange and prosecco ($13). Meanwhile, a largely local selection of wines and brews rule the rest of the drinks offering.

Images: Yasmin Mund

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