My regular readers will already know about a wonderful little gem of a place in Mosman Park called Suburban Table. People often ask me where I recommend they should go for dinner and I often point them in the direction of Suburban Table – it has an interesting menu, with Asian fusion as well as favourites like steak and gnocchi.
Chef Josh Prosser, along with his partner Kelly, kindly invited us down for dinner as a thank you for the post I wrote on their tasty frozen meal range. I’d put the dinner off for a while, as I wrongly assumed the restaurant wasn’t the type of diner that you’d take kids to – it’s quiet and quite up market. It turned out that we were very wrong and Suburban Table offers a kids menu after all.
Chef, Little Chef and I arrived for an early dinner at the Stirling Highway restaurant. Found in a inconspicuous in a row of shops, the entry is up a herb lined walkway from the rear car park. We were warmly welcomed by Kelly, who usually runs the front of house, but these days is often in the kitchen helping out with their busy frozen meal business. We were in safe hands with their other friendly and professional wait staff in the cosy and intimate dining room.
First we enjoy our entrees. Chef loved the twice cooked lamb ribs, $17. Meaty and tender lamb ribs are coated in a tempura batter – making them deliciously crisp on the outside. This tasty entrée is accompanied by a green chilli harissa with fresh chilli and coriander.
I absolutely relished the tempura soft shell crab with dipping sauce. I’m a sucker for soft shell crab and this Asian inspired entrée was excellent.
Little Chef loved his fish and chips, made from high quality fish. He’s quite happy to sit quietly as long as he’s got some colouring or the ipad. As long as your kids don’t run riot, I think that Suburban Table is a great little spot for an extra special family meal.
Our mains are brought out, along with some tasty looking sides – some simple baby broccolini with an orange butter and toasted almonds. How ever are we going to eat all this delicious food?
For his main dish, Chef chose the crispy skin pork belly, $36. A generous slice of pork belly topped with crunchy crackle sits in a bowl of Thai red curry. The fragrant curry is brimming with pak choy, lychees, bean sprouts and Thai basil. Chef declares it the best Thai curry he’s had. I have food envy – though my main is just as tasty! I just find it very hard to resist a slice of pork belly!
I enjoy a curry, $38. The spicy goat curry, with roasted peanuts and banana leaf wrapped rice has a rich depth of flavour. The hose made flaky roti is perfect for mopping up the last of the sauce. I don’t want to miss a bit!
The portions are very generous and so Chef and I couldn’t even manage dessert, not even a shared one. Suburban is one of those consistently fantastic restaurants. I can’t recommend it enough. The food is very well executed. Much of the produce is sourced locally, to ensure its freshness and also to support fellow local businesses.
The Suburban Table has a strong following of loyal locals, who would be happy to keep this place their little secret. A big thank you to Josh and Kelly for another wonderful meal, we thoroughly enjoyed it.