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Ladies Lunch at The Village, Potts Point

I was recently invited to sample the Ladies Lunch at The Village in Potts Point.  It’s been a while since I had a girly get together so I thought this was a great opportunity for a bit of fun and a chance to catch up with some of the other Sydney Food Bloggers.

The Village offers a set menu on a Saturday and Sunday for groups of girls who want to have fun.  When dining out with a large group of girls, especially if it is a hen do, I sometimes feel that many establishments would rather you not be there, but The Village is welcoming groups of women with open arms. No more feeling like you can’t have a giggle and let your hair down.

I don’t venture down to Potts Point that often, but every time I go I’m never disappointed.  If I lived locally I could image The Village to be a regular hangout.  It is essentially a pub, but unlike the majority of Sydney pubs it does have some cozy corners to hide in as well as the more European feeling courtyard and bistro.

There were around twenty of us eating the Saturday I went and they did a great job of catering for such a large group, which gives me confidence for more intimate gatherings.

Like any good shared meal we started off with a generous antipasto platter.  I made a beeline for the bresaola and prosciutto and made sure I didn’t fill up on bread as I knew there were a number of other courses to come.

The beetroot dip came as a bit of a surprise but it was a welcome surprise and it added an unusual element of colour to the antipasto plate.  I think you’d also be satisfied as a vegetarian, as the eggplant and tomatoes were good.

The meal is designed as a series of sharing plates. Next up, salt and pepper squid…

…swiftly followed by the arancini, served with a tomato sauce, Parmesan and basil.

By this point I was starting to get full, but there was still more to come.  I’m a bit fussy when it comes to pizza, and I only really enjoy the traditional Italian style, but The Village did well with the Margherita.  Although The Village do have a more extensive pizza menu, the Margherita is always a safe choice when feeding a crowd, and actually one of my favourites.  I don’t order pizzas that have too many toppings, so this one was perfect for me.  The pizza was also served with a pumpkin and spinach salad and a tomato and bocconcini salad.

As if all that was not enough, there was also dessert.  There are two choices distributed around the table as alternate drop like a wedding reception.  I was glad I was with a friend who was willing to swap, as I definitely had a preference for the gooey, chocolate pudding. Heaven in a pot, this was definitely the highlight of the meal for me.

The crumble was also good, but I don’t like custard, which is what put me off that one.

So what are you waiting for? The Village is the perfect place for your next girlie get together, and good value at $39 a head for all of the above food plus a jug of Pimms.  This offer is available Saturday and Sunday lunchtime for a minimum of 4 people per booking. Booking is essential.

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Nic Cooks dined as a guest of The Village.


Comment from Christine
Time July 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

lovely photos! i loved sampling their ladies who lunch menu as well – great food and lovely atmosphere

Comment from Nic@diningwithastud
Time July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Awesome spread. I love everything on the table :) need to get the girls together for this!

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