Traditional Irish pub with a twist. That's how I described it after hubby asked me to sum up our dinner.
He found it by chance searching for a new place to try and I was sold when I checked on their website that, 'following the tradition of an Irish farmhouse, we make as much of the food as possible, in-house – hand-churned butter, freshly baked breads, sausages, puddings, bacon, all are handmade in-house'.
|House baked soda bread|
The vibe at The Last Jar is pretty casual. The crowd at the dining room was older, the pub was a bit more boisterous, and they both serve the same menu (plus some sandwiches available at the bar).
It's a pretty authentic fare; all the staff at the dining room were Irish and the menu covers many traditional dishes.
|Crumbed garlic mushrooms ($9) and battered sausage ($6)|
We chose a few entrees to share and everything was amazing. I'm not a huge fan of deep fried, but I still loved both the mushrooms and the sausage. The dough was really light and crispy on both and they didn't feel heavy at all.
I also tried the special of the day cured king fish with pickled cucumber and crispy beetroot. It was a delicious combination of zesty flavours that matched the oil in the fish really well. Beauty!
|House cured king fish|
I chose the kale and bacon soup for main for something lighter after trying so many entrees. AND... I wanted to try The Last Jar's house cured bacon :)
Loved, loved, loved it! I'm a big fan of kale, so I'm biased. But this soup was so creamy, salty and tasty with the bacon - perfection.
|Curly kale & bacon soup ($10)|
Hubby really enjoyed the combination of flavours in the pork belly, but he missed the crispy texture.
|Pork belly with cauliflower puree, capers and slaw|
We had a great night at The Last Jar - highly recommended.