After dabbling our toes into Autolyse through their dessert section, N and I finally ventured into their food menu. I’d read rave review after rave review about their food and especially their sourdough.
Of course, my first item from their food menu was the tomato, ricotta, greens bruschetta ($12.00). I have a weakness for bruschetta and this is a very generous bruschetta — it’s quite impossible to eat without moving much of a the salad off the sourdough first. But that’s okay because it was super tasty. Part of my aversion to salads, generally, is the exceedingly ‘green’ taste of some raw vegetables (like parsley, see below), but I liked greens chosen here (lettuce, rocket, basil). The tomatoes were firm and juicy (mushy overly ripe tomatoes are the worst). So this was tasty! I have plans to go back for this.
The second time I went to Autolyse, I had the chicken heirloom tomato salad ($13.50). I intended to order this the first time, but I will be forever glad I ordered the bruschetta because I probably wouldn’t have gone back to Autolyse if I had this first. When you call a salad a chicken heirloom tomato salad, you expect the chicken and the heirloom tomatoes to be the star of the salad. You certainly do not order the salad for the parsley or croutons. I’d seen quite promising photos of this salad with generous servings of tomato and chicken. Except this is what I got: an overly generous serving of parsley (which is definitely not my favourite — it tastes ridiculously ‘green’); super hard and chewy ‘croutons’ (I like my croutons crispy); and about 5 slices of chicken and 4 – 5 heirloom tomatoes. The disappointment with the salad aside, the accompanying sourdough was very pillowy soft inside and crispy on the outside.
On a later visit, I almost ordered the tomato and ricotta bruschetta again just to be sure. I was tossing between that and the mixed mushroom ragout on toast (an item I had not tried before). At the last minute, D also suggested I order the mixed mushroom ragout on sourdough to try something new. I’m glad I listened to D, because the mixed mushroom ragout on sourdough ($13.00) was absolutely delicious. The mushrooms (enoki and cup) were oh-so-buttery — you really cannot go wrong with mushrooms cooked in butter, I promise — and so, so generous. The enoki mushrooms were still crisp, while the cup mushrooms were smooth. It was really quite a tasty combination of textures. Invariably, the sourdough is crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.
Autolyse is located at Central Park, Lower Ground RB10, 28 Broadway Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008.