By Robert Goodwin

    This was my second time at Bar Thyme and it has been exceptional each time. It is such a cosy, unpretentious place with elevated, beautifully cooked food.

    This time my friend and I opted for the generous $75 per person ‘feed me’ menu, which offered a great selection of starters such as bread with delicious nori butter and a fresh yet decadent Heirloom tomato, fresh fig, goat curd and basil salad.

    I always love it when a main course is the actual main attraction and this was certainly the case with the perfectly cooked, juicy sirloin with sumptuous Cafe de Paris butter sauce. This came with thrice-cooked chips.

    The delicious journey had to come to an end but at least it did so with a rich, indulgent version of chocolate mousse with crunchy candied nut trimmings. It was indescribably good. The service is terrific, staff are attentive yet relaxed and up for a good chat and laugh along the way. The wine list is extensive, global and interesting. It includes plenty of fresh, zippy Pet Nats and skin contact wines, which certainly went down a treat on the warm night when we dined. The menu is adjusted regularly but in my experience and from what I hear, the quality never wavers. Bar Thyme is such a great local place for a date, special occasion or when you just want something special.

    Bar Thyme: 227 Barkly St, Footscray

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