Henson Gastro Pub
91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
(02) 9569 5858
The Henson was a great find. It’s fun, open and family friendly. There is a very welcoming atmosphere when you enter into this place. There were plenty of people of all ages here. Retirees, mothers groups with babies and young children who could play in the back section with a cubby-house and toys, and also young professionals on their lunch break.
I really loved the shelves of sauces, spices and cutlery. There were five different salts you could spoon into little plastic containers to put on your food or particularly on fries I think.
- Soft shell CRAB BURGER, old bay coleslaw, ice-berg, sriarcha & chips ($16)
- Smoked corn, celeriac, silverbeet & habernero chowder hot sourdough ($13)
- Rhubarb, quince & cider + oat crumble, buttermilk ice-cream ($10)
The soft shell crab burger. Delicious, big thumbs up. The soft shell crab was perfectly cooked, crispy, tender and succulent. Henson believe in and use free range, organic, hormone and chemical free meat & poultry & sustainable seafood. The coleslaw was refreshing and well balanced. The fries were well cooked and moreish. I really want to try the Karaage CHICKEN BURGER, pickled greens, charred onion, miso mayo & chips; and the PORK BELLY BURGER, pickles ice-berg, kimchi kewpie, jalapeno, mustard & chips next time around.
On to the ‘chowder’. I thought it was a full-hearty and warming soup. I probably would have labelled it a soup more than a chowder.
It had good smokey and acidic flavours coming through. I thought it wasn’t that moreish a dish though. I still was left feeling I wish there was something extra that made me go back for another spoonful. The bread was fresh and warm and the butter was of high quality and quite delicious.
Last but not least, the dessert. I really loved the buttermilk ice-cream. It is not thick and creamy, it is more like a sorbet consistency, but I still really loved it against the crunchy oats and tangy/sour taste of the rhubarb and quince. Well done.
Value for money: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 30.5/40