It was buzzing in there, really busy!! We had to sit at the bar because there were only big tables left, and by big tables I mean tables of 4. They really don't like to waste perfectly good seats at Crosstown so be prepared to share a table if it's just the two of you going! Before I start, let me tell you a little bit about this place. It's relatively new, it only opened a few months ago so it's still trying to get all the elements right - and doing a pretty good job so far. They largest tables they have seat a maximum of 8 people, they are fully licensed and don't allow BYO. They also don't do reservations AND they don't do any coffees with the exception of a short black because they don't want people to come in, order coffees and hog a table for hours. If you want a coffee, go to Pearl Cafe across the road! The food at Crosstown is meant to be shared so all the dishes are pretty small. An adorable thing they have there are bag hooks underneath the bar and also at most tables! Sooo practical and clever.
Ok, on to the food! They had changed the menu since the last time we went there which was nice so we ordered a lamb cutlet with minted yoghurt ($9) - where else can you get to order ONE lamb cutlet?! Love it! We also ordered 3 oysters ($9), duck liver paté ($12) and a white anchovy, roast garlic and toast dish ($16) as our entrees. The lamb cutlet was better than the last time I had it there - juicy, tender and savoury and the yoghurt a nice cool touch. The oysters were served oh-so-fresh, with a wedge of lemon and they were delicious and very creamy! We were tempted to order more, but wisely decided to save our stomachs for our mains. Of course, the paté was for T and he said it was very nice and creamy. The mini toasted bread looked really cute and T fed me a small bite of toast with pate on it and I nearly vomited (still trying to acquire the taste for it but miserably failing). The anchovy dish was one we'd had before and it is a very interesting looking dish with the roasted garlic being a whole bulb of garlic cut in half and roasted. The anchovies in oil were nice and sour and put them both on the toasted bread, you get a nice burst of flavour in your mouth.
Crosstown Eating House
23 Logan Road
Phone: 07 3162 3839
Monday & Sunday: Closed
Tuesday: 6pm till 12 midnight (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Wednesday to Saturday: 12 noon till 12 midnight (kitchen closes at 10pm)