Half day Fridays at my workplace are a weekly little blessing. They are also a great excuse for myself and my workmates to indulge in FAD (or as we like to call them, Friday Afternoon Dates). The Ladies who Lunch (LWL) at the Village was a perfect excuse to grab lunch with a workmate and enjoy our Friday afternoon in style. At $39 per person for the delicious sounding LWL menu, who could resist?

We start off with an antipasto plate to share.

Herb crispbread, marinated olives, capsicum, eggplant, cured meats – salami, proscuitto, beef bressola and house made beetroot dip and hommous
I loved the combination of the herby crispness of the bread with the saltiness of the marinated vegetables and a smear of beetroot dip adding some sweetness. Yum!

Next brought out is a jug of fresh looking Pimms and lemonade with seasonal fruit

Crispy salt and pepper squid with sea salt, rocket, lemon and chilli aioli

Sicilian arrancini with spinach and smoked italian parmesan
This was absolutely delicious. I’ve only ever had arrancini once or twice in my life before and they weren’t great experiences. These warm cheesy rice balls went deliciously with the rich tomato sauce and the saltiness of the cheese – so good, it had me reaching for a second in no time!

Roast pumpkin salad with pine nuts, baby spinach and marinated feta
This is a classic salad – can’t go wrong with this one.

Caprese salad with Italian buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Having just returned from two weeks in Italy, this Caprese salad was a welcome sight and I have to say they did this salad justice. The tomatoes were fresh and flavourful and the combination of the fresh tasting cheese and sweetness of the balsamic is an unbeatable combination. Love that they used buffalo mozzarella as well 🙂

Margherita pizza
Another great classic Italian dish on the menu, can’t go wrong with a Margherita pizza!

Finally moving onto to dessert, we had some more classics on the menu.

Apple and Raspberry crumble with Vanilla bean anglaise

Chocolate Fondant with Raspberry Coulis and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

It didn’t take us long to dig into these delicious looking treats, and they did not disappoint.

The desserts were simply excellent – probably my favourite items on the whole menu. The crumble had a sinfully rich buttery crust which matched the tart sweetness of the berries and apple well. The creaminess of the vanilla bean anglaise finished it off perfectly.

I also loved the chocolate fondant, which did not have an overly cloying sweetness I often find in those sorts of desserts – and the vanilla ice cream really helped to cut through the sweetness. The addition of the tart raspberry coulis was an unusual addition, but I have to admit really added another lovely note to the chocolate and vanilla flavours.

In summary, I had a lovely time at the Village – $39 is a great price for a meal including starters, salads, pizza, dessert and drinks, especially in the city. It has a great atmosphere and would also work well for bigger groups, after work drinks and functions. It’s a great excuse to use to catch up with some girlfriends and I would certainly love to visit again. For those who are interested, the Village also caters for functions, bigger groups looking for a night out with some dinner, drinks and dancing and also caters for coeliacs (they offer gluten free pizza bases in all of their pizzas) and they also work towards pleasing even the most discerning vegetarians and vegans.

To see more pictures, including the function rooms and more of the Village, check out my facebook album by clicking here.

The Village has three set menus – the Ladies who Lunch menu ($39 per head), the banquet menu ($35 per head) and an a la carte menu. These can all be checked out online on their website.
Click here to check out The Village’s website

Cuisine style: Italian / Modern Australian
The Village is located at 1 Kellett Way, Potts Point NSW 2011
Phone number: 8084 6057
Chef: Tristan Johnson
Sous-chef: Peter Wade
Parking/Getting there: There isn’t a great deal of street parking in Potts Point, but there is secure 24 hour paid parking nearby. Alternatively, Kings Cross Station is approx a 3 minute walk away.

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Hope you have a fab week!