Posted by Jenny L on Monday, March 10, 2014 with No comments
Residing in one of Melbourne's most famous hipster alley ways, you will find Nieuw Amsterdam snuggly tucked in on Hardware Street. A New York style eatery and bar, Nieuw Amsterdam has given Melbourne a whole new definition on American cuisine.
Pork Trotter and Ham Hock Nuggets
You come to Nieuw Amsterdam for these crispy little piggies, you'd be crazy not to. Its a salty, melt in your mouth picture of excellence - a gelatinous combo of braised pork trotter and ham hock nuggets on a rich deep brown burnt onion jam. Each bite-sized piece balancing a thin disc of apple and delicate onion flower, these nuggets were an absolute winner.
Expect four fresh and juicy scallops with a nice bite to them. Among these scallops, there’s the lightness of the thin shavings of cucumber, the creamy roundness of the avocado mousse, the sweetness from the mango gazpacho, and the crunch of the fried shallots with a faint spice.
We also shared the Grits Fritters, as it was highly recommended by many. The golden cubes of grits were soft, velvety, and went extremely well with smooth sweetcorn puree and the earthy body of the heirloom beets. Topped with finely grated manchego cheese, this dish is what I call 21st century comfort food.
A hidden gem dimly lit by candle light, Nieuw Amsterdam is the place to be seen at this year. Classy, sophisticated, yet comfortably casual. Food is taken seriously here, with quality ingredients and great attention to detail when balancing flavours and textures. Nieuw Amsterdam may be new to the scene, but is already turning heads left, right and centre.
106-112 Hardware Street