One of the newer restaurants to pop up at Westfield Chatswood is Kingston & Co., which offers quite an extensive range of food choices in a lovely garden bistro-like setting. The outdoor area was already packed by the time we arrived on a Friday night, so we settled for a comfortable booth inside and ordered a few starters to share, beginning with cheesy ham and potato balls. The creamy potato mash mixed with ham and cheese, encased in a crisp crumb is the very definition of comfort food.
Next, we had the bbq chorizo which was juicy and spiced just enough. The potato chats were not particularly crisp and did not add much to the dish.
We were all rather interested in how the ‘prawns on toast’ would be constructed and it became apparent that this was not the easiest dish to eat neatly. The juicy garlic prawns were delicious and went well with the crunchy toasted bread slices, so it was definitely worth the effort.
I was expecting something a bit more golden brown when the fried chicken wings arrived. The skin was still quite crispy, albeit slightly too salty and the chicken was very tender and fell right off the bone. The chilli flavour actually came from the accompanying sauce, which was somewhat disappointing, as I would have preferred the flavour to have been present in the chicken itself.
The crackling of the pork belly was reasonably crunchy and the meat was neither too fatty or dry, which are my usual concerns with pork belly dishes. It could have done with some more seasoning, so I was grateful for the delicious spiced apple sauce which worked perfectly with the pork.
I’d had my eye on the Angus beef brisket which my dad ordered and I have to say, it was probably the most interesting of the mains. The beef had been braised in a sweet BBQ sauce, which, combined with the rich Hollandaise sauce over the top created a lovely and unusual flavour sensation that I really did not expect.
According to my sister, the Moroccan lamb burger ‘did not taste Moroccan enough’ and the lamb patty was a little dry. She did, however enjoy the eggplant and the garlic yoghurt and noted that the fries tasted like McDonalds fries (they definitely did).
The Wagyu pie was really just a fancy version of a meat pie – the flaky puff pastry on top was crisp and the braised beef was very tasty.
Considering the size of the main courses we’d ordered, dessert seemed a bit of a stretch, but I find it very difficult to pass up banoffee and I’m glad we tried Kingston’s version, which was excellent. Fortunately, its texture was quite light, with the more subtle layers of mascarpone and caramel blending well with the sweet caramelised banana and texture of the biscuit crumbs.
- A wide variety of food to choose from, and quite large servings, as you can see from the photos. The dessert menu looks especially appealing and I’d definitely go back to sample a few more!
- Service was very friendly, however occasionally oblivious and it did take a while for our starters to come out, although it was quite busy that night.
Kingston & Co.
Westfield Chatswood, Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067
T: (02) 9419 5341
W: Kingston & Co.