Shelter in the Woods
22 Greenwood Avenue
Shelter in the Woods, Greenwood Avenue’s new “tavern”, serves up hearty European fare (think pies, quiches, pig-on-a-spit) and a wide range of macerated rums.
The signature drink ($7.50) of basil-infused Belvedere vodka, lychee rose rum, citrus and grenadine smelt divine; it had a dry hit followed by some sweetness, but it wasn’t overpowering.
Chicken liver and foiegras parfait served with toast ($13.50) was melt-in-the mouth. The country-style pork terrine ($12) was also good, but, as always, if there’s even a whiff of foiegras on the table nothing else gets a look in.
Next were the pies. The seafood pie ($11) of hake, prawns and mussels marinated in chilli crab sauce, was a hit. The chicken pie ($10) had an interesting creaminess to it, which came from a layer of Emmental cheese in the middle.
The star of the meal was the rotisseried suckling pig ($35), served with silky, creamy mash and gravy. The pork was so tender it just seemed to dissolve, and the skin was deliciously salty and crispy.
Chocolate tart with salted caramel and peanuts ($7) was a favourite, and the Saint Honoré($8) went down well too. Chosen from the specials board, it’s a bundle of puff pastry, caramelised sugar and crème chiboust (think millefeuille cream).
We enjoyed a 2010 Buisson Charles Bourgogne ($15 per glass; $70 per bottle), before polishing off some of the restaurant manager’s “babies”, his flavoured rums ($7.50).
I will definitely return, hungry and with my drinking boots on.
Must-try dish:Rotisseried suckling pig