The atmosphere of the small restaurant was very relaxed for a Saturday night, most likely due to the dimmed mood lighting and crooning sounds of Jack Johnson playing in the background.
The casual mood filtered down to the workers, with the waiter (who I believe is also the owner/chef/Michelin star winner) hardly speaking two words to us.
The menu was limited, due to the fact that the aim of the restaurant is to provide different meals depending on the fresh seasonal produce available. The meals we ordered were the venison, veg and goat cheese gourmet pie and the grilled potato gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and basil.
Unfortunately, the very chilled out attitude of the restaurant continued, with us waiting over forty minutes for our meals.
Luckily however, the meals really lived up to their Michelin star chef's reputation. Both dishes were full of flavour and the servings were extremely generous. The gnocchi was cooked to perfection and well paired with the cherry tomatoes and tzatziki like sauce. The pie was also very tasty and would be perfect to eat on a cold winters day.
The prices of the meals were also reasonable, with the pie costing only $19.50 and the gnocchi $24.50.
If you are willing to wait a while for your meal and not be swept off your feet by the service this restaurant is a great place for a hearty meal.
The Lyrebird is open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
Dinner menu - Saturday 9 March, 2013
Trendy setting and atmosphere
Grilled potato gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and basil
Venison, veg and goat cheese gourmet pie