You know when the list of places you’d like to eat in is longer than your forearm? Yeah, that’s me. Whether it’s lack of time, lack of sleep i.e. a night in on the couch is more attractive, or more important things to spend my money on (being an adult sucks), I often don’t get to some of the places I’d really like to eat at until they are very well established. Hatch & Co is one of those. I’m glad I finally got there though!
I had a long dinner with a friend there a couple of months ago, we only ever catch up every six months or so because we’re both pretty busy. Anytime we do catch up though, dinner is usually a pretty long affair. Anywho, the food. I was quite impressed with the food – there’s nothing better than simple and tasty. Quite often people get caught up in trends or fads where ten million layers make up a dish. That’s all well and good, but sometimes simple fare is the best. Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘fancy food’!
We picked a few items – chorizo, caramelised onion, goat’s feta, oregano pizza(pictured to the right); the beetroot hummus, dill, pistachio, feta, wood-fired flatbread (pictured above); and chips with chilli salt, aioli (somehow, I always manage to buy them and eat most of them), and sliders (it was a while a go, I THINK they were pork, but the menu has changed). Everything was really tasty. When we read the menu, we both looked up and said, ‘so, the chorizo and goats’ feta pizza?’ and it lived up to our imaginations. The beetroot hummus was really good, loved the flavours and textures – a pop of tang when you eat the feta is always welcome.
I also went back a couple of weeks ago for a colleague’s birthday dinner. We again decided to go with a few share dishes – the same pizza, the same dip, and the same chips (again, ate most of them…I really do like chips and the seasoning on these is awesome!) – that says a lot! We also chose the 16-hour braised pork shoulder, rapini, artichokes and pork jus (pictured to the right) with a couple of sides: crisp and shaved zucchini, toasted seeds, mint, lemon (pictured below), and the broccoli with garlic. Wow. The pork was to die for. If I wasn’t already full (damn chips), I would have eaten half of it on my own – it fell apart, was still lovely and moist and the artichokes matched perfectly.
The service wasn’t too bad to start with both times, but by the end we were desperately thirsty and there was no water to be found and no waiter. It’s disappointing, but I guess Hatch & Co is also a pretty popular bar so the staff may end up there?
I like the atmosphere of the room, I just hate the jars filled with pickled vege that have not handled their time in the sun very well. Apparently I’m just picky though.
I like Hatch and Co, I’ll definitely go back and as much as I like what I’ve already tried, I should probably try something else because it all looks pretty good!
Hatch & Co Post Office Square
Open: M-F, 7am – Late | Sat, 5:30pm – Late
215 Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD