Modern Australian fusion restaurant, Lodge Tapas, in the heart of Lane Cove, has been operating for three years, tempting diners with tapas inspired share plates to unique dinner menu options.
Situated directly opposite the Lloyd Rees Bandstand in the Plaza Section of Burns Bay Road, Lodge Tapas provides a casual, family friendly environment, where diners can enjoy a hearty breakfast, coffee and cake, a leisurely lunch or a three course a la carte dinner
Lodge Tapas offers specials throughout the week including “kids eat free” every night after 5 pm, when an accompanying adult orders a main course, plus every day is “happy hour” from 4pm-6pm with beer, cocktails, wine and tapas dishes offered at discounted prices. Their Mexican Fiesta menu on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 pm is another great option.
Driving from the Eastern Suburbs to Lane Cove is a breeze, taking only 20 minutes thanks to the freeway. Parking is not a problem, with on street and parking lot spaces available.
On arrival at Lodge Tapas we were warmly greeted by their friendly staff, then shown to a table at the front of the restaurant where we could watch the passing parade.
We tried selections from both the Lunch and Dinner Menu as we wished to taste a range of their popular dishes.
The Beetroot Cured Salmon with Pickled Vegetables was a perfect starter to get our taste buds going. The delicate flavour of the salmon was given a boost by the pickled vegetables.
The Warm Wild Rice Salad that followed included apple, rocket, endive and cashew nuts proved to be a very satisfying balance that lead us into the Hand Made Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms, Goats Cheese and Truffle Oil. The soft pillows of gnocchi were perhaps the best we have tasted and would recommend this dish to pasta lovers as one not to miss. After trying many versions of gnocchi, both in Australia and around the world, we believe it to be one of those dishes that really sets chefs apart, and we are happy to say that the gnocchi at Lodge Tapas is first class.
When the Zucchini Fries with Zatar and Aoili arrived on the table, we could not stop eating them.
We found room for the Double Cooked Pork Belly with Granny Smith Apple Puree, Grilled Scallop and Vegetable Chips. The pork was juicy and delicious with perfect crackling. The grilled scallop was a welcome accompaniment, as were the crunchy vegetable chips.
We could not do justice to dessert so decided to take home two of their treats from the selection of baked cakes and biscuits, that are made on the premises. Sugar free and dairy free desserts are available.
Owners, Matthew and Marketa Lines’ philosophy on food is that it needs to be full of flavour and cooked to perfection. Sydney born Matthew has been in the hospitality industry since finishing school 25 years ago. With a passion for service, Matthew loves being able to offer people a great experience. Marketa grew up in the Czech Republic in a hospitality family who owned 3 restaurants, where she waited tables and learnt the family business.
Head chef Kyoung Sub Cha is responsible for the flavours. Arriving in Sydney from South Korea in 2003, he has worked at Aria, Westin Hotel & Wolfies/Waterfront. His menu is modern Australian with an Asian influence that canvasses dishes from all over the world.
Lodge Tapas is open Monday-Saturday 7.30am to 10pm & Sunday 7.30am to 4pm
24 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, NSW, 2066 Phone: (02) 9420 1629 www.lodgetapas.com.au
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond