We said a short goodbye to one of Norwood’s favourite dining/bar destinations, Grace the Establishment and were reintroduced to Stone’s Throw. A somewhat subtle revamp in all the right areas. It’s like they’ve shaken off the dust and reinvigorated themselves to remind us of all the reasons why we fell in love with them and should get booking ASAP.
True to form, they’re oozing charm from door to door. The new Atrium dining room had us particularly weak at the knees though. There’s always been huge potential for the sun-drenched area but it was a relief to see they’ve actually done more with less. They’ve modernised without going overboard, using a clean palate of soft pastel aqua, marble and black and white detailing.
For us foodies, one of the biggest changes we’re seeing in restaurants is a move towards shared-style dining. And Stone’s Throw are right there at the forefront of the trend, now offering ‘Smaller’ and ‘Larger’ dishes. A once busy menu has transformed into a simplistic but gutsy lineup. You have a little bit of everything. From ‘TFC’ Thai Fried Chicken to Whole Fried Barramundi to Red Curry of Duck and Sticky Beef Shortribs.
Stand out dishes for us were hands down the Salmon Sashimi with tahini yoghurt, walnuts, herbs and toasted spice. As well as the Pan Fried Gnocci with pumpkin, chilli oil, woodside goat curd and miso butter (drool). Promise us you won’t forget the Gnocci!
Loved the dark timber and laidback vibes the Grace front bar brought us? Not to fear, there’s been some quirky additions and they’ve drummed up a bar menu that’s now more in line with the new culinary direction of the Atrium. There’s no questions as to why this is a neighbourhood favourite.