I think I had seen a few breakfast blog posts about He Says She Says but it hadn’t really registered on my radar until I saw Ming’s post about a blogger’s dinner she enjoyed there.
The food looked good and when I realised it was around the corner from The Kiwi and KD I quickly had us locked in for a Friday night catch up.
Situated on the corner of Toorak and Camberwell Roads, He Says She Says is a large funny shaped space with a mix of freestanding and booth tables. They have done well to keep the noise levels down; we think the paintings on the ceilings help with this.
They hadn’t got my amended booking of five people (originally four) but were quick to set another place at our booth.
We were seated along the window which gave us a good view of the restaurant and service area.
Though in what KD referred to as a fail, the blinds on the window only go half way down, therefore blinding people with the setting sun. The staff were good about trying to rectify the problem. This involved sticking up a Movember poster on the offending window and blocking the sun from KD’s eyes.
The menu is short and concise but still left me being indecisive over three dishes!
To start with we shared hummus and Turkish bread and the chorizo and manchego croquettes with aji mayonnaise. Complimentary almonds were also provided.
I only had a taste of the bread, but it was lovely and soft. I can’t say no to a croquette and these ones were dense and crunchy.
For the main affair, KD had the wagyu beef burger, bacon, cheddar, iceberg, mustard, jalapenos, pickles, fries and onion rings.
The waiter had to talk her into keeping the jalapenos and once KD bit into them she decided they were too hot for her (I had a couple and they were particularly fiery) but overall she said it was a really good burger. J’s Cousin H was staying with us for the weekend and she commented on the way home that she had burger envy when this dish came out, and J and I had to admit that we did too! The three of us actually had the onions rings as KD doesn’t like them. We all agreed that they were oily and had no flavour.
The Kiwi and I both had the 250 gram classic scotch fillet, lyonaise onion, chips, salad and jus.
My steak was cooked just as I requested (medium rare) and was full of flavour, it was a lot better than I expected. They weren’t overally generous with the jus but considering the flavour of the steak it wasn’t really required anyway.
Cousin H had the risotto of pumpkin, radicchio, pecorino and mascarpone.
Prettiest risotto ever!
J had the pan roasted barramundi, morcilla, romesco, fennel, dill and pine nut salad. I didn’t get a photo of this dish but he was happy with it.
Between the five of us we managed to try three out of the four desserts on offer.
On the left we have J’s watermelon, halva, mint, rosewater and pinenut, and on the right is Cousin H’s vanilla pannacotta, strawberries, lemon curd and champagne jelly.
J didn’t go much on his dessert, there was too much rosewater for his liking, but I think that is more of a personal thing.
The Kiwi, KD and I shared the milk callabeaut chocolate fondant with mint ice cream and milk foam.
As you can see, it had the requisite gooey centre. And while the milk foam did nothing for me or KD, the bright green mint ice cream (which was underneath the milk foam) was the perfect foil for the rich chocolate.
When The Kiwi emailed me a few days later she said she enjoyed the “restaurant, the company and the food.” I totally agree with her.