I love going on road trips with Stephen. I sit in the passenger seat watching kilometre after kilometre of highway roll by, listen to "Be Yourself" by Audioslave (an excellent driving song) at full blast, and talking to Stephen about random things that pop into my head.
We went to Berrima for my birthday, because last time I'd been there I saw this awesome pair of gloves (so of course I made Stephen drive an hour and a half to get them). After exploring the shops for a bit, we decided to look for somewhere to have lunch.
Eating House caught my eye - there was no sign, but I could see people inside, and waitresses bustling about. We tentatively opened the door, feeling a bit self-conscious (in case we were actually walking into someone's house), but we were instantly set at ease by the bustling, efficient waitress/cook who gave us lunch menus and gave us a seat away from the mother's club that had set up HQ on one side of the room. While looking over the menu, we eyed the cottage chic decor with admiration:
We started with coffee to warm up a bit (it was FREEZING in Berrima). The blend was robust and bracing, and just what we needed to thaw out a bit.
Stephen ordered the Farmer's Pie, which is basically a chicken pot pie served with hand cut chips and seasonal vegetables. It was simple, but elegantly served. The chicken was served baked in a large ramekin, cooked in a creamy sauce that was studded with herbs. The chips were crunchy and wide, betraying their rustic origins, and the vegetables, steamed broccolini and mashed sweet potato, were perfect accompaniments.
I went for the lamb burger. The meat patty was cooked through, yet still lovely and juicy, with a slight bite of pepper at the end of a mouthful. Below the patty was salad, and above was eggplant, sweet potato, and herb pesto. The bun wasn't anything special, but luckily it wasn't too big, because that really would have been too much with everything else going on.
We went to the counter to pay, and saw they had some fresh danishes and croissants for sale, but we really couldn't fit anything else in after all that food.
Eating House really is a hidden gem, but I just hope they get a sign or something, it really is a bit hard to find. Once you do though, it's totally worth it - good quality comfort food, synonymous with Berrima, at an affordable price.
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28 Old Hume Highway
Phone: 02 4877 1125