Time Out Sydney

Can this Newtown newbie live up to the buzz it's generating?

It’s a good time to be in and around the inner west right now. Marrickville is café central, Glebe finally has a few good bars, Stanmore is the proud owner of Sixpenny, and Newtown is kicking it up a notch with a revamped Madame Fling Flong, old favourite Bloodwood, and now Spencer Guthrie has joined the ranks. 

There’s a certain fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants attitude at SG, which has its own kind of charm. The waiters are all super friendly and any gaps in the service department are patched over with a thick layer of enthusiasm. They don’t have their liquor license yet, so there’s the tantalising opportunity to BYO something exciting and try the likes of roasted, raw and pickled heirloom carrots with a ground coffee/chocolate crunch. 

We’re hoping for a big pile of shredded bits when we order the lamb shoulder rather than the little pucks it’s served as, but still, the little meat missiles are well seasoned and the meat’s tender. It’s a shame we can’t say the same for the accompanying side of undercooked silverbeet with garlic and chilli, which should be all garlic-sweet and chilli-warm rather than hot-and-astringent. We can see where they’re heading with the dessert of chocolate cream layered with strawberry jelly, buttermilk ice cream and thick, chewy caramel crumbs – but it’s all a bit too gooey and cloying. 
If you’re a Newtown local, Spencer Guthrie is worth checking out. The room’s cute, with a little open kitchen, and we could well see plenty of folks dropping by with a bottle of wine and settling in for some fun. But with two out of three dishes missing the mark, we'd think twice before revisiting. 

Who won the bar awards?

First published on . Updated on .

By Myffy Rigby   |  

Spencer Guthrie details

399 King St, Newtown 2042

Telephone 02 8068 1080

Spencer Guthrie map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby

Earl's Juke Joint

19m - A dark room lined with pictures of jazz greats, and a deep wooden bar...

Cafe 2042

22m - There are 28 different types of cured meats living in the glass cabinet at...

Lentil on the Rocks

23m - Sydney has proved so enamoured with Lentil as Anything , the vegan,...

Lentil as Anything

23m - South King Street has recently become home to Sydney’s first Lentil as...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby

The Cosmetic Kitchen

5m - The Cosmetic Kitchen is a beautifully arranged store that stocks certified...

Repressed Records

49m - As well as being the go-to for local garage/indie/DIY releases, Repressed...

Three 5 Nine King

70m - At this Red Cross store in Newtown, shoppers can find rockabilly and punk...

Bodhi Books and Gifts

83m - Bodhi Books and Gifts on King Street has a range of vegan-friendly cookbooks...

More venues nearby

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus