Do you need an excuse to have lunch with your ladies?

Um. You haven’t seen them in a while. …Ladies love eating lunch…Really,  you need another reason to meet up with your girls?

Well how about a fantastic lunch special at The Village in Potts Point, Sydney?

I was recently invited to try the Ladies Lunch at The Village and what a treat it was.

Ladies, you need to try their $39 Ladies Lunch. Think: drinks on arrival, antipasto, gorgeous starters, salads, pizzas and delectable desserts.

Over drinks, we started with an Antipasto share plate filled with yummy goodies like  two dips, toasted bread, roasted eggplant and capsicum and two cured meats. The colours were so beautiful and made me look forward to diving in to the meal.

 Antipasto share plate

Next up was a Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid served with a rocket side salad and aioli. I am not into fish, but Sister Sweet said it was really nice. I tried some of the coating and it was crispy, spicy and light – everything you want in a fried snack.

Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid 

To continue our starters we tried the Sicilian Arrancini of spinach and smoked mozzarella. I wanted these to be light and crispy but, to my tastes, they were slightly too doughy on the inside. I would try these again because it could have been a bad batch.

Sicilian Arrancini of spinach and smoked mozzarella

The italian themed lunch continued with a light salad of tomato with mozzarella, fresh basil and balsamic. I liked the sticky balsamic dressing.

 Tomato with mozarella, fresh basil and balsamic

I love when pizzas are presented on wooden boards. I was excited when the margherita pizza was brought to our table. It was crispy, simple and perfect with the roasted pumpkin with pine nuts, baby spinach and marinated feta.

Margherita Pizza

Only a small note – it would have been good to have serving spoons with the salads – it can get a bit messy on a communal table.

 Roasted pumpkin with pine nuts, baby spinach and marinated feta

At this point I was BEYOND full. Darn you highwaisted jeans. I needed to stretch my legs – which is code for snooping out the restaurant.

The Village officially opened earlier this year but has been enjoying a soft launch and slowly but surely gaining real popularity on the scene. The site was previously home to a nightclub, a Brazilian restaurant and I’m sure at one point I have eaten Thai here. Don’t worry, it’s had a beautiful make over!

There is a secluded court yard off the street and the garden-like feel continues inside with ferns and vines, and wooden chairs and tables. It’s monochromatic furnishings are peppered with quirky touches like wooden birds in bird cages, famous quotes scrawled on the ceiling and around the bar, and gorgeous Marilyn Monroe portraits.

I stumbled back to the table just in time for dessert. I have incredible timing.

We had been smelling the crumble baking in the kitchen for about an hour so Sister Sweet and I knew we had no choice but to share the alternate drop desserts of chocolate fondant and apple and berry crumble.

 Chocolate Fondant with berry coulis and vanilla bean ice cream

Oh. My. God. These desserts were fabulous. Seriously, I would pay $39 for the pair, and with the lunch too – you are getting amazing value for money. The chocolate fondant was gooey and perfect with the raspberry coulis. I loved the ice cream, but it was tricky to eat with fork rather than a spoon.

 Apple and Berry Crumble with vanilla bean anglaise

 This is a great crumble. I think it was made with a brown sugar and it was fantastically crunchy.

Sister Sweet and I vowed we would come back and try the other items on The Village menu – including more pizzas and cocktails, Sunday brunch, etc. Yes, definitely the cocktails.

Ladies Lunch at The Village

1 Kellet Way
Potts Point 2011

Enjoy for $39 each with four ladies or more on Saturday and Sunday between 12 and 4pm.

To book, call The Village on 02 8084 6057, contact info@the-village.com.au or visit: http://www.the-village.com.au

Sister Sweet and I enjoyed a complimentary Ladies Lunch at The Village as guests of The Village. My thanks to The Village and The Mews PR.