As many of you will know, we have a resident vegacaquarian in the Napoli household. This has meant a largely vegetarian diet for the family, with seafood every now and again. Regardless, the (Not So) Small People are die hard carnivores, and would happily demolish a steak every night of the week if it was presented to them. So when their birthday rolls around, and a special family dinner out is called for, the request is always for a steak restaurant. “Would you like to try somewhere new or somewhere we’ve been before?” I ask, when the big day is approaching. “Somewhere new” they say. So here we are at LP’s which I’ve been keen to try since it opened in 2014. It’s consistently scored a hat in the Good Food Guide Awards.
There’s plenty of wood going on, between the communal tables, the tables, and the long bar, next to which a giant ham is being carved. There’s a definite saloon vibe, and a cowboy hat or two would not go amiss. We are warmly welcomed and the staff all night are lovely.
I start with the chicken liver pate and it’s a winner. Great texture and flavour. I didn’t appreciate pate till I was an adult, and I encourage the Small People to try some. They don’t mind it. It’s served with some great big chunks of delicious sourdough rye.
The Marito doesn’t miss out, he starts with an Applewood smoked ocean trout, served with crème fraiche and capers. We are both pleasantly surprised by the generosity of the serve, and it has a lovely delicate flavour.
He also has an eggplant parmigiana with burrata. It’s not done traditionally but with crumbed slices of eggplant and stacked, which give it some nice texture. The burrata is gorgeous and creamy. The non meat specials change regularly; I notice a week later they have a crab with squid ink and spaghettini and would have loved to try it.
The Small People start with the sausage of the day, a cotechino. It has a good amount of spice and is really tasty though very rich and good to share.
Then comes out the 1kg t-bone steak. Beautifully cooked, they demolish it, though they do let me try a little bit.
On the side we try the potato gratin. The potato is sliced in paper thin slivers, and it’s creamy and buttery and delicious. We also have a green bean and radish salad; when we comment that someone has been a bit too heavy handed with the salt, they replace it with no fuss at all, a very good sign.
There is no capacity for dessert after that meat-fest; the Small People are happy and on their birthday that’s all that matters.
LP’s Quality Meats, 16/12 Chippen St, Chippendale Ph 02 8399 0929