Head to Darby St and taste test Autumn Rooms’ newest foodie creations
The cold weather has well and truly set in at Newcastle, and there’s no better way to make the most of the cooler months than by heading into a local foodie haunt and creating your own little cosy oasis.
To get you excited about where to head out to this winter, we dropped by the Darby St favourite, Autumn Rooms, to discover their newly launched Winter menu. Chatting with Head Chef, Dylan Hunt, we hear all about some cracking new favs worth discovering and which classics remain on the menu.
“The vibe of the menu is pretty bang on with what you would associate with Autumn Rooms in the cooler months. It's cosy and inviting, very comforting and it’s a really nice way to start off your morning.
“The menu also gives you foods that are familiar to you, but just with our own Autumn Rooms twist and vibe to it… the menu is a collaboration of ideas from all members of our kitchen, which is a really nice thing, and everyone is really proud of what we’re producing.”
Sitting right in the middle of our cooler months is where Autumn Rooms really shines. Showcasing not only their moody interior vibes but really highlighting the kitchen's ability to offer top-tier winter warming café food.
The new menu launched in early June, which means that the kitchen is well and truly well-versed in pumping out their new dishes. So, let’s get to it! What exactly can you expect on the menu?
“We try to keep everything as seasonal as possible, that’s why we change our menu every three months. You’ll see cauliflower, potatoes, pumpkins, and brassica veg featured heavily throughout the winter menu. All in season, and at their absolute best.”
First and foremost is the crowd-favourite Autumn Rooms Crumpets, but this season with its own unique Winter twist.
“Our Winter version of our Crumpets is a must-try. We use a super floral green tea from a local supplier, The Tea Collective called ‘Buddha Tears’, make a syrup out of it, and fold it through crème Fraiche. We serve that on top of a walnut honey oat crumble and a blueberry-vanilla jam.”
Next up are the iconic, hearty, and truly tantalising flavours of the Green Bowl.
“The Green Bowl is also a bit of a sleeper dish, it’s surprising how packed full of flavour it is! Combining classic Asian flavours like mushroom dashi, miso, and soy with beautiful brassica vegetables, which are currently in season. It’s served warm with poached eggs, smoked chilli oil and a miso grain cracker; it’s a meal that will warm you up!”
For those who love as many carbs as they can get their mouths around, the Chicken Linguine is an absolute must-try!
“We slow cook, then pull chicken in a zesty green marinade, serve it with chimichurri, creme fraiche, peas, rocket, and pangrattato. Not your traditional pasta by any means, but we like to put our own spin on things, and this pasta is an absolute flavour bomb!”
The new all-day winter focussed menu features over 15 different meals, all worth their time in the limelight. Alongside some of the new creations available, you can still expect to see a selection of Autumn Rooms Classics including the B&E Roll, the Wagyu Cheeseburger, and the Eggs Benny with Spicy Glazed Thick Cut Bacon.
“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback so far. People have been really interested to try out the new items. We really like when someone tries something they may not usually get a café, and then end up loving the meal!”
The new menu will be available through the cooler months before changing to a fresh menu for the Spring season.
As always, this local favourite eatery continues to work with a bunch of local producers to ensure your dish is filled with the very best local and seasonal produce. Working with the butchers over at Hunter Valley Premium Meats, the team at Newcastle Greens, Gourmet Foods, Fruit Brothers, and Papa Als Bakehouse.
“We would just like to thank the Newcastle community after a tough few years with lockdowns, climate disasters, and inflation etc. for sticking by us through it all. We wouldn’t be what we are without the community.
“All of our staff at both venues also deserve a massive shout-out for working extra hard to keep our customers happy, and for making such a nice working environment!”
Whilst the team has launched a brand-new overhauled menu for the Darby St venue, you can expect to see a handful of the new gems over at Autumn Rooms Coffee Bar at Stockton including the Smokey House Beans as well as keeping their classic toasties like the Croque Monsieur and the Brekkie Toastie, and introducing some new flavours like the Sopressa Toastie, and Sumac Roasted Cauliflower Toastie.
Whether you’re a weekly, or even daily regular at Autumn Rooms on either Darby St or over at Stockton, or are needing an excuse to get out of the house these cooler months, drop by Autumn Rooms and taste their exquisite new menu before it disappears with the arrival of Spring!