Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm
Dinner Tue-Sun 5pm-9.30pm
Reviving an enduring neighbourhood bistro by attaching the new chef's name to the business signals that something special is happening at The Pot. Former Magill Estate chef Emma McCaskill has crafted a no-nonsense menu around strong technique and poise rather than pose on the plate. Simple comfort dishes strike deep notes of satisfaction - a lip-smacking snack of smoked eel on toast; fried pork buns with fiery sambal; a big bowl of hand-made noodles with crisp tofu and sesame broth. Main courses show more serious intent, led by the spicy pop of fenugreek crumbed chicken offset by slices of salt-baked celeriac. An eclectic array of wines hangs temptingly in riddling racks down one wall, and good by-the-glass choices are noted on a chalkboard above the refurbished open kitchen. The sum of crisp, unfussy service, honest, intelligent fare at sensible prices and a clever chef stretching her wings have sweetened The Pot anew.