This is a cool new small bar in my sister’s neighbourhood that we’ve been wanting to try for a while, but many things (including Dry July) got in the way. Now that alcohol is back in my life (although I’m drinking a lot less than before) I got to enjoy a Kelly Smith’s cider while chomping on complimentary nuts. The nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts) are served in the shell, alongside a nut cracker and a paper bag to dispose of the rubbish. This is not only cute and clever from a business point of view (cheaper per weight, longer shelf life, less actual edible material provided to the customer) but it’s also good for the customer because it makes it harder to go nuts on the nuts (overdoing nuts can be a problem if you’re trying to lose weight or if you have problems with digestion, absorption or inflammation).
Kelly Smith’s cider, Crabbies ginger beer ($9 each)
We were sad to find out that the signature chips are beer-battered. Fortunately, there were a handful of other items for us to choose from. My favourite was the humble ploughman’s supper with vintage cheddar, blue, gypsy ham, and pear & cider marmalade.
Ploughman’s supper ($18)
The slow cooked corned beef with pickled vegetables and horseradish cream was my next top pick. Yeah, the meat was a bit dry and not as tender as expected but it went well with the pickles and the horseradish cream.
Slow cooked corned beef ($17)
The smoked ocean trout pate comes with garden vegetables and salted rosemary crackers, but we got ours sans crackers. It was beautifully presented but sadly on the bland side.
Smoked ocean trout pate ($14)
The Chip off the Old Block
3 Little Queen Street
Chippendale NSW 2008
(02) 9318 0815