Chester Street Bakery & Bar is officially opening today Friday, 9 August 2013 and has been running test kitchen sessions all week to put the menu and staff through their paces. What’s not to love when businesses troubleshoot before they go out into production (silly IT reference)?
Here’s a little peek at what we had at the first test kitchen session.
My favorites were the Spring Creek Mountain chips that are wood roasted in duck fat with truffle salt (so freaking good), creamy hommus with spiced lamb and pine nuts with olive sourdough (our feedback was the sourdough slices should be more generous to mop up all the silky hommus) and the passionfruit tart.
What I regret missing out on (due to a lack of stomach room) was the Chester Street wagyu burger with avocado, provolone, tomato relish on brioche. That baby looked amazing and tempting when it got delivered to the other end of the table. It demands attention.
Chester Street Bakery & Bar will be open seven days (8am-5pm) and six nights, Tue-Sat (6pm till late). For lunch, they will offer light options, such as savoury quiches, filled baguettes and foccacias, pizzas and hearty salads – available to take away or eat at the bar, deck, their long wooden share table or upstairs overlooking the venue. The SO and I have been dropping in on weekends to pick up freshly baked breads (sourdough, ciabatta, baguettes, light rye and combinations like olive and rosemary, and wholemeal oat and honey) and haven’t passed up a chance to grab some of their pizzas yet.
At night, Chester Street Bakery & Bar’s focus will shift from coffee and bread to dinner and drinks. While the bar’s menu has simple but tasty bar food, their drinks menu is equally impressive. There are plenty of wines with about 5 regular and craft beers, and a cocktail menu overseen by the group’s Bar Director Perryn Collier. We asked the waitress if they would do virgin versions of their cocktails, but were told the only non-alcoholic beverages were soft drinks and lemon lime bitters. Since then, we’ve checked in and been assured the cocktail menu will be more teetotaller-friendly.