As part of recent renovations at The Bank in Newtown, the huge, multi-faceted venue now comprises the front street-level bar, back beer garden, a mezzanine level and now Upstairs – a Wednesday to Saturday late night venue focused on cocktails and live music.
|Pinball machines at Upstairs at The Bank, King Street, Newtown|
|Upstairs outdoor seating|
|The Upstairs space|
It's pretty much a dedicated cocktail bar, miles away from the usual pub cocktail list; perhaps representative of a growing appreciation for cocktails among today’s drinking crowd.
|Two Birds Golden Ale|
|Hot beef jerky|
A perfect bedfellow with beer, the beef jerky was surprisingly good with cocktails too. The dry strips of beef, peppered with chilli flakes, tear into stringy pieces that are salty, meaty and deliciously chewy.
|Smoked oyster tin, crème fraiche, tabasco, crackers|
|Fried chicken, kewpie mayo, kim chi|
The wings were beautifully juicy inside and matched spectacularly with kim chi fermented cabbage and of course, Japanese mayonnaise which seems to go well with everything.
|BBQ duck sausage rolls, HP sauce|
|Crumbed mozzarella,'saltimbocca', tomato vinaigrette|
|Crumbed mozzarella,'saltimbocca' insides|
|BBQ pulled pork, red cabbage, chipotle, mayo with shoestring fries|
With a shiny, sesame seed-topped bun stabbed through with a knife - to cut and to hold it in place - it was about the largest burger I've seen in Sydney; chock full of smoky BBQ pulled pork and shredded red cabbage, finished with a spiced chipotle mayonnaise.
|King crab club sandwich, McClures pickle crisps|
The highlight of this dish was the McClures potato crisps; a US import of dill pickle flavoured crisps. The flavour of these chips is unbelievably spot-on, combining the sandwich accompaniments of potato crisps and a pickle.
|Speck, (mushroom), roast onion pizza|
The rectangular pizza arrived with a liberal topping of melted mozzarella cheese and a notable absence of mushroom. Nonetheless, the speck and onion made for a tasty combination on the medium-thick crust; though why the rectangular pizza was cut into hard-to-manage triangular wedges was beyond me.
Food, booze and shoes dined at Upstairs at The Bank as a guest, with thanks to Agency G.