25 January 2012

Zigi's: Launch of WineCheese Bar, Chippendale (19 Jan 2012)

86 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale NSW 2008

Smallest bar in Chippendale

Thanks to Zigi Ozeri for inviting me to his casual launch of the Zigi's WineCheese Bar. Sporting a humble smile he treated his guests to platters of different cheeses, olives, roasted nuts and some tasty homemade crisp bread. A small selection of beers and wines were available to purchase for $5 after you used your complimentary drink token/s. The bar downstairs is pretty tiny and would fit perhaps 15 at most while level 1 provided a private room and larger dining room to spread your wings a bit more. The decor was simple and included a display of old comics, newspaper clippings and retro packaging found during the renovations although I think some art from the local galleries would suit the space well. There was plenty of room in the training kitchen at the front to swing a cat or kangaroo for that matter where team building cooking classes are held. At the moment the bar is only open Friday and Saturdays between 4 til 10 pm with a glass of wine starting at a reasonable $5.50. Cheese platters are apparently suited for two people to share and contain 4 styles of cheese, each piece around 55 grams.

Current cheese list:
• Beaufort, AOC Ete Meule
• Brie, Grand Rustique
• Cheddar, Dorset Drum, Black Wax
• Washed Rind, Munster, Le Rustique
• Blue, Milawa
• Chevre, Saint Maure Bougon

PROS: Cheese and wine — what more could you ask for, Bar snacks seem reasonably priced and house bottles of wine are only $25, Cooking classes available
CONS: Located in the middle of no mans land so unless you're a local you probably wouldn't be passing by, Limited drinks menu, Limited space near to the bar
MUST TRY: Cheese platter with a glass of wine

Zigi sharing some cheese love

Olives, roasted nuts, cheese and crisp bread

Very tasty crisp bread with sunflower seeds and salt

Range of drinks on offer for the launch at $5 each

Bar area

Old newspapers and comic books found under the floorboards during the renovations

Drinks menu

Bar snacks menu

Zigi's Olive Oil and Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar I assume is for sale

Upstairs private room

Upstairs seating

Mirror mirror on the wall

Presented to Judge Zigi Ozeri in appreciation for refereeing the Defence Catering Excellence Award Competition 21-22 August 2007

I'm wondering if these pictures are the ones that came in the frame?

View from upstairs window

Stairwell lighting

Downstairs kitchen area

Good things happen in the kitchen — love the slogan

Zigi's Personal Chef Services

Is that picture frame supposed to be crooked in the toilet?

Friday and Saturday nights open for cheese and wine

Entrance via the side lane


Sir and M'Lady Dine Out said...

Like you said - who can resist cheese and wine. This sounds like a handy addition. Thanks.

Simon Leong said...

hi Sir and M'Lady Dine Out, and plus if it's at a decent price it makes it even better :-)

JoS said...

A fabulous addition to the neighbourhood I'd say. And Zigi is such a wonderful host. Put it on your must do list!

Simon Leong said...

hi JoS, glad you're enjoying the neighbourhood addition. Zigi is certainly a fun loving host.

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