55-65 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Gin & Whisky Bar Oasis in CBD
Loving the new restaurant renovations at Verandah while I spy the bar next door is also very close to finishing. Complimentary sourdough bread by Sonoma Bakery is a yummy start. Oyster natural with mignonette dressing ($4) I'm told are shucked to order with some noticeable brine retained. Oyster Kilpatrick ($4.50) are done well for those who don't do natural. Very tasty with apparently a house smoked bacon that's neatly presented and packed on top with a dash of tabasco in the mix for a pleasant chilli kick along with other bloody mary style flavours. I'd definitely order these again.
Some lovely art of plating happening with the pretty dish of Citrus Cured NZ King Salmon, Swimmer Crab, Crème Fraiche, Cucumber Jelly ($19). Nice flavour combo with a good crisp fish skin on top for texture. My only preference would be a lighter mousse style texture for the crème fraîche so it's slightly less firm. Kangaroo Tartare, Native Spices, Saltbush Crackling, Fries ($18) is well-seasoned and finely diced with lovely flavour. The two pieces of pork crackling are excellent and my only wish would be for one or two more to help finish the tartare. A few extra slivers of cornichon and sliced onion wouldn't go astray as well. The saltbush on the menu apparently refers to the seasoning on the crackling.
No time for dessert on this visit but definitely hope to return to check them out. Promoting themselves as a gin and whisky bar you'll find a gin flight and whisky flight on the drinks menu plus a good focus on Australian gins in the pipeline. You'll be in good hands with bartender @cameronpascoe who I remember seeing on the reality TV show First Dates Australia hehe — I beat he has some great stories to tell seeing all those people meeting for the first time.