For those calculating at home Kings Cross’ Bourbon and Beefsteak has been closed for almost three years following its closure in July 2010 due to water damage. The once Darlinghurst-strip staple has been a sad little structure all barricaded up, shut down and silent.
Well, as of this month the doors have swung back open and an all-new Bourbon with New Orleans style restaurant has opened in its place. Saturday night and the new venue has full support with every table full this evening.
The renovation is a major change from the room where I would play trivia and have a $10 steak. Cozy group tables in an intimate setting out the back, or a bustling dining room overseeing the streetscape in the front.
We started out by ordering a simple local offering, the Pacific Oysters ($4 each). Seriously beautiful. Like being dumped by a wave in the most perfect way. Spot on. And that’s pretty much where the relatively healthy eating ended. To accompany this relatively healthy starter we ordered the Grilled Alaskan Crab Clusters with Light Spiced Butter ($19 for 250gm). Warning, this dish is probably not a first date number. By the end of this course I was up to my elbows in sticky, spicy butter. It was fabulous and absolutely worth the messy effort. Order this.
For main we ordered the Blacked Tuna Steak with Charred House Spices, Apple, Fennel and Watercress ($28) I could do a separate post comparing apple, fennel and watercress salads – they’re everywhere! This version is absolutely delicious. The tuna comes with an unexpected topping – sort of a caponata style salsa but this complements the spiciness of the tuna quite well.
On the other side of the table, Darling Downs Sirloin served with Rainbow Chard with a cream and bacon sauce ($32). Holy heart attack, they’re not messing around with the butter on this one. Not surprisingly the dish is incredible tasting but I don’t think it’s for the faint hearted (or those with a heart condition). The steak is beautiful and juicy and the spicy bourbon butter it’s served with is mighty tasty – and there’s a lot of it. The Hand Cut Chips with Truffle, Parmesan mayo ($11) though complimentary probably weren’t necessary, but were good eating all the same. At the risk of being a killjoy next time I would have wanted all those butters, sauces and mayo served on the side so that I can manage my fat quotas – I certainly wouldn’t want to omit them altogether because they were delicious.
If you’re like me and don’t have a great deal of experience with American desserts, The Bourbon has the perfect introduction course via a Bourbon Dessert Platter. This is a sample of a range of the sweets including S’Mores, Pecan Tart, Pumpkin Pie and Lime Cheesecake. Though it sounded bloody fantastic, we weren’t up to the physical challenge of the tasting plate this evening, and instead opted for the Pecan Tart with Burnt Bourbon and Vanilla Chantilly ($12). It was well worth it. This elegant strip of a dessert was perfectly sweet with the accompanying sticky burnt bourbon sauce a perfect compliment. Try this.
This was a great night out and a great tasting feed. I felt like the menu and flavours were surprisingly unique for the Sydney dining scene, and I will be interested to see how our health conscious palettes respond to the generous servings of butter and cream on the menu.
Compared to my previous experiences at The Bourbon, this is a seriously ‘tidy’ night out. Though the amount of butter feels like it’s put me through a bit of a coronary workout, hopefully it’s nothing compared to what I’ve put myself through in other messy nights out in the Cross. The new menu is great and delicious and I would definitely be back to the new Bourbon.
22 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross | 9035 8888