It’s a red letter day when you try a new restaurant and it manages to tick all the boxes on deliciousness and is a stone’s throw from home. Jackpot. And so it is with our familiar friend Bourke Street Bakery which has introduced an After Hours restaurant for dinner. I’ve talked previously about the important role of your favourite neighbourhood restaurant and on this I’m a little spoilt for choice.
I will however need to make a little room in the restaurants I have on rotation because Bourke Street Bakery After Hours service and food is terrific.
Have been in love with the industrial style fit out since Bourke Street Bakery moved into Potts Point, and it’s amazing to see it transform into its night time identity. The space that’s normally stocked with the neighbourhood’s fave pastries, muffins and cakes is now the home to the restaurant’s ‘little bites’. A selection of nibbly crostini, small snacks and the spot where the incredible smell of Raclette is originating. The smell is intoxicating and I could smell it from the street as I approached.
We start with a selection of snackettes, the Heirloom Tomato with Goats Cheese Crudites ($7) and the Kingfish Crudo on Wafer ($7). Tasty little morsels. We also try the Chick Pea Pancake with Socca, Parsley, Tomato, Chilli & Sesame Dressing ($6) which is served with a topping of tomato and tahini tasting dressing. Mixed reviews at the table with this – one for and one against that dish.
It’s on the larger plates though where I start to think I might never cook a weeknight meal at home again. The Spatchock with Green Beans and White Anchovy ($29) and the Duck Confit Salad with Pancetta and Horseradish Mascarpone ($19) are both so good you’d be tempted to throw out your pots and pans and eat here every night. (If one could live on virtually nothing but poultry for dinner, which could be a stretch for me.)
Point of my story. Yum.
Am already familiar with the Spatchcock with Beans and White Anchovy after seeing it whipped up on Gourmet Traveller this month and really enjoyed ‘eating in the live’ prior to me attempting it at home. The spatchcock is tender and tasty and the accompanying garlicky beans the perfect accompaniment.
The Duck Confit Salad is gorgeous and all of my favourite things in a bowl. Perfectly tossed frisee, radicchio and witlof, cripsy pancetta, tender duck and the horseradish mascarpone is an unexpectedly great addition. This is the dish that I will come back for again and again in the way that people head back to Wilbur’s place for their Pork Roll or The Apollo when they’re craving lamb.
So if there’s one thing that is surely going to be a shoe-in at this establishment it’s their Custard Tart with Rhubarb Ice Cream ($14) and this is our selection for dessert (after the usual argument over the chocolate option). It’s a far cry from your fluroscent yellow tuck shop versions (though they have a place in my heart/stomach also). It is silky, elegant, creamy goodness on a perfect shortcrust pastry. Poor Rhubarb Ice Cream. You can hardly compete as you melt and pool quietly in the corner of the plate.
And that’s a wrap. It’s like a French Bistro has moved in up the road but without any of the stuffiness or formality because this is our bakery! We head off knowing that we’ll be back not just for the Duck Salad but because we’ve yet to try the much talked about Raclette, the Chicken Liver Pate and the Eggplant (amongst other things).
46a Macleay St (Enter via Crick Ave) Potts Point | +61 2 9569 3225