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Barrel Bar & Dining, Cremorne

Barrel Bar & Dining launched last night in Cremorne bringing a new wine bar and dining destination to Sydney’s lower north shore.

Occupying the space that was formerly Wooden Spoon, you’ll find it along Military Road near the Cremorne Orpheum theatre, opposite Minskys and a few doors along from The Cotton Thief.

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Owners and sommeliers Stephen Thompson and Tony Binning who have previously worked together at Public Dining Room in Balmoral and Aqua Dining in Milson’s Point are bringing their combined experiences to a neighbourhood style bar and eatery that feels well established.

With a sleek dark fitout and a chic New York bar feel, Barrel Bar & Dining is an inviting place to drop in for a glass of wine and stay to enjoy share plates in the courtyard at the rear of the venue. Two barrel style tables with a hollow centre that holds a bucket of ice make it ideal to huddle around with friends over a fine drop and tasty share plates.

An enticing menu by chefs Zac Stanning and Luke Davenport (ex Mr Wong, Public Dining Room, Cottage Point Inn and Jamie Oliver’s in London) has a focus on produce with a French, Italian and Mediterranean slant. You’ll find 25 changing dishes ranging from lighter snacks to the more substantial appealing to share plate diners as well as those who would like the more traditional three course dining.

Highlights of the menu include Tequila infused Huon salmon, beetroot puree, balsamic pearls, roasted hazelnuts ($19), Seared Alaskan scallop, edamame puree, compressed apple, red vein sorrel ($18) and the delectable Cured King Prawn, coffee and vanilla jelly, pine nuts, micro coriander ($17), a combination of flavours set to become a signature dish.

The wine list is extensive with a focus on boutique wines from smaller producers, with many by the glass, and has been selected to match the contemporary European menu.

Barrel Bar & Dining is the type of bar that every neighbourhood needs. From Sunday to Thursday, for just $10 a bottle, patrons can bring along a bottle of their own wine which will be paired with dishes recommended by the team. What better way to dust off that special bottle of wine ageing in your cellar and make a booking.

Barrel Bar & Dining opens on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

Barrel Bar & Dining
3/362 Military Rd
Cremorne, NSW 2090
Ph: (02) 9904 5687


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.