Chester Streets is both bakery and bar!
Tiernan Silcock | On 21, Aug 2013
I have never been one to pass up on an opportunity to try a new restaurant â€¦ so imagine my delight at being invited to taste test as much of the new menu as possible at the Chester Street Test Kitchen!
The talented team responsible for venues such as Alfred & Constance and Alfredoâ€™s has once more come together to produce the eclectic marvel that is Chester Street.
The savvy entrepreneur Damian Griffiths, alongside wood oven expert Denis Benson, designer Alexander Lotersztain and Executive chef Jocelyn Hancock have created a venue that is a combination bakery, bar and eatery.
Throughout the day Chester Street is a laidback resting stop, serving their signature sourdough bread, fresh coffee, quiches, baguettes and other delicious bakery treats available for a casual snack.
To entice the lazy weekend soul, there is a boozy brunch menu that offers a mixture of treats ranging from dainty muesli dishes to big breakfast options that are sure to fill your belly.
At night, the full menu of savory wood-fired eats and full bar tempt the trendy night wanderers looking for a place to relax with friends.
Lucky for me, the chance to attend the test kitchen allowed me to stuff my face full of as many of the menu items as possible, alongside other like-mined passionate foodies.
The dinner menu boasted rustic, home-style dishes and bar bites with a quietly sophisticated spin; such as spring creek mountain chips, wood roasted in duck fat with truffle salt.
My favourite treats tried throughout the night:
Bar Eats: Braised Leek & Bacon Croquettes $12 and Creamy Hummus with Spiced Lamb & Pine Nuts, Olive Sourdough $14
Main Plates: Wood Roasted Pork Belly, Radicchio, Apple & Quince $28
Dessert: Strawberries, Vanilla Cream and Crushed Meringue $15
Cocktails: Vodka Maid with vodka, mint, cucumber, lime & sugar
In terms of value for money, the serving sizes were on the smaller end of the scale. However, this being said, Chester Street is the perfect place to go with a big group and order a collection of smaller meals to share tapas style.
Lotersztain, the designer responsible for newly opened venue Depo , has cleverly crafted the space, with beautiful clean lines, bright pops of color and both indoor and outdoor dining areas reflecting the malleable environments of day and night.
Chester Street officially opened on Thursday 8th, and I have no doubt the multipurpose space will become quickly popular within the valley scene.
Definitely a must try for all the food obsessed Brisbanites â€“ and make sure you try some of the amazing sourdough … it is definitely worth the guilty carbs!
32a Chester Street, Newstead, Brisbane, Queensland
P: 07 3852 4130
BAKERY – Wood Fired Sourdough Bread, selected pastries, sandwiches and salads
Wednesday to Sunday: 8am – 5pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am till late
DINNER & Desserts
Wednesday to Saturday: 5pm till late
BRUNCH / LONG LUNCH
Saturday & Sunday: 9.30am – 4pm