Sitting tall and proud atop the escalators at Cockle Bay Wharf is Hunter and Barrel, a restaurant and bar dishing up their sophisticated take on the hunter’s way. With the crackle of the fire, the smell of slow smoked meats and their signature coal and spit rotisserie, they’ve hunted and gathered so you don’t have to, making it an excellent choice for your next steak night. Naturally, this mighty, meaty powerhouse of goodness is from the guys at Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group (the masterminds behind Meat & Wine Co, Italian Street Kitchen, and Ribs & Burgers).
We love a good share menu at The Urban List and these guys offer not one, but two, and they’re perfect for you and all of your hungry mates. Both offerings showcase why you’ll now be demanding all your meat be cooked on coals as you work your way through a selection of their favourite dishes. From juicy pork belly to roasted beef ribs and chicken, as well as beef rump cap that’s nothing short of epic and some seriously good wagyu sausages, the food here is seriously good. And meaty. One dish I just had to add to the mix was the slow roasted beef ribs. Oh. My. Gawd. Nothing like a slow roasted beef rib to have me salivating like one of Pavlov’s dogs and these babies are not only huge but absolutely delish. Hot tip, order them.
And even if you don’t make friends with salad, your vegetarian mates can still enjoy a quality feed at Hunter and Barrel. Their sides are a veggie lovers dream, think coal roasted corn with honey AND butter, perfectly grilled cauliflower, sweet and juicy carrots and thick cut chips, you know the best (and only) kind.
There are also five salads to choose from including radicchio with crispy onions and the perfect sprinkling of parmesan and balsamic, a potato and rocket salad with mustard dressing that’s just the right level of creamy and a chickpea grain salad that’s could be a meal in its own right but is also the perfect accompaniment to your slow smoked meats.
A great meal deserves an equally great drinks menu and these are damn right inspired. A well thought out collection of craft beers, wines on tap, as well as barrel-aged spirits and cocktails are on offer. If you have never had a barrel aged cocktail or spirit before, the time is now. We can’t go past the Connoisseur—this baby brings mix your own to a whole new level with a bottle of Mount Gay black barrel rum perfect for one, along with some freshly pressed apple juice so you can pour to your own taste.
And, as the proud creature of habit that I am, I of course gave the solera negroni a whirl. My first taste of 39-day-old barrelled negroni mixed with fresh negroni had me ordering another. If you’ve got thirsty companions, (or keep this just for you, no judgement here) a shared flagon of smoked margarita served with black salted glasses is a crowd favourite.
Leave room for dessert (or wear your stretchy pants) because you need the hot fruit crumble as well as the golden syrup dumplings in your belly. I’m not one for desserts normally, but these were superb and the right sort of, wait for it, because we are going there, level of moist. Cue drooling.
Hunter and Barrel is your perfect locale for a dinner date for two, a bro date over some brews, that sneaky mid-week cocktail or an all out meat fest with your mates. Some words of advice though, make sure you come hungry.
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