Boasting a luxe fit-out blending contemporary design with Porter House’s heritage 1870s elements like wooden beams and original brick, Spice Trader fills the top floor of the striking space with a 14-metre green marble bar and polished hospitality.
The focus is on cocktails, with 12 signature creations inspired by the four key trade items of the past: ginger, coconut, cassia bark and coffee. As well as these signature sips, Spice Trader serves classic cocktails, tap beers, 10 wines by the glass and an extended bottle list to enjoy at the bar or in a cosy booth by an original arched window.
Like Porter House siblings Henry’s Bread and Wine and Dixson & Sons, the food menu at Spice Trader is Asian influenced, with a snack offering including sherry-glazed duck milk buns topped with fried garlic, or scallop and bug toast with house-made cho-gochujang. For special occasions, tins of Shark Bay wild scampi caviar are also on the cards.
Spice Trader is walk-in only, so you’ll have to try your luck blowing in on a trade wind.
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