evokes Manhattan style. Yep, this is a place for the grown-ups
BOUVIER BAR: REVIEWED BY DAN STOCK
IT TAKES me a moment to realise what’s missing from Bouvier, a dark, moodily stylish bar in the beating heart of hip East Brunswick.
And then it hits – there’s not a beard in sight. There’s a couple of tradies drinking white wine over here, a quartet of chunky jewellery sipping martinis over there, and various datenight duos dropping by for a bite and a tipple. We’re all over 30 and can hear ourselves think over the music. Plus, we seem to be as excited about what we’re eating as what we’re drinking. Call it the joys of adulthood.
It’s just one of the welcome surprises that Adrian Richardson – of La Luna in Carlton and various TV shows – has in store at his new bar that channels Upper East Side Manhattan style.
Simple, unpretentious and rakish in charm, there are stools by the bar for a bit of banter with the staff and tables at the back for a quiet tete-a-tete.
It’s where the booze is good – worldly wines join $10 pints of Furphy on tap and blood orange margaritas – and the food, even better.
There’ll be a more extensive menu once the kitchen is properly fired up, but for now garlic prawns between buttered white bread toasted crisp makes for a great snack, as does a cheddar-heavy roast beef and onion jam number. Both come with pickled onions so good they almost overshadow the main event. Fennelspiked sugo-swimming meatballs and gnocchi take care of heartier hungers, while charcuterie and cheese is expectedly excellent.
With dark walls brightened by huge bouquets of fresh flowers, linen napkins, hefty cutlery and table service with charm, Bouvier is a bar for adults, by adults, from a class operator. But just because we’re grown up, doesn’t mean we’re old – there’s a 3am licence, and it gets put to good use.