Two friends and I planned to go to Brecon Street Merchant for lunch, assuming they were open, showed up at 12.30pm sharp to find out they opened at 2pm. So we came back for dinner. The doors were wide open, with a barman giving us a warm welcome.
The 1920s prohibition period style has a classy interior, dark lights and comfy red sofas. The restaurant had a big fire place in the middle, which was not lit up, but I imagine would create a cozy atmosphere in the winter. The only downside was the lack of people when we arrived. A table of four next to us was the only one occupied.
and fries ($22) or three-hour slow cooked beef ($22.50).
However, the menu was dominated by hot pressed sandwiches served with shoestring fries and a dipping sauce.
My friends ordered sandwiches, one vegetarian ($15.50) and one chicken ($16.50). The chicken sandwich had crispy coated chicken breast with spinach pesto. Extra bacon or cheese was available ($2). The dish was ‘‘yummy’’, with spicy fries being a perfect addition to the sandwich. The vegetarian sandwich ‘‘The Toupee’’ had courgette, red onion, potato, red capsicum, mozzarella, mushroom and walnuts.
I was told the sandwich had a nice mix of flavours and ingredients, but the crunchy walnuts were questioned. I wanted to be different and ordered the mac ‘n’ cheese snack and chicken nibbles ($10 each) with celery, carrots and a blue cheese dipping sauce on the side.
I completely missed the fact that the chicken was hot. It even said Hot Hot on the menu - oops. And when the nibbles arrived the sauce surely was super spicy.
Thankfully the veggies and a mac’n cheese snack cooled down my burning mouth. when we were dining around 7pm and it wasn’t busy, so maybe only two staff members was the right number. The food was served to us rather fast, and the cocktails were served first.
I thought it was lovely how the barman had a heap of ideas on the virgin cocktail for the sober driver and went through each option describing the flavours. He was keen to create something new, mixing my favourite flavours, even thought it was not on the menu.
We did not get water served to us and we were not told where to get it from either. I needed it to put the fire out when I had that Hot Hot chicken. We spotted a table with water and glasses on the far end of the restaurant and helped ourselves to it.
Pressed sandwiches and mac’n cheese croquettes, $10 and cocktails at The Brecon Street Merchant.