New York-style cafe and restaurant Bowery Lane has opened up in the heart of Sydney CBD with a solid produce-driven menu, great coffee and cocktails. At the launch event I tried an array of their canapes and bites from the Bowery Lane menu.
The slider was a highlight of the night, filled with a perfectly cooked beef patty that had just the right amount of char on it and was still rare inside. The chefs kept it simple with cheese, pickles and ketchup: simplicity at its finest.
Also good were the salmon blinis. The small morsels perfectly drew out the flavour of the salmon and sat atop a pancake disc. The salmon is house smoked the waiter informed me as he swung around with a platter of blinis.
On the lighter side, there was a slice of cucumber topped with seared tuna and avocado. I also thoroughly enjoyed the asparagus wrapped in bresaola. An oyster bar was also erected in one of the rooms, allowing guests to pick a variety of vinaigrettes and sauces on the oysters.
On the substantial side, there were two whole suckling pigs that were carried from the kitchen to a pork roll station. We lined up to get roast pork in a roll with slaw. The pork was great, but the slaw could have used more flavour.
Bowery Lane's focus is on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients, and the dishes are updated seasonally. The cafe and restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coffee is by Single Origin Roasters.