Co-author of the ebook Secret Sydney Bars Walking Tour (Amazon). Reviews wine & craft beer bars and pubs, Asian restaurants and other places open late. Please visit my blog for more of the same from around the world https://www.TravelWineFood.com
Published January 14th 2018
Surprise sangers and crafty beer
Miss Moses in Brunswick
Sandwiched between a hairdresser's and a cafe, Miss Moses is a nice little surprise tucked away near the Anstey end of Brunswick's Sydney Road. Wooden floorboards, brickwork and an old style bar with modern taps, stretches to a tabled area and down to a beer garden at the back.
One of the Owners of Miss Moses
Relaxed and Laid Back
The relaxed and laid-back style of Miss Moses will have you wanting to stay a lot longer than you might expect. Being a small bar, and run by James and Paige, a husband and wife team, we were delighted by the warmth and hospitality of two people who were quite passionate about what they wanted their bar to be like.
We'd arrived during a busy period but James was still able to spare a moment to chat with me about a number of things regarding Miss Moses, and the main thing he wanted for his customers was for everyone to feel the friendliness and unpretentiousness of the place. I'm pretty sure he succeeded as that was the vibe I got there. He made sure everyone felt welcome, and I saw him speaking with most of the groups of people that were there on the night whenever he was able to leave the bar - several families with their young kids, along with a birthday party group and a number of couples.
Of course, you're reading this to find out about the beer and food! Well, there's a hidden team at Miss Moses working behind the scenes cooking up a culinary storm, organising the latest craft beer taps and wine lists, the fridge full of hard-to-find tins and bottles and all sorts of other things that will probably surprise you. (Next time we go we'll definitely have to try the bottle of Sierra Nevada's Ovila Brown Ale!)
We ordered the Harvest Ale and the Mornington Brown, which went down easily. Ideal for the rainy and windswept day that we went. I then tried the Boomtown Blend No 3 Red which was a light and fruity Nero D'Avola, while my partner tried a can of the flavourful Philter Red Ale.
Ham n Eggs and Tokyo Roll
We also tried a couple of their sandwiches. The Tokyo roll, a bun with crunchily cooked calamari, and a large sandwich unpretentiously called Ham n' Eggs which turned out to also have cauliflower, pickles, jalapenos and other ingredients in a massive sandwich that could never fit in both our tiny stomachs! The addition of some jamon serrano was what made it so unique, and it was our favourite part of the sanger. A great meal and worth checking out.
At the bar
As guests of Miss Moses and WeekendNotes for the first part of the night, we spent some time looking around the place, taking photos and making notes about what we liked. After that period was over, I said to James that we'd like to stick around for a bit longer as paying customers, as we were enjoying the vibe, music and atmosphere. We then bought something we now know will be our first choice whenever we're there.
You have so got to try the 'Crispy hot bastard chicken ribs'! These are chicken wings in crunchy and spicy sauce. They looked so good we even forgot to take a 'before' photo! Hopefully, Miss Moses will put one up on their Facebook page soon!
Of course, being a Star Wars fan, I encouraged my partner to buy a pot of the New England IPA called Jedi Juice, and she wasn't disappointed. A cloudy, citrusy style beer with a great finish. Grab one before the keg runs out. They have a constantly changing tap list, so check out Now Tapped to find the latest taps available.
The beer garden at Miss Moses on a rainy day!
All in all, we thoroughly recommend Miss Moses. For the vibe, the hospitality and the amazing selection of drinks and food on offer. Check it out Wednesday to Saturday.