Sydney really has so much to offer and small bars and unusual restaurants are popping up everywhere. The latest craze is Gin Bars. The Powder Keg is a new small Restaurant - Bar situated at 7 Kellett Street, Potts Point in Sydney.
Kellett street has for many years been the location for great restaurants and bars. From the outside you might easily miss the entrance, so keep your eyes peeled just a few yards around the bend at the top of Kellett Street.
The restaurant is at the entrance. It has elegant decor with a modern twist using warm timber flooring, very comfy leather armchairs, banquettes and marble tabletops leading through with black and white tiles, transforming the small space into an eye catching area with old world charm.
The fabulous new venue is the creation of King mixologist Grant Collins ex-Zeta Bar, also famous for Ku De Ta and Potato Head in Bali along with James Young renowned for Buzo and Wine Library. The Powder Keg has only just opened two weeks ago but is already getting known about as the latest cool place to go any time of the week. Grant has even published a book called 'Mix It Up' details on his wonderful cocktails and light bites. It sells for $39.99 and you can order it online by clicking here.
Grant Collins - image from TPK FB
I arrived quite late, well after dinner which allowed me the full attention of the wonderful staff. I was instantly in love with the low amber lighting around the bar, it drew me like a bee to honey and I have to say the sight of all the different bottles of gin on offer was very enticing too.
The "G & T" historically a drink first produced in Holland by a 16th century Dutch Physician Sylvius de Bouvre as a medicinal concoction. Later its popularity exploded in the early 18th century, where Britain's farming industry used its grain to produce the much loved spirit for all to enjoy.
Gin would have to be one of the most versatile of distilled spirits. Tonics generally being slightly bitter with a quinine taste which on its own isn't suited for every ones palate, but with the expertise of Grant Collins, James Young and team. Gin can be mixed to suit all tastes from dry to sweet.
Our expert barman Sebastian explained that Gin being the most neutral of spirits with generally a base of juniper in distillation can be enhanced with a range of flavours from citrus, spices and botanical flowers creating all levels of taste. But the true talent is shown and proven by taste and the balance of flavours, not so much the quantity that creates the perfect mix.
Some very special Gins with amazing aroma and taste
The Powder Keg boasts to have over 100 different types of Gin on their drink menu. They also offer 3 choices of ice and one signature Gin style on tap. So I just had to start trying. I almost thought I could just keep inhaling the sweet aroma from the bottles all night as I couldn't believe how wonderful the aromas were - it was a hard choice. I went for the Edinburgh Gin with Elderflower essence; a sweeter light Gin as I was driving and my friend opted for the traditional Plymouth Sloe Gin which extracts maximum flavour from sloe berries. The barman also decided we should try the standard "G and T" using Beefeater Gin.
I was kicking myself that I was driving as I felt I could have stayed very late into the morning sampling all the Gins, not only due to amazing taste but the wonderful ambience in the bar. But as I am a light weight when it comes to drinking and memories of a James Bond dressed up night where my friends and I consumed way too many Vesper Martinis on a fairly empty stomach reminded me that it was of vital importance that I eat if I was to enjoy this fabulous Gin experience without hugging a porcelain bowl!
Head Chef Elijah Holland and Chefs Danny Russo and Roy Ner have created a tantalising menu with 16th century roots. Plenty of variety was on offer for any appetite. Click here for the main menu and they also offer a late menu.
On this Tuesday evening Chef Reece kindly offered to provide a tasty array of bar snacks for us to sample. Cured Salmon Fingers, Duck Schnitzel Lollipops, share plates of Oysters with a delicious Gin Sorbet on top. Our waiter Raffaele was very friendly and helpful, serving us such delightful late night treats and explaining the flavours.
I really didn't want to leave - there is such a lovely atmosphere, nice music playing and very comfortable seating. Being a person that has lower back issues I often find I can't sit too long at some bars or restaurants due to uncomfortable hard seating or too soft - but these lovely leather armchairs were just heaven to sit on and a very good choice for their fit out as I could imagine other patrons not wanting to leave either!
I wish I could of taken better photos but with the lovely low lighting the use of flash really just would spoil the whole look. So I suggest you check this venue out for yourself and I truly believe it will become a firm favourite for many. But do just catch a taxi or train to Kings Cross rather than drive so you can really enjoy the full experience of this wonderful new venue.