What a difference 90 years and 40 storeys makes!
This beautiful beer cafe is housed in a restored 1914 St Patrick’s Girls’ School hall, sympathetically integrated with the neighbouring Cove Apartments designed by Harry Seidler and finished in 2004.
Start your Belgian beer adventure with Stella Artois ($9/330ml).
Its silky mouth feel and creamy mousse come courtesy of staff being ”trained in the ritual – the nine steps of pouring Stella Artois,” explains Manager Gonzalo Burgos.
He’s a Gallagher Hotels stalwart who’s been brought over to settle in their latest acquisition.
As he takes me through a matched food and beer journey he explains: “Belgian beers are all about cleanliness.”
My favourite was Leffe Blonde ($9/250ml) with a distinctive clove note that made it the perfect companion to Abbey Cheese Croquettes ($15) with pear jam.
The sweet jam made a nice counterpoint to Homemade Duck Rillettes ($18)...
...with sharp pickles (including pickled green olives) and fluffy rye bread, accompanied by Duval ($13.50/330ml).
The house speciality is Moule Kilo Pots ($30) of Kinkawooka (SA) mussels; I take mine ‘Roquefort’ with Chardonnay, cream and spinach.
They’re not bad with Peche Lambic ($13/330ml) - probably the nicest fruit beer I’ve tried – which also suits a salad of Brussels Sprouts, Roast Duck, William Pear, Hazelnuts and Honey Vinaigrette ($26).
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK segment on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 9th March, 2014: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-march-9
Heritage Belgian Beer Café
135 Harrington Street, The Rocks
Ph: (02) 9241 1775