Well into its second year, The Stinking Bishops’ nighttime popularity continues unabated – especially on those pesky no reservation Friday and Saturday nights – proving that Sydney will queue for a decent cheese board. As for me, I prefer to fly under the radar on stolen Friday arvos to secure my own calcium hit.
A Three Cheese ($29) extravaganza with condiments and a plentiful basket of stuff to stick ‘em on gives you free reign to make your own selections from their ever-changing board.
On the floor, co-owner Jamie Nimmo is warm, knowledgeable and very happy to point you in the direction of a full-flavoured Brie, like the mushroomy yet buttery Brie Fermier from France. And even a confirmed turophile like me, encountered cheeses I hadn’t tried, including a gentle Swiss Toggenburger and pungent Gres D’Alsace, with a thin, moist, edible washed rind.
Nimmo is also in full command of the short but interesting wine list, adeptly matching the mineral-rich Bouchard Aine Chablis ($14.50/glass) to a tumbled jar of House-Pickled Mussels ($12).
Charcuterie Boards ($17/2) are generously proportioned, and presented with pickles and slices of Brickfields bread.
Super smoky wagyu beef and a rum and chilli salami are all you’d need to round out a meal, perhaps with a salad and some Pub Pickled Eggs ($2.50/each) on the side?
The Beetroot, Cucumber and Rhubarb ($17) salad wants for some dressing, but does stay true to the things-that-are-good-with-cheese theme with scattered crisp, pickled rhubarb pieces throughout.
Throw in a cleansing Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($8.50) and you have a queue-free way to kick-start any weekend.
The Stinking Bishops
Shop 5 - 63/71 Enmore Road, Newtown
Ph: (02) 9007 7754