We caught up with friend of DRNKS Ed Loveday - ex The Passage owner, the ‘E’ in everyone’s neighbourhood favourite ACME, and proud proprietor of newish Kings Cross spot - Bar Brosé’. Here we ask the man about wine, the dining experience and what to expect when you come to one of his premises.
For those who have yet to visit, what is Bar Brosé’ about?
Bar Brosé is a flexible experience. We open from 5pm so you can come pull up a stool at the bar for post work drinks, make a reservation for dinner with a large group or swing through late for dessert and a cocktail or one last bottle of wine. There’s also a snack menu available until 1:30am on Fridays and Saturdays, so it's a good post-shift meal option for hospo staff as well.
What do you think makes a great bar or dining experience?
For me right now, flexibility is key to a great dining experience. I like places where you can go for a drink, a few snacks or roll out a full blown meal. As cliché as it sounds, Bar Brosé is the sort of wine bar we wanted to hang out in…and in a way I guess, is a reflection of the changing nature of Kings Cross and Darlinghurst.
Tell us about the potato dessert
The Crisp Potato, Brown Butter Mousse and Salted Caramel dessert is an ode to, and inspired by, Analiese’s time working with Michel Bras.
Favourite cocktail at the moment if any?
Favourite cocktail at the moment is a Brooklyn. It’s like a dryer, more aperitivo version of a Manhattan. Bourbon, Dry Vermouth, Picon and a few drops of maraschino liqueur.
Lots. Maxime Francois Laurent’s ‘Il Fait Soif’: it’s a fresh, lifted and perfumed Grenache/Syrah blend from the Rhone Valley. That one because it displays many of the same characteristics of his mum’s iconic wines (see: Domaine Gramenon) but with perhaps a touch more assertiveness. Tom Shobbrook “Beach”, a soft, easy drinking juice, with a touch of citrus and sea breeze….and TEXTURE for days. It’s a Chenin blanc from the Vine Vale in the Barossa Valley.
Giovanni Armani Giorgio (G.A.G) Rosso del Giorno. 65% Sangiovese (Barossa Valley), 35% merlot (Adelaide Hills) 100% stupefacente. Easy drinking, smashable italo-inspired vino ordinario, with cherries, black olives and a little cigar box spice. For good times, pair with techno and pepperoni pizza.
For saké I like Fujichi Shuzo ‘Kikutaka Kanazawa Kobu’. From the Aichi province (central Honshu) and established 1870, this sake is all about the balance of concentrated umami and acidity. It’s got that savoury dashi / soba noodle-like quality but with a vibrant, zingy finish.
Logistics for Bar Brosé’?
We take bookings for all group sizes, so if you hit us up on email@example.com or text us on 0450 307 117 there’s no need for wait times on tables. We’re currently open Wednesday-Sunday from 5pm and we’ll be rolling out Tuesday nights and Sunday lunches from mid September.