Second visit to Husk Bar; Brewery, Roastery and Café as I needed to give them another chance. Hubby humoured me and was keen to try this place for Sunday lunch. First visit was with my adorable French/Kiwi friend Annick, we loved everything but it was spoiled by the service from a middle-age grumpy waitress, Fortunately she was not here today, so hopefully has moved on. Everything today was just fabbo. Phew.
The decor and ambience here is uber cool. Husk is hidden down an illuminated laneway off Ghuznee St, with only a wine barrel and Karamu coffee sign outside. The art, lights and greenery are just lovely, and the potted plants up the aluminium stairway are a nice touch. You can dine sort of undercover outside, which is good for groups, but we chose to sneak inside as it started to rain. Inside has more ambiance. At the entrance there is a mix of bar stools/tables, and on the lower mezzanine, more tables and booth seating (yea-ah), You’re surrounded by beer making vats, so it’s quite trendy industrial, New Yorkish style. The music is cool too. I love the deer head that just happens to sit comfortably on the wall above, minding its own business.
The menu is small and a little different. They recommend sharing plates so you know this means small portions. Last time, I had the fried chicken which was delish, but I needed a side of the twice-cooked chips. Unfortunately they don’t offer any side salads or greens as which is annoying for us healthy peeps. Girlfriend enjoyed her caprese salad, however she was still hungry so shared my carbs. They have yummy homemade bliss balls, slices and scones at the counter too.
Today I chose the Reuben sandwich (and I always think of my American friend Ruben). His wife Ronda follows me avidly, so a big shout out to you today Ruben. The combo of corned beef, sauerkraut and gherkin took my fancy, even though I was pondering the Duck Confit burger. Hubby loved his chicken and we shared a pottle of chips. Our meals were served on wooden boards with yummy majos for dipping. My sandwich looked very average on arrival and small; not a patch on Dillanger’s, but it was still very tasty. When you lifted the top bread slice, the beautiful pink colour of the meat with the sauerkraut was so appealing. You can also get lighter snacks here like crumpets, muesli, toasted gingerbread or tacos, nachos or egg dishes.
Of course being a brewery, bar and roastery, they have a very good drinks list. We finished off with something tame and lame; hot choccie and espresso, but they were great. Service was faultless. I think next visit, we’d come with friends and check out the cocktails, wines and beersies. Maybe I could share the Duck burger along with the pork or brisket tacos and have the toasted gingerbread with marscapone for dessert! Who’s keen?