With two bars already in Crows Nest and Zetland, The Stoned Crow has spread it’s wings once again and opened it’s doors to the people of Chippendale. Last Wednesday I went to check out The Stoned Crow’s newest addition on Broadway with a night full of food and drinks. Although smaller than it’s Crow’s Nest counterpart, the bar makes up for it’s size in style. Exposed brick walls, hanging foliage and an eclectic array of objects add to the bar’s old style with a modern twist.
To begin with, I ordered myself a signature Vera Green cocktail ($16.90). Although this isn’t the type of drink I usually order, I was pleasantly surprised. The cucumber and aloe vera juice add a freshness while the limoncello gives the drink a lovely tang. These ingredients, along with some Hendrick’s gin made for a very delicious drink and I found myself ordering a second.
To accompany my drink, I tried some of the items from the “To Share” menu. First was the Arancini Balls ($11.90) made from mozarella, parmesan and fontina cheese and served with a side of spicy mayonnaise. Although the menu suggests these plates are for sharing, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to eat it all myself. Crispy on the outside with soft and gooey cheese on the inside with the perfect amount of flavour; my mouth is watering just thinking about them!
It’s hard to follow such a delicious dish but the Homemade Pork and Beef Meatballs ($12.90) definitely stood their ground. Served in a chunky tomato sauce, the meatballs were moist and bursting with flavour. Along with the meatballs we also shared a plate of Spicy Buffalo Wings ($10.90) that were marinated in warm Louisiana sauce and served with a choice of blue cheese dip or creamy ranch dip. If you’re not into super spicy food but like just a little kick in your chicken, these wings are perfect! After we’d crunched through the whole bowl we found ourselves licking our fingers clean to make sure we got every drop of that delicious Louisiana sauce!
Before the mains came out, I decided to order another signature cocktail. This time I chose the New Jersey Moonshine ($16.90) made from Lairds applejack, Fireball cinnamon whisky, bitters and apple juice. With the warming cinnamon whisky this cocktail was more of a winter drink than the Vera Green while still having the sweetness of apples. Served in an understated tin mug, this drink is perfect for someone who wants a yummy drink without all of the frills.
I found this drink complimented my Chilli Chicken Burger ($14.90) really well. Made with crumbed chicken, American cheddar, tomato, lettuce and served with house-made mayonnaise and chilli sauce, this burger really hit the spot. I’m a self-proclaimed chilli-holic so I absolutely loved it, however if you don’t like spicy food this could be a bit much for you. I also tried the Cheese Burger ($14.90) made from Angus Beef, American cheddar, caramalised onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and BBQ sauce. This was more than just a regular cheese burger, with the sweetness of the caramalised onions complimenting the tang and smokiness of the BBQ sauce. Delicious!
One of my absolute favourites of the night was the Peking Duck Pizza ($11.90 for 9″, $22.90 for 12″). Crispy Peking duck, hoisin sauce, shallots, cucumber, coriander and an orange, star anise and cinnamon glaze aren’t exactly usual pizza toppings but they worked really well. My first bite tasted just like my aunt’s Peking duck rolls, except in pizza form! I was so surprised. Just like a Peking duck roll the freshness of the cucumber and coriander balance the richness of the duck and hoisin sauce perfectly.
To accompany my dessert I tried a White Chocolate Passionfruit Martini ($16.90). This signature cocktail was definitely the sweeter of the three drinks I tried and was almost like a dessert in itself. Made with cake infused vodka, white chocolate and passionfruit, the martini was smooth and creamy. Definitely one for the sweet-tooths out there!
Dessert was a share plate of Triple Chocolate Brownie Swirls ($9.90) served with vanilla ice cream and strawberries and drizzled with Belgian chocolate. It was lovely to end the meal with a bite-sized treat, especially because I was so full by the end of it. When I hear triple chocolate I often think of desserts that are too rich but these brownie swirls were the opposite, with the soft dough and chocolate brownie working beautifully together.
After the meal was finished and people began to leave the bar, my friend and I found ourselves staying for a few drinks. I’m not sure if it was the great ambiance, the welcoming staff, the delicious drinks or a combination of the three but it wasn’t until last call that we realised how late it was getting. Our night at The Stoned Crow Broadway was absolutely fantastic, so much so that we found ourselves discussing plans to return in the near future. It’s clear to see why The Stoned Crow bars are having such success and I look forward to coming back and trying even more of what their menu has to offer.
The Stoned Crow Broadway
166 Broadway, Chippendale, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9211 5993
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of The Stoned Crow