Category Archives: September 2011

The Aylesbury-Broadsheet, 22nd September 2011

aylesburyPhotography: Kristoffer Paulsen

Team Añada Opens The Aylesbury in the City

The tapas aficionados from Añada have just opened a new city restaurant and rooftop bar, The Aylesbury.

Husband and wife team Jesse and Vanessa Gerner, the brains behind much lauded tapas restaurant Añada in Fitzroy have done it again, creating a relaxed, friendly space where diners can enjoy a quick bite or settle in for an enjoyable evening.

As Broadsheet reported in June, the duo began work on new venture The Aylesbury rooftop and restaurant at the beginning of winter, timing the build and fit-out so as to be open in time to enjoy the warm evenings of spring and summer.

Spanning two levels at its Lonsdale Street location, guests can dine in at the ground floor restaurant or enjoy a drink from the carefully compiled wine and cocktail list on the fifth floor rooftop, accompanied by stunning city skyline views.

Featuring small raciones and larger share plates, as well as a feasting menu, The Aylesbury champions heritage, seasonal, local and organic produce (with Spanish origins). Dishes are created using specialty ingredients such as Wessex Saddleback pork, Belted Galloway beef and other rare-breed animals. All produce is smoked, cured, baked and pickled on site, accompanied by delicacies from the family’s home garden and beehive.

The Aylesbury-Broadsheet, 22nd September 2011

The Smith-Broadsheet, September 2011

SmithPhotography: Josie Withers

The Smith

Scott Borg is a theatrical character, a quality evident throughout his bar and restaurant The Smith on High Street, Windsor. The former director of Taxi and Circa chose the venue’s ambiguous title to correlate with the feel of the space – a place for all people of all ages to gather.

With a bar and courtyard to the right and dining to the left, guests can feast on a varied menu of global flavours in small (katifi wrapped scallops, sticky pork belly) or large (barramundi, minute Wagyu steak and frites) sizes, all prepared with style by chef Michael Lambie, also of Circa and Taxi fame, and washed down with drinks from a thoughtful wine and cocktail list. Tables are round, square and communal, and are set with an assortment of mismatched dinnerware. The main dining area is a striking space with high ceilings and a full view of the kitchen.

Upstairs plays host to two function rooms, with separate bar and kitchen, aptly titled ‘Mr Smith’ (leather banquettes and masculine features for up to 40 people sit-down) and ‘Mrs Smith’ (stark white walls and crisp minimalism seating for 24). An adjoining wall that separates the spaces can also be opened to create a larger function area for bigger parties.

The Smith-Broadsheet, September 2011

Morris Jones-Broadsheet, 12th September 2011

MJPhotography: Kristin Edwards

Chapel Street’s New Hot Spot – Morris Jones

An expansive two storey bar and restaurant, Morris Jones, opens giving Chapel Street locals a swish new spot to mingle at.

One thing missing from the Windsor end of bustling Chapel Street is a serve of sophisticated but casual drinking and dining.

This is the task undertaken by Hoo Haa’s Paul Kasteel and business partner Hayden Burbank, with the opening of their new bar and restaurant Morris Jones. The name references the building’s heritage, once furniture store H. Morris Jones, as evidenced by the original signage on the exterior façade.

The architectural team from Russell & George (Attica, St Jude’s Cellars) has revamped the enormous space to create several drinking and dining areas across two levels and an outside courtyard.

Featuring a modern French-influenced menu consisting of small and large cocottes (a fireproof dish in which individual portions of food are cooked and served) filled with everything from rabbit and veal meatballs to snapper pie, as well as a wood grill to prepare four different cuts and styles of steak.

Currently only open for dinner and supper, Morris Jones will soon open for lunch (salads, sandwiches and a few short order meals), with plans to open for breakfast in about a month.

The space also boasts a wine list from Australia and France, as well as Allpress coffee for those after a caffeine hit, perhaps in their cocktail. This is sure to be the fresh new watering hole for Chapel Street locals, luring night time crowds that frequent venues like Fog, for the moment anyway.

Morris Jones-Broadsheet, 12th September 2011