The Globe opened back in January in the vibrant 140 precinct in the city and although I got to sample some of their bar food with a drink before a Fringe show in February, I was hanging out to go back for dinner in the Eatery. The Globe comprises of a Bar, Lane and Eatery in a beautiful building that was built in the 1880s during the gold rush and has certainly had a few different lives since then.
The main bar has a large alfresco area, perfect for our glorious long summers and is generally heaving over the weekend, with a DJ busting out the tunes. The laneway bar at the back of the building is a bit quieter with more of a chilled, intimate vibe and where we decided to have a pre dinner drink.
The cocktail menu is varied, unique, experimental, and got my attention. So while the girls took a while to make a decision on a cocktail, the boys started with a beer. We eventually decided on the W&J and the Batik. The bar staff here take their craft seriously, with the garnishes and ingredients made in house from scratch. The cocktails arrived and I was excited, so often you find the same standard creations on a menu but I felt here it was an art form with creativity the key.
My W&J was outstanding, watermelon and juniper reduction, tanqueray gin, soda, lemon and melissa leaves. A well balanced taste sensation, both sweet and refreshing with a large watermelon ice cube taking centre stage. The Batik was another beautiful cocktail, bulldog gin, maraschino liquer, mandarin, grapefruit and lemongrass reduction, rose lemonade and pink pepper. This one had more of a tartness from the grapefruit but was equally as good.
After our drinks we made our way into the Eatery for dinner and walking through the front door felt a little awkward as there was nowhere really to stand while we waited to be seated. We ended up at the bar for a few minutes but was good to eventually be seated at our table so we could relax. The room has an industrial, modern feel to it while still feeling warm and inviting with vintage elements and lots of timber. There are some great booths in the front with large bay windows and leather seating.
To start we ordered some small plates to share, the fried halloumi, watermelon and harissa, the market fish carpaccio with chilli, pistachio and peach and the octopus with lemon, white bean and chorizo. Difficult to pick a favourite here as they were all very different. The halloumi and watermelon was a really interesting dish of sweet, salty and spicy and had mixed reactions around the table. I really enjoyed it and the harissa gave it a bit of a kick. The fish carpaccio was beautiful, fresh, juicy and zingy and a real palate cleanser. If I had to pick one it would probably be the octopus, with those tender tenticles, creamy, zesty white bean and meaty chorizo, this was delicious.
Mains were next and I couldn’t go past the pork belly, I love ordering things I never cook myself and can’t resist the thought of tender meat with a crunchy crackling. This pork belly dish was divine, a very generous portion and just what I wanted. I was so distracted with the taste I’ve forgotten what all the elements were (and I can’t find it anywhere on their menu) but the sweet baked apple and baby carrots went perfectly with the rich, tender meat. This was yum! On the table was also the pepper crusted flank steak and pot roasted lamb, all of the dishes looked generous and tasty. We also ordered the chicken fat potatoes which were how they should be, crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle.
We were pretty full by the end of mains but I really wanted to try a dessert and just hoped someone would help me eat it. I ordered the lemon and saffron cheesecake and luckily I got help because this wasn’t a small piece. I don’t often order cheesecake but this was lovely and creamy, not too heavy and the lemon and saffron shone through. There was the perfect amount of zesty, fresh lemon to cut through the richness, which made for a great dessert.
The food at the Globe Eatery was of a high standard and I feel like although the venue is fairly new and trendy, the food was honest and hearty. Within the space they have accomplished a unique blend, innovation and cleverness with the cocktails, interesting small plates and rich, homely mains. The service was great and even though I think they were a bit short staffed we were looked after in a friendly, unobtrusive manner and the experience overall was thoroughly enjoyable.
Put it on your list for the fabulous cocktails, yummy food and ideal city location. With the 3 separate venues, the Globe presents endless possibilities. Get a group of friends together and book one of the window booths in the Eatery or enjoy a romantic dinner for two with pre dinner cocktails.