Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bowery Lane Launch Party | Sydney

Sydney locals were out in full force on 1 O’Connell Street in Sydney CBD last Thursday evening as Bowery Lane hosted its official launch party rolling out the red carpet in style. With a yellow New York cab pulled out in front and guests mobbed by paparazzi, Bowery Lane smoothly provided an evening of New York style eats, cocktails and entertainment.

Having thrown opened its doors late last year, Bowery Lane has fast become one of the CBD’s hottest new dining destinations and celebrated by inviting VIP guests to sample everything they have to offer.

Bowery Lane is named after the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan Island, which once upon a time connected the farmlands in the outskirts of the island to the city, in what is known as Battery Park or Wall Street of New York City today. The wholesome menu is a reflection of this inspiration.

On the menu on the night included: a Suckling Pig Station (twice cooked pulled pork with a chef cutting meat onto a rustic mini roll with homemade slaw and aioli). Colourful and tasty canapés comprised of:

Asparagus wrapped wagyu bresola, truffle pecorino
Hickory smoked salmon, buckwheat blinis, crème frianche
Manchego Croquettes, harissa aioli
Lamb ribs, gremolata, burnett lime
New York Wagyu sliders
Fried Chicken Wing with pink eye mayo
Seared scallops, garlic puree, seaweed, shallot crumb
San Danielle Proscuitto, fresh fig, witlof, buffalo mozzarella
Black pepper and lime salt calamari, coriander aioli
Fried parmesan polenta, goats chevre, romesco

If anyone asks me, "Do you recommend any restaurants in the Sydney CBD?" Bowery Lane, is a name that simply rolls off the tongue… hopefully after I’ve swallowed my food.

An establishment is as much about the people behind the establishment as it is about the food served on your plate. Behind Bowery Lane lies a soul, the people behind the scenes who work endlessly and tirelessly to bring you hospitality and food quality that seeks perfection and is nothing short of first class. And one of these souls is Kaz Derbas, co-owner of Bowery Lane whom I met only 2 weeks of Bowery Lane opening and is one of those people whose quietly confident and warm personality resonates and made me feel like I had known him for years.

When I visit an establishment I love getting to know the people behind it and listening to their stories but it is only a handful where a friendship develops, where we lend each other a hand when needed. One thing I am eternally grateful for is that it was Kaz who helped me find my calling for not only the love of high quality and wholesome food but also a new found hobby of food photography, which in a short space of time has sent me on the most fulfilling journey of creativity. He gave me the opportunity (and trust) to take food photos of one of his establishment’s menu one day during the holiday season and with his perfectionist nature, some feedback which sometimes was hard but I gratefully took on board, made refinements and just kept at it. I haven’t looked back ever since.

I started somewhere at one stage and with a little help from this talented man behind Bowery Lane, I’m now showcasing my food photography of some of Bowery Lane’s amazing menu.

Kaz, Thank you for being the chocolate chip in the cookies and cream of my blogging life and helping me discover me.

Bowery Lane
1 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

1 comment:

  1. So while it's true that the people make an event (and the people definitely made any event!) this space definitely adds a different dimension to it. Went to venues in Chicago for evening events and I was really impressed.