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josie bones – smith st, collingwood

Well ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t dined in Smith St Collingwood recently, now’s the time! Chris Badenoch and Julia Jenkins are now open for business.

For those who came in late, Josie Bones is a beautiful place where an impressive beer list, nose to tail dining, share plates, and passionate, knowledgeable people make magic happen. Tonight is their soft opening, and it is all most impressive.

So what did we eat? Crackling of the day (chicken), the most divine Scotch egg,

rolled pig with sauce grebiche and crackling,

pink fir apple potatoes with grilled Swiss raclette,

trotter fritters with romesco sauce,

oxtail brik, served with tripe candy salad and beer-braised beef cheek,

and broad bean, lemon, spinach and mint salad.

My Brewdog Tokyo was a spectacular citrus/stout/coffee crema experience,

and my friends thoroughly enjoyed the Kooinda (on tap), Tuaterra Ardennes, and BOQC Blanche de Namur.

The beer menu is the most comprehensive I’ve ever seen, the dining options are distinctive, and the staff team are informative, observant, and spot on. Standout dishes for us were the Scotch eggs, the rolled pig, and the oxtail. At $50 per person, my two dining companions and I were comfortable, happy, and determined to return. Deserts look wonderful, particularly the Bombe and the Eton Mess.

Find Josie Bones at 98 Smith St Collingwood. Look out for the distinctive bronze trotter door handles, cast from the real thing. Unashamedly porcine-loving, with fine beers to match. The decor is wonderful – lampshades shaped like Chimay bottle necks, a massive skinned rabbit painting, aged brickwork, and dark wood. I’ll certainly be back soon!

About Vetti

I love good coffee, street art, tiki bars and kitsch. Adore roller derby and quiffs and vintage Hawaiian shirts. Enjoy a slice of my northside life!

9 responses to “josie bones – smith st, collingwood

  1. Michael

    Wow, you didn’t waste any time! My assumption has been that this place isn’t really going to be much good for those of the vegetarian persuasian – do you remember if there was much non-meaty on offer?

    Still, the beer sounds great – is it the kind of place you can just go for a drink, or is it more of a restaurant?

  2. Michael: Hi! There are some non-meat dishes on offer – and you can just drop in for a drink…The broad bean,baby spinach and lemon salad was delightful, there’s also the pink fir potatoes with swiss raclette cheese, an asparagus dish, chicory and samphire with dijionaise,and pearl barley, cucumber and enoki with walnut dressing.

  3. Pingback: black giraffe – black coffee lager at josie bones « Vetti: Live in Northcote

  4. Vetti

    I’m also loving Chris Badenoch’s blog –

  5. jh ⋅

    This place was so overpriced for what you got. Me and four other went there and literally went across the road to get some more food straight after we finished our ‘maincourses’. We also sat at our table and were the only ones there but didn’t get served for approximately 20 minutes. We still laugh about it though.

  6. Vetti

    jh: hi – I’ve left full each time, after sampling not too many plates and a few beers. But then, maybe you have a larger appetite? Service great on my visits too.

  7. Looks great, will have to get to it.

  8. Vetti

    Anne Warren Art: It is and you must!

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