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!