If you’ve ever spent ages eyeing up the menu, only to experience the acute disappointment of food envy, then you’ve come to the right place. This is Barrel and Beast and they'll do the ordering for you.
“I’m a firm believer that if you have too much choice, you make the wrong one,” says Jared Ingersoll, the man behind the new pop-up that takes that choice entirely out of your hands. “Come along, bring your friends and let us make the decisions for you.”
That’s the idea behind Barrel and Beast, the Pyrmont pop-up from the guys behind the recently closed Bottle and Beast. The names might be confusing, but the concept isn’t.
In fact, it’s so simple that the name of the place also reads as a menu. A different beast is slow cooked over coals each night and a different barrel from our friends over at Young Henry’s Brewery is tapped for your drinking pleasure.
Here’s how it works: dinner starts at 7:30pm sharp and $60 will get you a few starters to share, the beast of the day with all the trimmings and something sweet for dessert.
What it doesn’t include is drinks. As well as the ale of the day, there’s Sparrow and Vine wine (made from hand-picked organic grapes) and aged Four Pillar Gin, which is only sold in a handful of restaurants across Australia. The choices may be limited, but hey – you’ll always choose well.
If you’re not in a feasting mood, but still want to see what all the fuss is about, head along around 6pm for snacky foods to share over a drink. They’ll change on a day-to-day basis, so a lack of expectations and an open mind (and stomach) is key here.
Keep an eye on their Facebook for what meat you’ll be eating tonight, but Jared tells me they’re working on a better way of letting the hungry folks know. Details to be released soon, so watch this space.
Address: 11a Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Pyrmont
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday lunch till late