Double Bay revival hots up with casual eatery Brick Lane about to open

Grant Jones, Taste Confidential, The Daily Telegraph
October 11, 2016 12:00am

THE revival of Double Bay as a food and drinks hub is hotting up with casual eatery Brick Lane about to open in Goldman Lane.

With an interior by Alex Zabotto-Bentley and his AZBcreative team, chef Drew Bolton on the pans and the impressive cocktail list by Jason Crawley, it’s set to add to the already dynamic suburb which has risen from a slump of several years.

“The whole ethos of the place is sustainably-driven casual dining,” says Bolton, who is also at Vine, the contemporary French restaurant a laneway behind.

Scott Robertson and chef Drew Bolton at Brick Lane, Double Bay.
Bolton has already formed a relationship with 1888 Certified, the boutique butchery in the revamped laneway behind The Golden Sheaf on the northside of Double Bay.

“I’m working pretty closely with a few producers, not just 1888 guys, but we will have some cracking burgers and really good steaks,” Bolton says of Brick Lane.

“We are just getting involved in the whole process as far as going out there and hand-picking the cows that we want to use then taking the whole beast and breaking it down ourselves.

“We will dry-age certain cuts and just working our way through the whole animal. We’ll end up with about 140 kilos of meat.”

Bolton says the Zabotto-Bentley fit-out is vastly different to Vine.

Drew Bolton and Elijah Holland foraging in the Blue Mountains for one of their Origins Dinners at Vine.
“It’s a got a very different vibe, this one has a bit of a Buenos Aires vibe to it as far as fitout and design and he has it highlighted some of the art deco-ey features of the building itself,” he says.

“He’s done a fanatstic job it. It’s really colourful with some retro light fittings, and a really funky colourful mural. It’s really shaping up.”

Vine continues to thrive with Bolton planning more “origins” dinners, on October 27 and 28, with Russolini consultant chef Roy Ner, who has just opened Nour in Surry Hills with Ibby Moubadder.

“The first origins we did was with (forager and chef) Elijah ‘EJ’ Holland and the two events sold out,” Bolton says.

“And it’s heaps of fun. Roy is doing a Middle Eastern thing.”

Brick Lane opens for business on Wednesday, October 26.