The chilled out city bar and eatery you need to know about | Gourmand and Gourmet

The chilled out city bar and eatery you need to know about

  • Food & Booze
If you wish you could escape the concrete jungle on a regular basis, and instead be somewhere the grass is green, the beer is cold and the view doesn’t include a single skyscraper, we have just the place for you – and you don’t even have to leave the city to find it. Tucked away on the corner of Ann and Wharf Street, Collective Kitchen & Bar is more astroturf than concrete, with a wide open outdoor dining spot overlooking Cathedral Square. Take a seat here and you’ll find yourself in the shadow of St John’s Cathedral, with only busy Ann Street to remind you you’re still in the CBD at all. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, the menu has you covered no matter what time of day you need to sit down, take a load off and ditch the rat race. Choose a sunny spot and grab a breakfast of eggs benny with potato rostis and smashed avo, or drop in for lunch and escape your lunch room with a seriously satisfying (and delicious) salad of crispy barramundi, pork and apple with mint, coriander and peanut nahm jim (bonus – it’s gluten free, along with plenty more of the dishes on the menu!). Head in after work from Wednesday to Friday, however, and you’ll be ready to forget all about your day of emails and meetings, with burgers, beers and lawn games for all your post-work needs. Need a little help getting over the midweek slump? Stop in on Wednesdays for their free trivia from 6.30pm, with $14 pizzas, cheeky drinks and plenty of prizes to win. Although, with their pancetta, pumpkin, artichoke, goat’s cheese, olive and mozzarella pizza for $14, we think that’s winnings enough! On Thursdays, you can grab burgers like their Wagyu beef with triple cheese, panko crumbed chicken with sesame and pickled carrot, and pulled chipotle pork for $10 after 4pm, but don’t be ready to put yourself in a food coma too quick – you need to show off your skills at giant Jenga, quoits, cornhole or Connect 4 first! Finally, head in on Fridays for live music for (from?) 5pm, some very jovial drink prices and a mouthwatering American style BBQ menu with smoked and roasted meats served up with creamed corn and cheesy potato gratin, along with cheeseboards and pizzas. Don’t worry if you’ve got a big group either – there’s plenty of room for everyone, and they take bookings! So they’ve pretty much got your whole week covered – from that triple shot latte on Monday morning to your much needed cocktail on a Friday afternoon. Find Collective Kitchen & Bar at 369 Ann Street in the city, open Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch, and Wednesday to Friday for dinner. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date requires a lot of double lattes, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!