It’s all about the Mash on King St, Newtown

I may as well have called it the mash report after sampling the sausages and mash at one new business at the southern end of King St (Smash Sausage Kitchen) and then the pies and mash just off King St at The Pie Tin (Brown St  – northern end of King opposite Single Origin). Wow, specialty cafes and restaurants are on the rise and if I keep this up I am going to have to run up and down the full length of King St everyday and multiple times or I am going to be in serious trouble with my current wardrobe.

Smash Sausage Kitchen at 512 King St is about 7 weeks old and anyone who loves gourmet specialty sausages will be in love here, but there are also choices for non sausage lovers like Shepherd’s Pie. Apparently The Pie Tin has been open since February but I hadn’t noticed it till someone mentioned it on “I love the Inner West’s” facebook page so I checked it out on Sunday. Situated in a rustic building with heritage Circa 1912, everything here is made from scratch, I chose the veggie pie with ricotta, herb and garlic with pea mash which was delicious but my neighbour at the communal table had a lamb pie with kumera mash that looked so good I wanted to sneak a bite when he wasn’t looking. Unfortunately he demolished it so quickly I didn’t have a chance. Wonder how the new Pie Face will go with such stiff competition, it is barely 100 metres diagonally away at 197 King St.

I also have to admit that I have recently tried the Ramen Noodles at the Berkelouw, a new Japanese noodle inn at the back of the bookstore, well it wasn’t all on the same day alright. Ramen noodles and shiitake gyoza (dumplings). After living in Japan for 2 years I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur of Japanese food. The chef isn’t Japanese but you wouldn’t know it, this should be in the SMH Cheap eats guide because for $10.50 (vegetable ramen), I don’t know where you can’t get a meal that is so good and so filling!

Ok so moving on from food, King St also has some new bar venues, starting with Funky Bar which was having a renovation in my last King St report. It has now been open a few weeks and it is looking very stylish, and I have had 2 glowing reports back from friends. The new, Bench Wine Bar at 511 King St at the southern end of King has also been operating a few weeks and I sampled a very nice red there, of course I tried to remember what it was called but it has slipped my mind, I will need to go back. Great atmosphere and the snack menu looks interesting, staff are very friendly and attentive.

On the King St retail front, Double Bay Clothing has closed, did I miss a closing down sale? I had no idea this was closing? Chemist Warehouse has opened in the old Mitre 10 premises, I didn’t find it all that cheap but conveniently located maybe?

Oh and more closures, the “Old Fish Shop Cafe” has also just closed, does anyone know what is going in here?

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