It’s new and slightly novel still for DS and I to meet each other in the city, after work, for dinner. This time we checked out Bowery Lane.
Bowery Lane is on O’Connell Street, just up the road from Swine & Co. and the new digs of Bentley Restaurant – for a short street there’s heaps of good food on offer! Bowery Lane is particularly great for city folk, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We started with some Char grilled lamb ribs with chimmi churri and rocket ($14) to share, on recommendation from one of our waiters. I found this dish unfortunately bland and simple – not the good kind of simple that I always go on about, where there’s only like 3 ingredients but each flavour speak well for itself. This was a tasteless kind of simple, and I feel like lamb ribs with chimmi churri is a bit of a cliché, plus the rocket leaves felt token. Each to their own though – DS thought it was a great entree to start our meal!
DS got the Tempura Soft Shell Crab Burger with Asian slaw and miso mayonnaise ($22) – this is basically the reason we went to Bowery Lane. DS absolutely loved it – it’s super tasty and super messy.
And it even looks like a crab! Hehehe.
I had the Pork Cotoletta with slaw, garlic aioli, lemon and sea salt ($27) – it was possibly the biggest schnitzel I’ve ever had, the size of my face if not bigger. I was trying to figure out the difference between schnitzel and cotoletta – turns out there’s a big bone on one end of this piece of meat, making it, in fact, a cutlet! Really tasty but a huge portion. Lemon and garlic aioli were the perfect accompaniments (but let’s be honest, who doesn’t love aioli?).
Overall it was a pretty good dining experience, would’ve loved to try the desserts but the cotoletta overwhelmed me! It’s a cool vibe, almost like a loft-style as you walk up a short flight of stairs from the street level. Also really great for groups with some large plates to share. City workers – please try the breakfast and lunch menus for me!
Shop 1, Level 4
1 O’Connell Street