Minsky up in Cremorne has had a bit of a makeover and with its fitout, there has been a menu change with a new head chef (The 2013 trend of fine dining chefs filtering into pubs/cafes continues with ex sous from EST, Robert Oey helming the kitchen). New minskys focuses on creating a better experience/smaller scale – with the top floor now a private function venue while the downstairs is updated to create an on-trend dining/local.
Street side, its hard to tell much has changed.
There is clever use of variegated tiling in black and white, the blue tiled wall near the kitchen, and leather booths there to add colour and interest to the venue. Its smartly finished and wouldn’t look out of place in surry hills.
Minskys is now deeps oaks, dark timbers and smart lighting. Its a nice look with faux greenery adding accents of colour.
Minskys’ Bar circa 2013. Nice large counter.
A selection of beers and ciders on tap.
Wines and bottled beers.
Minskys’ Food and Wine Menu
Its a good menu. Caps at about $30 and the food is really done well.
Chicken Liver Pate, with crusty bread was very nice. With most places, could have come with more bread but the request for more bread was happily fulfilled.
tiny prawns battered and crumbed. Quite a nice entree. crunchy and tasty and you ate the whole thing whole.
Their salt and pepper squid was very tender. Oey mentioned that they soak them in kiwi fruit to tenderise the squid. I’d order this. Its very nice.
Arancini balls with tomato sauce. Piping hot and delicious
Oysters. Could have been more briney but otherwise quite nice with a dash of lemon and vinaigrette.
They do a nice chicken schnitzel, its nicely crumbed and looked amazing.
Pork Belly dish. I’d order this. Tender, the skins been made into crackling and the asian slaw was really delicious.
Pear and Meredith Goats Curd salad with almonds/orange and beets. Lots of flavours and nice textures. Very good.
Salads, sides and dessert. The dessert and its plating is fine dining calibrated for a pub and impressive.
Summer fruits, basil cream, vanilla pannacotta. The dessert and plating came and we were suitably impressed. Tasted fantastic in all honesty. Order this.
Minskys’ Eton Mess looked great with large meringue piece creating a feature and tiny merinue pieces inside. Fresh Raspberries made this dish.
Chocolate Roundabout – chocolate mousse, orange toffee and vanilla sponge. The plating again wowed. Pub food? Tasted really great too.
This kitchen, its menu: open til 1am? Yup. Yum.
The new Minskys updates what it is old and makes it rather fancy affair. Everything looks like something you’d expect out of a top-tiered venue in surry hills and then the food which is very refined pub grub – if you can even call it that. Its a step up above that with great tasting food served up beautifully. Desserts were excellent. As mentioned, the kitchen is open til 1am. Only gripe? This isn’t in our suburb. Head into 287 Military Road, Cremorne to check Minskys out.
They’re currently running a bit of comp where you can win a trip to HongKong too: Here
Visit courtesy: Men at Work Comms + Minskys Hotels