Rascal Brunswick – The saucy neighbourhood wine bar with a serious food offering.
What happens when the ex-head chef of Doot Doot Doot (Jackalope Hotel) moves back to the city and decides he wants to open a neighbourhood wine bar? You get Sydney Road’s latest edition, Rascal.
Having also worked at the hatted Sepia and Flying Fish, Elliott Pinn brings impressive skill and
creativity to the kitchen. With exciting flavour pairings and unique creations, the menu truly is a
breath of fresh air. With a drinks list presenting variety across every category, Rascal will have you returning time and time and again.
The ever-changing food menu is a rotating, seasonal mix of accompanying dishes that are designed to be shared. Can’t miss items include the chevrano ; crab toast with seaweed butter, and pappardelle with cured yolk, and furikake; and the lamb neck with wattle seed flatbread.
The drinks menu is bountiful, with over 120+ wines, 50+ beers and 60+ spirits available. The wine list has been curated with an array of tastes, including minimal intervention and funky expressions that will delight adventurous drinkers. The Cocktail menu showcases the classics with a twist, such as an espresso martini infused with walnut butter and dark rum, and house-made cocktails focused on using ferments.
The venue was renovated by co-owners Harrison Peace, Simon Henderson and John Ryan (The Vale Bar and Eatery, Glamorama) - who also designed the space. With communal seating, small intimate nooks and an open plan bar, the 70 seat venue lends itself to all occasions, whether it be an intimate date night, dinner with friends, or an after-work unwind drink and snack.
Standout elements in the 150-year-old building include the hand-built wine rack under the stairs that houses the premium wine collection, the solid hand-cut textured grey granite bar top, and the bespoke mural by Melbourne based artist Minna Leunig that uses her signature creatures adorning the back wall.
“Rascal feels like home for us - relaxed, a bit cheeky and somewhere that we love to go to eat and drink. We want it to become a loveable new neighbourhood destination that is raising the bar day in and day out,” says Elliott.