Not having been to Braddon for 18 months or so I was very, and pleasantly, surprised last week by the number of restaurants and bars that have sprung up, especially in and around Lonsdale and Mort Streets. With a few hours to spare until my flight home on Saturday afternoon I had a wander around and visited three places – one an old acquaintance but which had moved to new digs, and two new spots.
The old friend of course was Debacle – moved into a new building, Mode 3, down from where they were when last I dropped by. Walking in it seemed quintessentially the Debacle I knew – open and airy space, tables, chairs, stools, coffee tables and lounge chairs, friendly waiters, the blackboard wine list behind the bar, and of course the menu with the pizzas I have had on a number of occasions.
The menu has a lot of pub favourites – fish and chips, salt and pepper squid, sliders and burgers – but for me the pizzas have always been the go, and it’s good to see that they still feature strongly. And as well as the wine, Debacle has a very impressive beer list – one of its strongpoints.
Despite the beer, I grabbed a glass of Sandalford rosé – a nice dryish West Australian drop – strawberry aromas and long, crisp finish – and settled in at a table where “Greg” I think had a reservation from 2PM – but I knew I would be gone by then. Looking out onto the footpath, through the open doors, was a nice interlude before I needed to move on.
Debacle is an unpretentious, cheerful and welcoming bar, and even though much more competition has sprung up nearby seems to be more than holding its own – it was buzzing and filling as the early afternoon wore on. I will be back when I next get to the national capital.