Food and Drink



Posted by Dan Kuseta


Cure Bar & Eatery is part whiskey joint, wine bar and restaurant. A cozy space with a huge slab of jarrah wood forming the bar top, Cure is run by Tom Daniel and Leigh Oliver, who have collectively worked at Recorded Music Salon (now Mamasita), Auction Rooms as well as running a slew of bars in Edinburgh. Last December, they opened their own place on a quiet stretch of Rathdowne Street.

Tom and Leigh’s time in Edinburgh is evident from the range of whiskey’s available, including Lagavulin, produced in small batches on the wee island of Islay, and Dalmore, a 12 year old single malt. On the shelf there’s other interesting stuff like the Diplomatico Rum, a strong brew Venezuala exports for its home-sick diplomats.

And of course there’s wine. Lot’s of it. While the list tends to favour European drops, there some excellent Aussie wines on offer (you can even try a red from Tom’s parents vineyard out in WA.)

Nibble-wise, the bar serves up fancy bar snacks like Gravlax (cured salmon), Duck Rillettes and House Cured Spiced Pork. Those looking for something more substantial will find a small dining area out back and a small but considered menu of European comfort food like pan-seared duck breast with mash and sauteed cabbage ($25) and rolled leg of lamb stuffed with onion, tomato, garlic, rosemary and bread cooked sous-verde with spinach ($24).

Finally, there’s a humidor, where the discerning punter might purchase a cigar to enjoy on the outside seating while enjoying an apertif on a crisp autumn night. Cure Bar & Eatery has a little something for everyone.

Cure Bar & Eatery
164 Rathdowne St, Carlton
Mon – 5pm – 11pm
Tues – closed
Wed 5pm – 11pm
Thurs – Fri 5pm – 1am
Sat – 5pm – 11pm
Sun – 4pm – 11pm


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