Food and Drink
Posted by Dan Kuseta
28. Aug, 2014
Restaurants and bars of the 21st century tend to reflect the personalities of their owners, and the times. So it’s no surprise some of them are a little ADHD.
Not content with doing one thing, a growing number of places are opening up a second nook on premises with a different name, feel and menu. Think Go-Go beneath Chin Chin, or The Attic above Black Pearl. In the case of a place like St Crispin, this is a very good thing.
Perched atop the much lauded Smith Street restaurant sits Thomas Olive, an intimate space filled with wooden chairs, chaise lounges and lots of very good booze. Billed as a place to have a drink and nibble while you wait for a table at St C’s, Thomas Olive is a destination in its own right.
Start with one of the colourfully named (and loaded) cocktails. Start local with the Smith Street Smash (vodka, cointreau, lemon, orgeat, suze $18), then go international with the Hands that built America (Irish whiskey, Italian vermouth, cherry herring, $18).
There’s only six wines of offer (three whites, three reds), but this is more than made up for with Thomas Olive’s rollicking selection of craft beers, ciders and the stronger stuff including whiskey, tequila, mezcal, rum and brandy.
Complimenting the liquid menu is a short, smart menu of fancy bar snacks like eel croquettes and crackling. There’s also French Onion soup. If you decide something more substantial is in order, there’s a slew of stick-to-your-ribs mains like salmon pie and beef cheek.
Just be careful trudging down those stairs after a few martinis.
300 Smith Street, Collingwood
Tues – Thurs 6pm till late
Fri – Sun 12pm till late
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