Your next foodie adventure comes courtesy of the good folks of Tugun and a brand new craft beer and tapas bar opening Friday August 10th for everyones’ tasting pleasure.
Craft House Bar & Restaurant can be found on Golden Four Drive (next to Niche & Co.) and Tugun has scored in a big way with this one. The corner space opens out onto the footpath for bulk people watching adventures while inside; understated sophistication is what you’ll find.
The wall is intertwined with snaking green vines which are perfectly offset by walnut leather seating, matte black tableware and copper cutlery. It’s earthy and raw but also sleek and comfortable and we would like to move in please. A striking mural is splashed across one wall, bringing the perfect amount of colour to the space and the bar boasts low hanging lighting made from whiskey decanters. It’s interior perfection if you ask us (which you didn’t but here we are).
The food menu, filled with plates to share, matches the high vibing space and we’re pretty sure there won’t be a dish you don’t absolutely love.
Because, flavour sensation, we recommend starting with the Citrus and Star Anise Cured Salmon with whipped horseradish cream and watermelon, quickly followed by Sautéed Halloumi with pickled kohlrabi (a type of cabbage), mandarin and mint.
If there are two greater things in the world than cured salmon and halloumi we have never met them and if you know any, you better share your secrets OR ELSE.
Anyway. Definitely also eat the Break Out River Lamb Cutlet with roasted carraway pumpkin and cucumber jus. Sweet, juicy goodness is what that is.
Don’t stop there, also eat dessert (we see you Lemon Tart) and maybe also a fancy cheese platter. Everything, eat everything.
So the beer is the star of the show and there are 20 on tap. 20 different beers that is. All of the craft variety and all of which are replaced with an entirely new beer once the keg runs out. There are lots of local faves on offer and newbies you may not have had the pleasure of sampling yet. Happy days.
Of course, if wine is more your thing, there’s a big old list including organic and biodynamic varieties and of course, some very creative cocktails that’ll tickle your tastebuds.
We choose the Zestini first up. It’s got gin, Cointreau, lemon and cucumber and it’s oh so refreshing. There are also Salted Caramel Espresso Martinis and a Pornstar Martini that you know is a good time.
Craft House is the first hospo venture of a couple of local lads (cousins actually) who will probably be around for a beer and a chat when you go in. Which should be today.
We see a lot of this place in our future and we are not sad about it.
LOCATION: 445 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
HOURS: 12pm until late every day
Words and photos by Kirra Smith