Assembly Bar is one of my favourite bars to hang out at, with its eclectic, industrial chic decor, fantastic cocktails and convenient location at Regents Place (right next to Town Hall). But one thing I hadn’t realised about Assembly was that it has a great menu for food too, with a mix of bar snacks to share and more substantial fare like burgers.
We started off our meal with 2 of their cute little sliders – a Spicy Crab one with slivers of Alaskan King Crab mixed with zesty mayo, chilli and parsley for a kick and also their tasty Lamb Meatball Slider which was packed full of flavour.
Spicy Crab Slider, $8 and Lamb Meatball Slider, $7
Our next dish was also a burger, this time in full-sized form with a grilled wagyu beef pattie, a delicious horseradish mayo, lettuce and some rather messy beetroot slices. The Wagyu Beef Burger wasn’t as impressive as their bite sized sliders in terms of flavour, but was still satisfying nonetheless.
Wagyu Beef Burger, $16.90
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the next 2 dishes from the share plates section of their menu. The Sesame Chicken was the standout dish of the meal, featuring sesame crumbed pieces of succulent chicken fried to crispy perfection. We were really impressed by how crunchy the chicken was without feeling oily at all and it tasted even better dunked in the addictive aioli sprinkled with smoked paprika on the side. I could easily eat the whole plate of these babies by myself – too bad I had to share this time!
Sesame Chicken, $14
It was a similar story with their Panko Crumbed Salmon – the salmon fillets were moist on the inside, but wonderfully crunchy on the outside thanks to the deep fried breadcrumbs and it was complemented well by the housemade tartare sauce.
Panko Crumbed Salmon, $16
As for our drinks of choice, the Rhubarb and Apple Crumble was practically a dessert in a cocktail with an apple crumbled scattered over a lovely blend of freshly pressed apple juice, vodka and a pretty lemon and rhubarb foam. One of my all time favourite cocktails at Assembly. The boy went for the award winning Linda Russian which features an interesting mix of fresh pineapple, stoli vodka and orgeat syrup.
Rhubarb and Apple Crumble, $18.50 and Linda Russian, $19
I used to pad my stomach with food elsewhere before heading to Assembly Bar for post-dinner drinks, but their revamped food menu now makes Assembly a one-stop shop for a great night out, with fun cocktails, tasty food and friendly service.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Assembly Bar