Not often do we venture out on Monday nights – these are the nights for winding down, debriefing after the first day back in the office and assessing the week ahead. Yet Monday past we chose to mix it up and be brave!
We headed to Next Table located on Wakefield street, not knowing quite what to expect. We had heard snippets in regards to its new neighbour La Bonne Table (opened early 2013) but were keen to experience for ourselves the contributions of its newly opened bar and private function area – Next Table.
On arrival we were greeted by Micheal the Bar Manager and Steve the Restaurant Manager and given a tour of the venue. There are 3 distinct areas, each delivering a diverse and unique space whilst contributing to a unified and enamored vision.
The Function room holds 10 to 80 guests and also retains the option to extend into the bar area for large events. Unlike other venues where atmosphere is lost once alternate areas are incorporated, the carefully designed and industrial chic styled Next Table avoids this with ease.
Pictured below: Harissa Chicken Skewer from the function menu
We perched ourselves comfortably on the high, soft-leather bound bar stools at the baroque, candle lit bar and began to let our eyes wander over the carefully filled spirit shelves. It was quickly evident that this was not a slap-dash bar catering to ordinary beverage requests but a carefully thought out collection of spirits, designed to deliver a truly memorable beverage experience.
The addition of several luxurious whiskys and the option of a bottle service once again signifies this is no ordinary establishment but one that strives to push the boundaries of people’s expectations.
The bar itself was raised on industrial bricks, complimented with down-lights and the finely finished wooden bar top was deep and comforting. Michael (the bar manager) is well versed with his cocktail knowledge and had a certain passion that only few have.
We made our way through the intricate cocktails and later paired them with several plates of tapas from the modern international menu that hits all the marks and exceeds expectation.
I am always skeptical when offered a beer cocktail as from my experience, they have always missed the mark entirely and resembled a clumsy concoction. Michael’s take on a beer cocktail was anything but this! It hit the nail on the head with an ingenues mix of gin, wheat beer, Aperol & a tantalizing beer reduction that took the cocktail to another level.
Pictured below: Our second cocktail for the evening, the Popcorn Sour made with butter washed vodka, house-made popcorn syrup & finished with salted bitters. Its buttery smoothness is quickly complimented by its salty pop which leaves the drinker intrigued and needing just that little bit more!
Pictured below: Maple Cooler made with a smoky scotch whisky and a maple syrup foam.
Pictured below: Granny’s Garden – an innovative twist on a classic G&T that will convert any Gin-Haters on the very spot! West Winds Cutlass Gin, Tonic Syrup & Fresh Lemon
Pictured below: Chocolate fondant
No doubt you will be hearing a lot more about Next Table – this place is a relatively unknown gem & worth checking out.
You’ll have to head in and inquire about their Prix Fixe menu (bookings in advance only) which simply put is; a cocktail & food matching experience that will ignite a love with their modern dining experience.
Next Table / La Bonne Table
128 Wakefield Street, SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8223 2487
Monday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – LATE
Saturday 4:30 PM – LATE
Sunday 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM