Swine & Co

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Swine & Co is at the location of the Bravarian Bier Café on O’Connell St. Upstairs is a bar and downstairs is a dark and sophisticated dining room.

As the name suggests, the focus is on pork and the bar had some really interesting cocktail offerings that included bacon and pancetta. Unfortunately, it was a busy day we went and those two particular drinks were not available.

Apple Sour and the Cleaver
Apple Sour and the Cleaver

Downstairs in the dining area, I really liked the boar heads pinned on the walls, as well as the various butcher instruments on display. Service was also really friendly and helpful.

Half a dozen oysters
Half a dozen oysters
Crisp Pig's Tail -  Pine Purée, Grapes, Pickled Mushrooms (this included extremely smokey shitaki mushrooms), Pistachio. When this dish arrived, we thought they had the wrong table. We were expecting something more curly and cylindrical. However, as the waitress explained, the tails had been flattened (and covered in an exotic sounding salad) to make it easier to eat.
Crisp Pig’s Tail – Pine Purée, Grapes, Pickled Mushrooms (this included extremely smokey shitaki mushrooms), Pistachio.
When this dish arrived, we thought they had the wrong table. We were expecting something more curly and cylindrical. However, as the waitress explained, the tails had been flattened (and covered in an exotic sounding salad) to make it easier to eat. Pigs tails are like the crispy part of pork belly.
350G Riverlea pork neck steak with Fennel & Black Cardamom and bone marrow on the side!
350G Riverlea pork neck steak with Fennel & Black Cardamom and bone marrow on the side!
Neither ‘Genghis Khan’ nor I had pork neck steak before and were surprised steak could be made from that cut. The meat had good flavours (kind of reminded me of beef steak) and was well cooked.
Milk Fed Macleay Valley Suckling Pig with Celery Salt and Baby Fennel. Very enjoyable - crispy on the outside and very juicy and tender meat underneath.
Milk Fed Macleay Valley Suckling Pig with Celery Salt and Baby Fennel.
Very enjoyable – crispy on the outside and very juicy and tender meat underneath.

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