I’m a huge fan of anything to do with a good brewery, but when a good brewery also serves good food that isn’t just chips and pizza, sign me the hell up.
This is exactly what the new Atomic Beer Project in Sydney’s Redfern brings to the table… literally.
First and foremost, it’s a brewpub. All beers are brewed on site, and the big silver silos are just another part of the decor. They offer their core range of Atomic Pale Ale, XPA and IPA along with a rotation of limited releases, seasonal and experimental brews. My fave as an IPA drinker was hands down the CRYO Double Trouble. I strongly recommend grabbing the tasting flight, because otherwise you’re doing brewpub wrong.
The difference that sets Atomic apart from other brewpubs is the menu. Frankly, these south-east Asian inspired meals would not be out of place in a fine dining restaurant, thanks to every taste being absolutely on point. Their quality is thanks to Head Chef, Jordan McLeod, who has worked in Pan-Asian kitchens around the world, including opening Longrain Tokyo.
On a recommendation from the waiter, I made a last minute switch to the Stir-Fried Tofu With Black Vinegar, and hot DAMN that waiter didn’t steer me wrong. Honestly, I’ve never had a tofu dish taste this complex. My friend went for the Barbecued Chicken — a seemingly simple thing — but he loved it so much he’s been complaining ever since that Atomic aren’t on any food delivery apps so he can have it all the time.
The decor here is exactly what you want from a trendy Inner West place. Housed in a mid-century warehouse, it’s been renovated to keep this history in mind. Think polished concrete, stainless steel, enamel paint, rusty girders and subway tiles.
I know it’s starting to seem like I have a weird obsession with bathrooms, but you tell me you don’t love it when a joint has something particularly cool? The bright red of Atomic’s bathroom really stands out from the subtler colours of the dining area.
In short, it’s a bloody good time, go there.
(All Images: Provided / Steven Woodburn)
Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.