Short of throwing ourselves off the Harbour Bridge, there’s nothing we won’t do for the legends of Bourke Street Bakery for supplying us with such tasty sausage rolls every seedy Sunday morning, and when they opened Wilbur’s Place in a Kings Cross thoroughfare recently, we knew it would be good.
What we didn’t know is that it would be BYO, which has secretly become extinct in this city, AND it would be super affordable. You can take a seat on one of the long street-side tables, have a main each from the menu (which changes almost entirely on a weekly basis), maybe two whole grilled garfish with mash and a cauliflower, green olive, parsley and pickled shallot salad, or lamb shoulder on a bed of pearl barley, stuffed with olives, anchovies, pine nuts and raisins, and also two sides – perhaps a bowl of crisp and dangly green beans with a herb and nutty pesto, or golden brown polenta chips with whipped labne, down a bottle of your own wine, and spend only around 30 bucks each, including a tip. Although it’s probably a good idea to hang around for the impossibly large bowl of ricotta doughnuts with chocolate sauce, just to you know, make sure they’re up to scratch.
For lunch there are porchetta or brisket rolls with salad for just 10 dorra, and for breakfast they’re all about the sandwiches – cheese and tomato, crouque monsieur or a brioche bun with rhubarb custard and a glass of homemade lemonade to wash it all down.
Everything on the Wilbur’s menu is available takeaway, although we’re told they’ll have a craft beer on tap in another few weeks, and also a house red and white sold by the glass, eating at home on your couch won’t be nearly as enticing as it sounds.
(02) 9332 2999
36 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross