The Roots Next Door
The Roots Next Door is next door to The Roots. So far, so obvious. Less obvious is the simple premise. The wine, cocktail and food menus are intimate, with a focus on aged and cured meats, imported cheeses and cocktails.
There are around 20 wines on offer that have been sourced from boutique wineries around Australia, with owner Brett Conway sampling and selecting the range with a focus on varieties you won’t find in the bottleshop. In addition to the roughly five changing meat and cheese options (including 24-month Serrano) that are sliced and weighed while you watch, the bar snacks include shoestring fries dusted with truffled pecorino cheese, burgers and house-cured biltong. Prosecco hour replaces happy hour, and your glass comes with a wedge of cheese.
Cocktails include The Girl Next Door; Don Julio Blanco and Campari topped with grapefruit soda, fresh lime and salt rim. There is also the No Alibi with Belvedere vodka shaken with raspberry-watermelon puree and lemon juice. In the arcade between The Roots and The Roots Next Door, there is Astro-turf and white wicker garden chairs. The cafe uses the bar to extend seating and space by day, but from noon it operates as The Roots Next Door bar offering drinks, and from 4pm the bar menu is on.