With a couple of years under its belt, Cake Wines' urban cellar door has launched itself into a new phase of life, reopening this week with a full kitchen, revamped menu and warmer feel. A few edges have been polished and the energy tweaked as the team behind the Redfern bar sets out to deliver a place where people can really settle in and enjoy.
The food offering has been ramped up to better complement the vino. While previously only pizza and snacks were available, the cellar door now offers a full, seasonally rotating menu across brunch, lunch and dinner. You'll still find pizzas — and some banging snacks — though now they're backed by dishes like savoury doughnuts stuffed with jamón and taleggio, roasted carrots with chilli honey and whipped goat's curd and seared lamb with wakame and puffed black rice.
On the wine list, Cake's own beloved creations now star alongside guest drops from their favourite up-and-comers, including Clare Valley's Riesling Freak and Adelaide Hill's Alpha Box & Dice. It also now has a compact list of cocktails — with drinks such as yuzu spritzes and Australian negronis — spirits and digestifs.
Cake Wines owner and co-founder Glen Cassidy has also hinted to more exciting things to come. "We've got a couple of other surprises up our sleeve over the next six months too," he explains. "It's a super exciting time to be in wine, rules are falling by the wayside, it's awesome."
Cake's cellar door regular lineup of live tunes will continue, too, though they'll now be brought to life with a revamped sound system and better acoustics. Young Sydney jazz artists will continue to get a big look-in with the likes of Friday's Jazz! Attack with Tom Studdy, while a stable of resident DJ's includes names like Adi Toohey, Simon Caldwell, Anno and Mija Heally will also feature.
Cake Wines's Cellar Door will reopen this Thursday, July 19, at 16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern. Its new opening hours are Thursday 6pm–11pm; Friday 12pm–3pm and 6pm–midnight; Saturday 11am–11.55pm; and Sunday 11am–5pm.