If you weren’t looking for it, you would walk right past it. Stitch Bar is located on York Street just past the corner of Barrack Street and is recognisable only by the old fashioned sewing machine propping the door open.
As you walk in, you’re not 100% sure you are in the right place. It kind of looks like the simple foyer to an alteration joint. But that’s the point! The “foyer” section is decked out with old school sewing machines and lots of thread.
When you head downstairs it’s like stepping in to a funky Melbourne bar and we are instantly happy that such places are in Sydney. We had booked ahead and were really glad we did. Our booking was for 5:15 and by 5:30/6:00 the place was packed. Rach had mentioned that they stop letting people in once it reaches seating capacity so that it doesn’t turn in to an overcrowded mess which is a pet peeve of mine so I am instantly in love.
The menu for Stitch is your typical American bar menu of burgers and hot dogs only made a little bit fancy.
As usual, I had checked out the menu online during the day and had already decided on the Mad Ducky Dog (Duck, orange and pistachio sausage with foie gras de canard and truffle sauce) however when we arrived and ordered, the waitress informed me that it had been very popular that day and they had sold out. Boooo! Luckily, I normally come with a back up so went with the Wild Pig Dog (Wild boar sausage with spiced apple, rum-soaked currants and creamy slaw). Rach had a BLT (Beef burger with smoky chillies, bacon, lettuce, vine ripened tomato, mayonnaise, mustard and dill pickles, and cheese) and Reeni got The Frenchie Poodle (Toulouse style sausage, red wine and garlic with Tarago River Gippsland brie, pickled pear and Dijon mustard). All were served with curly fries and arrived pretty quickly however upon inspection of my burger, they had actually given me The Bulldog (Hot ‘n’ spicy dog with black eyed beans, spicy tomato salsa, avocado and jalapenos) accidentally so I had to take it back to the waitress to change which was slightly annoying but really can happen when you are in a loud place and there are two items with “dog” in the title. It took about 10 minutes or so for my boar dog to come out so I kept myself busy with the girls’ curly fries. I was a little disappointed to find out that they were kind of room temperature and not piping hot like they should be although the ones that had come in contact with the chilli powder were pretty tasty.
My boar dog was actually really nice. It’s the first time I had tasted boar and to be honest it’s not that different from pork. I found it a little more smoky and gamey if that makes sense. I shall be a reorderer (lol) of boar in the future. Not here though, I’m going to get that duck dog if it kills me!! Actually it might just; it’s a bit of a heart stopper lol.
It should also be noted that the wine in this place is really nice. I had the pinot noir instructed by the waitress as apparently it goes great with boar? Rach had the Chianti which she said was fab.