The Sticky Bishops is a wonderful little restaurant in Newtown specialised in cheese and cured meet. It is Sydney’s aperitif heaven. They have a nice choice of good beers, good wines and an extraordinary cheese list.
We chose the 4 cheeses platter and our lovely waiter offered, as I am French, to spare me the crackers and serve us only bread. He said he has a lot of French customers feeling a bit homesick. They usually ask for a bread only corbeille (basket). In France cheese is eaten with fresh or sometimes toasted bread but no biscuits or crackers. I was very thankful for his delicate attention. The Stinking Bishops’ bread is truly delicious. We had plain sour-dough and a grainy bread which both were absolutely fresh and delicious.
We chose an Italian blue: Blu di Bufala, a creamy, nutty and quite mild veined cheese made with buffalo milk. We also opted for a wonderful French red washed rind I nearly bought in the fruit and deli in Westfield Miranda (South of Sydney): a Brebirousse d’Argental. Brebis means ewe and rousse means redhead. It was a truly delicious sheep cheese. It is very creamy, very flavoursome, strong but not too strong. The Vacherin Fribourgeois was in season and very nutty, we added it to the list. Then, we took a French wash rind, cow milk this time, which can be deadly if overripe or not well taken care of by the “affineur’ or the cheese riping specialist. At The Stinking Bishops, the staff knows its cheese, and very well. Follow their advice blindly. Tell them what you like and they will narrow your choice to the best of the season. For the Epoisses our waiter indicated an 80% of ripeness, but a good ripe taste. It was exactly right. It is rare to eat an Epoisses in Australia that is not under ripe and still pungent or completely off. In this restaurant, they can really call themselves affineurs. They do respect each cheese and accompany each of them to its full ripeness without any damage. It is an art!
We have tried everything on this board (on the cured meat side) and we loved everything especially this gem: the wagyu beef which is totally unforgettable. N’duja is an Italian spreadable pork sausage which is delicious but veeeeeeeeeeeeery spicy… When we share with the kids, we tend not to go too nuts on chilli. They can have the rum & chilli salami which is spicy but not awfully hot.
There is enough choice in these cheese and cured meat lists for you to make this place a mid-week dinner favourite.
Look at this bread! A real beauty! So moist inside but with a very decent crust.
This Brebirousse d’Argental really is my type of cheese. I love its creaminess and it real, authentic taste.
If you ever find Brebirousse d’Argental in a deli store, just buy it and eat it ASAP with a home baked bread or a good, authentic bread.
I loved this Young’s Special London Ale. It was delicious and a great pairing with the cheese and cured meat. I also squeezed a photo from our last visit here too. We had a French blue Fourme d’Ambert, a Swizz Appenzeller style cheese which was nutty, tasty and really wonderful, and a washed rind I forgot… Everything was wonderful as usual.
This is the beautiful and fresh sour dough with carefully sliced butter. The best pairing is a whole tartine (slice of bread) buttered with Wagyu beef. I visit not too far from heaven…
This is a baked Vacherin, warm and melting. It was not the strongest flavoured Vacherin but it was a wonderful winter comfort food.
The cheeses come from everywhere: France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, etc).
This was our choice of charcuterie (cured meats): Fennel Salami, Rum & Chilli salami and Wagyu Beef.
The fennel salami is totally addictive. I love the thinness of the slices. The chilli and rum one was spicy but not too much. Finally the wagyu beef is one of my favourite things on earth, especially with buttered sour-dough bread. It’s is a proper apéro (nibbles and drinks before a meal) delight.
This salad was fresh. We had probably eaten way too much by then to enjoy it. Wendell found it too healthy ;) I loved it.
We have been to The Stinking Bishops many times and I truly recommend this place with a small group of friends, for a date. Get in a sharing mood; enjoy the dimmed lights and the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Give their website a look: www.thestinkingbishops.com
5/63-71 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Tue: 5pm – 10pm
Wed: 5pm – 10pm
Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 11am – 4:30 5:30 – 10pm
Sun: 11am – 6pm