A few weeks back I was invited along to Rye and Soda to check out their exciting new menu. After seeing many a tempting Instagram post from the man behind the foodie offerings, I jumped at the chance to taste test, and brought a friend along to help.
Our day started off with a DIY Bloody Mary station, beautifully laid out, ready and waiting. Having never tried one of these infamous brunch cocktails, I was eager to get involved. I started with a vodka nip, added a classic tomato based Bloody Mary mix (carrot and beetroot being the alternative) and a little lemon juice. BBQ sauce and tobasco were popular additions but I wasn't brave enough and sprinkled a little bacon dust on top instead. Garnished with some decorative vine ripened tomatoes, pepper and celery (provided fresh from The Veg Company), my very first Bloody Mary was complete!
I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm converted but I'd definitely give it another go. Maybe next time I'll leave it to the experts though! If you fancy having a go at making your own hair of the dog, Rye & Soda are adding the DIY Bloody Mary Station to their brunches soon!
A generous selection of tasters was laid out for us to sample and I worked my way around the lot - hard work but somebody has to do it! The new menu is all about keeping it fresh and local, as shown with their fresh veg box soup of the day and the use of The Veg Company and Katy's eggs on various dishes.
Particular highlights were the gin and beetroot cured salmon, feta and pomegranate salad, mac and cheese bites and bruschetta. The burgers weren't quite as good as the ones from our wedding but my absolute favourite by a mile was the curried smoked haddock risotto. The menu is an eclectic mix of tasty, affordable dishes, bound to cater for everyone. I've got my eye on the tacos next time! With head chef Chris Tonner on the team, Rye and Soda is one to watch on the Granite City food scene.
Meanwhile, they continue to add to their ever growing drinks options with 10 Dollar Shake keeping the bar at the top of their game. Other offerings at Rye and Soda include the Tasting Academy and Bottle Shop. We were treated to a wine tasting session from bar manager Elias, who paired three wines with particular meals we had sampled. First up was a Chilean white wine to go with the salmon, followed by a much sweeter tasting dry white with the bruschetta. The red was our final wine, paired with the mini burgers in sweet brioche buns. I'm no wine conissieur but thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the various options from Elias.
After all that, I just about managed to fit in one of these mini chocolate muffins! If you're looking for a delicious and relaxed brunch this weekend, I'd highly recommend a trip to Rye and Soda. You'll find them in the Academy shopping centre, just off Belmont Street!
*I was invited to Rye & Soda's blogger brunch in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own and 100% genuine.