The Commissary

5 Reviews
Modern, Tapas
Phone Number 0724493697 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Friday 12noon to 2pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm to 10pm


Menu - The Commissary menu - Updated October 2019


Modern, Tapas
Bar scene, Family friendly, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Serves food, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jess Spiro

While The Commissary’s concept seems to be the antithesis of its elder sibling, The Shortmarket Club, the food is what reminds you that you’re eating at an LDR-associated restaurant. There are no reservations, and diners are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you’re seated, the presented menu is small, yet interesting, with a handful of plates intended to be shared. The best part about this menu is that the plates are so well-priced that you’re easily able to order one of everything.

Right off the bat, the flavours are unabashed and in-your-face, starting with oysters with a bracingly spicy nahm jim sauce and tuna tataki with a yuzu, peach and peanut dressing. Moving on to the Jason sourdough flatbread, made with Jason Lilley’s famed sourdough served alongside a smoky baba ganoush and salsa macha. It’s perfect for tearing and sharing in between the rest of the heat-packed dishes. The unexpected scene-stealer, however, has to be the wedge salad, with its creamy gorgonzola dressing and smoked pecans atop iceberg lettuce. It’s another welcome, cooling pause in the meal.

The pork katsu slider, (crumbed and deep-fried pork cutlet) is served on a mini potato bun, alongside a Korean barbecue sauce and shredded cabbage for further crunch. Long-standing Pot Luck Club fans will happily rejoice at the addition of Korean-fried chicken wings – made famous when Wesley was head chef there. They’re super crispy and have funky spice coming from the kimchi marinade and are perfectly paired with the accompanying miso mayo. Another iconic Randles dish is the SMC octopus slider, where the crispy, panko-crumbed octopus known and loved at The Shortmarket Club is dressed down in a steamed bun and drenched in a bright mango atchar and tamarind dressing. The Massaman-style lamb roti, featuring a slow-cooked lamb, is meltingly soft and accompanied by a delicate roti and fresh herb salad – perfect for rolling up and gobbling down in one go.
If you think you don’t have space for dessert, pause for a minute and make space – Juliet Randles’ sweets are not to be missed. The ‘Nice Cream’ is made via liquid nitrogen and a stand mixer, and pairs perfectly with her freshly-baked (read: still warm and gooey) white chocolate and cherry cookie.

With Simon Widdison taking care of the wine list, you can expect a varied offering of interesting local wines at reasonable pricing increments. If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful glass of rose or an all out bottle of red, this list has you covered. Similarly, there’s a neat curation of local beers as well as a fun cocktail menu.

The food comes out fast, and the service keeps up with it, which reminds you that Wesley and his team run a tight ship.

The Commissary is nothing like you’ve seen before. There are no reservations, you enter the space through a graffitied-hallway before you sit down at communal tables to eat off plastic and enamel plates, and mess hall-style trays. Multi-coloured lights and splashes of spray paint encourage you to top up your drink, and settle in for – lack of a better word – a “jol”.

(November 2018)

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Great service. The restaurant was very quite though. Friendly staff and attentive. However would rather go to Pot Luck Club next time. Same concept, less variety. Also not so sure if the theme really works for me. Fine dining on plastic plates... maybe if the food was a fine-dining version of street food. There was also a lot of spicy dishes on the menu including the oyster, sweet potato and fried chicken with a small punch in the calamari. The calamari and oyster was amazing, but the hotness of the other dishes were overbearing. Considering that there were just 8 items (excluding dessert and the one item that was not available) and 4 of them were spices, the menu was not well balanced for me.
    This review is quite out of date - I was so disappointed and embarrassed when I’d signed friends up for a dinner you actually had to book more than a week for. It’s just that I so trusted Eat Out and didn’t think I needed to check 5 different websites before I visited a restaurant I was so so looking forward to.
    Such a breath of fresh air. Grunge meets fine dining. Can’t rave enough about the ceviche ~ wow. Great service only added to our evening. Definitely best for a 2-3 person evening.
    Good eatery, pricey by the time you order enough to manage your hunger. Was extremely different to the sister restaurants which we liked, the food was really tasty, especially the oysters, reminded me of chefs warehouse. Not so keen on the venue, but that’s just me. It was quite loud though and our server didn’t seem very interested or friendly unfortunately. We’ll go back with friends for sure.

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