A wine bar, you say, in Mascot? Truth be told, it’s not a suburb I usually visit unless it’s to blow this town, but somehow I found myself agreeing to check it out. Despite a name that summons a bikie dive, you’re actually looking for a slickly fitted out blonde-wood café/wine bar at the end of a row of restaurants, in an industrial/residential complex. It’s made edgier – well as edgy as the Qantas corporate set probably get – by large, colourful aerosol and acrylic works from Sydney street artist Alex Lehours. The menu offers up wraps and hot sangers like the Reuben ($9) or the even better Cuban ($9) boasting roast pork, spiced mayo and cheese. Plus they do a decent coffee – I took mine as a double shot Affogato ($5.50). On cool days they’re also trotting out a substantial Lamb Meatball with Korma and Red Lentil Soup ($13.50). When I gave them some stick about their Reuben not being quite the real deal, owner Elizabeth Woods (ex-Bite Café at Simon Johnson Alexandria) was quick to quip: “Well, we are The Renegades…” They’re finally finished the merry council dance for extended trading hours, so on Thursday and Friday evenings they’ll be open late in a wine bar format.
Shop 1, 230 Coward Street, Mascot
Ph: (02) 8338 8884 the-renegades.com.au
Café, Bar $