Japanese street food stall Konbini moves into Applewood’s distillery door

Just after shutting its Railway Station shopfront, Konbini has extra its meals presenting to Applewood Distillery’s Gumeracha cellar door.

For the last thirty day period, people today viewing Gumeracha distillery Applewood will have seen a new foodstuff menu has been included to the venue’s providing.

Jason Barber, who is a co-founder of Excellent Gilbert, has begun serving the sandos and treats of his other enterprise, Konbini, from the Applewood kitchen area.

“it’s form of been going gangbusters,” Jason says.

“Every 7 days there’s one more half much more orders, and it is been very great, simply because they’ve just been executing cheese plates and things for a when.

“And the Japanese food stuff undoubtedly moves in line with the Unico Zelo stuff, [which] is rather Japanese-motivated.”

Jason Barber

Konbini very first released as an offshoot of Jason’s café brand, Mornings, offering up coffee and seize-and-go treats akin to what you may well obtain in a Japanese advantage store (therefore the identify).

The idea evolved when Jason introduced a compact kitchen area established up into the space, presenting up sandos, onigiri and deep-fried snacks like karaage.

Not extended right after the relaunch, Konbini’s momentum was hampered by the lots of disruptions of 2020.

Jason made the decision to near the shop just after the November COVID lockdown, going significantly of the gear to Very good Gilbert, which he runs with Wilson Shawyer of Commute.

Continue to passionate about exploring Japanese avenue food as a result of Konbini, Jason struck up a conversation with Laura and Brendan Carter, who he had turn into pals with through the Railway Station keep.

Applewood had been looking for a way to encourage their company to linger a little extended at their space, and Konbini’s treats had been a excellent suit.

“They noticed that it was these kinds of a tiny house that we had to function with [at the distillery], and it’s a modest place that we worked with in the prepare station, and the food items that arrived out was conducive to drinking a lot more. It is a fairly superior match,” Jason states.

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The present menu consists of two sandos: rooster katsu, and mushroom kombu patty as properly as korokke and karaage.

The menu will establish additional as Konbini settles in.

“We’re hunting at the takoyaki and bringing the onigiri stuff again, just seeking diverse stuff out each individual 7 days and seeing what individuals are attracting to,” Jason claims.

Applewood exists on a wide expanse of land (especially when in contrast to Konbini’s previous tenancy), and Jason is eager to make the most of this.

Jason is keen to also make the use of the excess place he now has accessibility to on the distillery’s broader assets, web hosting ticketed competition-design events.

“I’d like to be in a position to do ticketed situations and a lot more Japanese road food stuff and items that are cohesive to their supplying below,” Jason claims.

“Being ready to entertain the larger sized buses that appear by way of and undertaking those people much more Japanese-type gatherings that you would not normally be capable to do, except if it is element of a ticketed thing.”

You can get a Konbini sando at Applewood Distillery seven days a 7 days, from 12pm ’til 5pm.

Maintain an ear out for occasions by following Applewood on Fb and Instagram

Barbara J. Miriam

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