Smokin’ Hot – West Street’s BBQ Smokehouse

From a spare parts shop to a smokehouse –Sounds on West has injected some serious cool into West Street.

Owned by the guys behind Six String Brewing Co, Chris Benson and Ryan Harris, and Chris’ brother Bryce, the Umina restaurant opened in late 2015 after a dramatic transformation.

With Six String on tap, live music, a tantalising menu and a trendy fitout, it’s undoubtedly one of the Peninsula’s hottest hangouts.

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The food and the feel is reminiscent of a barbecue smokehouse in the deep south – if it ain’t smoked, it’s pulled or fried.

There’s Panko crumbed pickles, truffled mac and cheese, beans with pork belly, fried Halloumi curd from Little Creek Cheese, corn on the cob, pork and maple sausage plus smoked meats including brisket and beef ribs.

It’s hearty and flavourful, real man food that us girls can also sink our teeth into.

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Southern-style food at Sounds on West

The ladies behind the uber cool space are Xanthe Highfield and Cate Stewart – two local hipsters who have joined their creative forces to start a new business, Stewart+Highfield.

Their chic flourishes include retro mesh stools lining a bench that looks out onto West St, succulents and hanging plants that add a splash of greenery, ever-trendy Edison bulbs and handpainted brick work.

Sounds on West was the first official interior design project for Stewart+Highfield but we expect it won’t be long before they’ll be making their stylish mark on many more local venues.

Sounds on West

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The establishment is fast making a name for itself as a live music venue.

If you’re lucky, you might get a side of toe-tapping blues with your brisket.

Sounds on West is open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Coastal Chic Tip: Arrive hungry and try lots of things – even if you’re not sure what it is, there’s a good chance it’ll be delicious.


2 responses to “Smokin’ Hot – West Street’s BBQ Smokehouse”

  1. Avatar Joanne Marchese says:

    I am not from the coast . Where is west street? As a weekend coaster it would be great if you could put the address of the places you feature in your articles. Great reciews, I just don’t know where they are! Jo

    • Avatar Christine says:

      Hi Jo, West Street is Umina’s main strip and you’ll find Sounds on West at the quiet end, just past Woollies. We include a hyperlink to the businesses we feature so you can find out more info like address/menu etc if you want (though i see it had dropped off this post for some reason – it’s back now!). Glad you like the reviews – if you end up going to Sounds, we’d love to hear what you think.

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