Friday, 19 November 2010

new sydney eats


Sydney's seen a slew of new, exciting places open up in the last few months. So it's time to recap where's hot to trot at the moment.

PorteƱo
358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills 2010
(02) 8399 1440


Sydney's favourite rockabilly chef duo, Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate have done it again, working their own brand of cool on the old Dimitri's restaurant on Cleveland Street, Surry Hills - it's only claim to fame was a sign that sat outside for years saying 'official wrap party location for Moulin Rouge'. Um, ok.

Abrahanowicz's Argentinian heritage and the duo's ballsy style has transformed this sprawling location into hacienda cool, with marble-topped tables, rendered walls and black accents. The crowning glory here is the asador, a South American torture chamber-looking device that's responsible for the toothsome, smokey, bbq smells that pervade the restaurant.

Order the suckling pig: the head of which is served to the table with a knife through the eye. Other wins include veal sweetbreads - sticky, salty and tender pieces of goodness, fried Brussels sprouts - caramel golden on the outside, with a nutty texture that dares you to rethink everything you know about this largely misunderstood vegetable. Wash it all down with a jug of sangria or a Spanish apple cider. 

Bar H
80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills 2010
(02) 9280 1980


Hamish Ingham and his partner in crime Rebecca, have taken over the well known location that once was The Wall, on Foster Street, Surry Hills. Not just a place to grab a great coffee, the entire site has been overhauled, all moody and dark blue with it's long bar and cosy booths and golden vintage sourced features. 

When it comes to the food, Ingham's deft hand and elegantly subtle style pervades the menu, highlighting the quality of the produce. There's an oyster menu and these guys need to be tasted to be believed, so start your meal by throwing a few of these babies back. 

There's a degustation option which will allow you to sample the best of the hard-to-choose menu,  but if you're going ala carte, the picks here would have to be the Mulloway sashimi with pickled beetroot salad - fresh, light, perfect for this time of the year. Fashion plate ox tongue makes an appearance here too, with cute lil' breakfast radishes and zingy touches of ginger and citrus.

Love Tilly Devine
91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst 2010

There are small bars and there are small, awesome bars. This is the latter. The namesake may have been a razor-toting gangland mama from the bad old days around these parts, now, Tilly represents an appreciation for great wine and atmosphere. Loved by wine industry peeps and locals alike, this blink and you'll miss it new comer has been scoring points with Sydney for its winning combination of shabby chic, great service and a cracking wine list...300 wines. Yep: read it and weep with happiness, vino overs. 

Here, there are salumi plates and a highly rated brushetta, in the company of other solid bar staples. and with a wine list this big, you'd better order something to soak up the alcohol.

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