Saturday, 11 February 2012

bistro classics

A favourite restaurant is like an old friend. It’s there for you when you’ve had a shit day and all you want to do is be around people who know you well enough to drop a negroni on the table by your hand and a plate of something delicious in front of you. They’re happy for you when you fall in love and share it with other people and through rain, hail or shine, they’re there.

This weekend, Bird Cow Fish, one such favourite Surry Hills neighbourhood haunt, is bidding adieu to its loyal followers with just two more nights of service left. It got me thinking about how we should embrace our old faithful restaurant and bar haunts and just remind them that we’re there for them, just like they are for us.

Bird Cow Fish

Chef Alex Herbert is one of Australia’s most iconic female chefs. Outspoken and supportive of regional Australian produce, her humble Surry Hills bistro is full of simple, delicious food that contains no tricks, just produce at its best. Dishes like fluffy pillows of gnocchi with sweet prawns, or beef cheek pie will be on the farewell menu, so duck in for a glass of something delicious and a plate of something even tastier and say ciao.

Shop 4/5, 500 Crown Street Surry Hills
(02) 9380 4090

Il Baretto

Tucked in the back streets deep in Surry Hills, Il Baretto has long been known for its epic duck ragu, thick ribbons of sauce-coated pasta and chunks of rich flavourful duck pieces, as well as its spaghetti vongole. You used to have to head over to The Carrington to wait it out until a table came up, and these days, with The Carrington’s new injection on life, it might be the opposite, but winning dishes like these are worth waiting for, queue or no queue.

496 Bourke Street  Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9361 6163

Fish Face

Chef Steve (Hodgo) Hodges knows everything to know about fish. At his tiny little Darlinghurst fish café, fish are kept at different temperatures in order to maintain their integrity – they are never rinsed with tap water and when they reach the table, they’re the best they can possibly be. Add to this, a bustling, atmospheric environment, friendly service and a menu that could have you just pop in for fish and chips, or stay for a full on extravaganza starting with freshly shucked uni (sea urchin), pristine sashimi and other winning ways with seafood, if you’ve never visited, shame on  you. Remedy that situation.

132 Darlinghurst Road  Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 9332 4803