Monthly Archives: November 2011

If you stalk food porn you’re sure to have encountered a post on the Dip and spied some glorious photos of chef Levin’s hotdogs, burgers, nachos and grilled corn. Just like with any kind of romance (ok so mine is with food don’t judge) it’s all giddy at the start when it’s new, but it has to evolve to stay interesting. So after celebrating 6 months of dungeon deliciousness the guys at Goodgod Small Bar’s canteen have done just that.

Arriving early (well technically late but early by our standards..and it turned out by everyone else’s too) for a gig we thought it best to sooth our stomachs with a bit of American comfort beforehand, as we sidle up to the counter I looked up and saw the black board shouting “New Menu!”. We took the hint and scanned the new cards which now featured an expanded list of hot dogs along with the addition of a summer salad and hot wings.

Anyway enough talk, time to get scrolling.

The Coaster punch jug: GoodGod’s orange margarita made with 100% blue agave tequila, cointreau, orange bitters & fresh orange $33

The guys have heaps of punch jugs on offer, we opted for something citrusy but found this a bit too sweet.

Mocktail (by request) $3.50

Salsa Fries: thick cut steak fries with fresh tomato salsa and cheese $7

The fries here seem to have a size crisis, the first time I had these they were deliciously crisp with a salty salsa but the serving was very small. This time however the size has doubled but they’re not as good as I recall with a saddening salsa to chip ratio.

Aperol Spritz $8.50

After the guys at 10 William St popped my Spritz cherry it seems like a good default drink to request, not too sweet, very drinkable and it somehow masks your inability to navigate around a drinks menu. On my last visit it was promoted as a special drink for $10 however this time it was somehow a cheaper item.

Confuse di Mouth: smoked kosher hot dog with melted cheese, dill pickles, grilled onions, american mustard and ketchup $12

Watermelon and Bacon burger (special): grilled watermelon, bacon, lettuce and onions $12

Although the new hot dogs sound amazing (who can turn down peppers with relish on their dogs) my curiosity kicked in when I spotted the special item. The idea of watermelon and bacon sounds like a rather dubious marriage but I put my faith in the professionals and those guys knew what they were doing! The watermelon was just a little sweet with the density of grilled cucumber and all the ingredients bar the lettuce spent some time on the grill making the overall flavour intensely smokey, we agreed this was a must have.

Lev’s Dawg: smoked kosher hot dog with chipotle mayo, fresh tomato salsa, grilled yellow peppers and american mustard on a steamed bun $12 + Southern Smoke: 12 hour smoked pulled pork sandwiches with bbq beans, apple and cabbage slaw and bbq sauce $12

We also tried some classics, the southern smoke’s still a winner with the beautifully tender pulled pork a dove tailed match to the apple and cabbage slaw. My face got a bit messy with the super soft damper bun but we all make do with life’s hardships.

Hot Wings: red hot chicken wings with celery and ranch dipping sauce $10

The hot wings have now made their way onto the permanent menu, they were adequately hot and salty but we were under the impression they were going to be fried wings speckled with chilli much like the ones at Norfolk so we were a bit disappointed. The chicken was overcooked and I had no idea what I was meant to do with the celery which became a bit of an after thought nibble once the wings were finished.

Ice Cold Guac: sweet avocado ice cream with strawberry salsa and waffle chips $10

I liked the idea of the Ice Cold Guac and was bemused by the idea of “Mexing” up the dessert with some waffle chips and strawberry salsa. Although the taste was quite decent the serving was rather small and the iced avocado too hard.

Peanut Butter n Jelly Sandwich: peanut butter ice cream with toasted brioche and strawberry jelly $10

Another entertaining reinvention, peanut butter and jelly cold sandwich with the jelly being a runny drizzle of strawberry sauce. This too I thought was on the small side and although not bad I probably wouldn’t order it again.

The Dip’s strengths lies in Levin’s barbecuing finesse with fantastically smokey burgers and delicious hot dogs. The team would likely benefit from hiring someone who has a bit more experience with desserts or maybe source their ice cream from the Messina boys who do a mean rendition of salty peanut.Having said that it’s a pretty chill place serving good dosh up til the wee hours and in a city like Sydney with limited supper venues we can only thank the Lord we’ve got the Dip.

Three out of five

Totally no fuss and cheery food by an ex DJ cooking with a lot of love at this American style canteen. Although sometimes there may be a slight struggle with consistency (and I’m not a big fan of the desserts) it’s still hands down my number 1 choice when I’m in the city and looking for an easy late night feed. If the bacon and watermelon burger’s still lingering around on the specials board I’d recommend you give it a go. All the food requires you to dig in and get your hands dirty; just don’t come dressed in anything too nice or your dry cleaner might be a bit upset over the sauce stains.

The Dip @ Goodgod Small Bar
a. 55 Liverpool Street Chinatown
t. 9283 8792
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There’s something sexy about corruption – perhaps it’s the hedonistic boozing, politics & favours behind closed doors, beaded silk french dresses, violence in a tailored three-piece suit or the pungent pheromones from a stack of Benjamins. It may also be because I’ve been watching too much Boardwalk Empire and have a thing for Buscemi’s shrew 1920’s gangster politician and the lobster and scotch the debauched seem to be downing as they dance the night away at Babette’s Supper Club.

If it all sounds pretty dandy and you’re lamenting that time travel doesn’t seem to be a viable option how about you pay a visit to Hinky Dinks instead? The (almost) three-month old 50’s themed small bar is named after Michael ‘Hinky Dink’ Kenna a corrupt Chicago politician who, during the turn of the 20th century gave out meals in exchange for votes and kept close ties with gamblers, gangsters, prostitutes and pimps alike. His namesake bar though seems to share none of the shadiness but reflects the same cheeky attitude  (after all their motto is “Cocktails first. Questions later…”) and middle America pastel, wood and linoleum sheen.

Jenny and I turn up early on a Friday evening ready for some high end (i.e delicious cocktails) boozing, co-owner Dan Knight (ex Longrain) rushes to the door, flashes us a dazzling smile and welcomes us inside…that is as soon has he poses for a photo first.

We’re lucky and manage to snag the last corner spot in the lounge area and immediately start perusing the menu booklet whilst snacking on our complimentary popcorn.

We start off with something fresh: Jenny’s drawn to the idea of basil and honey in a cocktail whilst I instantly prick up at the sight of some potential elderflower liqueur.

HinkyDinks_03Romolo 42: 42 Below Manuka Honey, fresh basil, organic apple, fresh lemon, egg whites $16

The cocktail arrives with a lone basil leaf floating on some foamy egg white, it’s light but still quite sweet with the basil lending the drink some depth.

Elderfashioned (House-aged cocktail rested in American oak barrels): Kentucky bourbon, elderflower liqueur, aromatic bitters with citrus garnish over block ice $18

I envisaged the combination of flower liqueur and American oak would provide a nuanced mild drink however I didn’t read the description thoroughly and only later realised that the Kentucky bourbon (which I dislike) makes up a large portion of the drink which turned out to be quite stiff. The scotch drinker of our group approved though and ordered another.

Pan-fried olive and Parmesan sandwich $8

The infamous sandwich arrived and the oil from pan and cheese seems to seep through the three golden triangles with the smear of tapenade and Parmesan holding it all together. It was heart-palpitating delicious and we savoured the beautiful marriage of Parmesan and olive until the last bite.

Chicken liver parfait with cornichons & sourdough toast $16

We’re also renown lovers of a good poultry liver pate and order the chicken liver pate. It arrives in a fair sized ramekin with a thick layer of butter and some pre-buttered toasty hot sourdough. We take turns slathering on a small mound of parfait onto the bread before downing it with gusto.

Hinky Fizz: In-house strawberry and prosecco sorbet, Bombay Sapphire, elderflower liqueur, peach bitters, grapefruit fizz $16

The squeal-worthy Hinky Fizz arrives in an ice cream cup with a generous scoop of sweet prosecco sorbet paddling around in a pool of sweet summery fizz.

Zombie: Silver, aged and OP rums, Luxardo, cinnamon syrup, fresh lime, passionfruit, grapefruit juice, absinthe flame $19 + Castaway Collins: Sailor Jerry Spiced, fresh pineapple, fresh lemon, pineapple juice, in-house pomegranate and cinnamon syrup, bitters, soda $17

I urged someone to order the Zombie since it’s meant to be killer potent (orders capped at two per person!) but it turned out to be quite sweet and fruity with the alcohol largely masked by the grapefruit juice. The Castaway Collins is also an easy one to down with the pineapple juice dominating.

(Left to right, top to bottom) Dinky Five-O: Pisco, fresh lemon, in-house Five-O syrup, fresh berries, ginger beer $16 + The mint green bar + Gin ‘n’ Jam: Bombay Sapphire, Aperol, in-house rose-petal jam, fresh lemon, cranberry bitters, egg whites $17 + Extra popcorn $5

The Dinky Five-O was a happy drink with little seeds from the fresh blackberries levitating within the ginger beer but the Gin ‘n’ Jam though was amazing: the floral notes of the home-made rose petal jam providing a touch of sweet elegance.

Fried squid with aioli $16

I’ve read complaints that the squid would be too pale but found I really enjoyed them this way. The thinness of the batter allowed the taste of the squid to shine through and the addition of parsley and basil was a stroke of genius. I would seriously like to request all fried items from now on in to include a toss of fresh herbs to lighten the grease load.

Chocolate mousse $10

One of the team has an insatiable sweet tooth and couldn’t resist finishing off with some chocolate mousse which arrived in a wide-brimmed tea cup. All of a sudden everyone started making googly eyes at each other so I dipped my spoon in as well…my, who’d have thought a chocolate mousse could be this good! Little specks of chocolate hiding at the bottom amongst a thick swathe of rich chocolate cream which tastes so luxurious without being overly milky.

The well-considered cocktails of co-owner and award-winning bar tender Jeremy Shipley (ex Longrain, Guillaume at Bennelong) coupled with some seriously indulgent nibbles designed by Laif Etournaud of ONDE means we found it hard to leave. Languishing on the couches and watching the Kings Cross locals stagger by we saw groups come and go however we couldn’t part until we finished every last morsel. To leave something so good unfinished would be criminal.

The Verdict
A blend of cute, quirk and cool Hinky Dinks is a downright cosy spot to while away the evening. I’ll definitely be back to try more of Shipley’s cocktails with some meatballs and croquettes. The one downer might be that so much deliciousness can come at a price however since our last visit they’ve launched a live site and published some good value specials. They now have a happy hour which runs from 5-7pm daily with a selection of cocktails going for only $10 a pop and the must-try Parmesan & olive sandwich going for only $6. Uh oh, now you’ve got no excuse.

Hinky Dinks
a. 185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
t. 8084 6379
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Despite my best efforts it’s been a bit difficult to find a time to visit Freda’s since it’s not located near many other drinking establishments except the Abercrombie so for now we’ve settled for popping by for lunch instead.

Even after some online sleuthing it took us a few moments to find Freda’s. The entrance is nondescript, a single green blackboard hangs on a gate listing a couple of daily offerings and a chalk drawn arrow pointing down the long empty driveway. We bump into a waitress who leads us down and through an opening; we step inside eyes adjusting to the cool darkness and tungsten lit space within.

The three amigos Simon Cancio (ex Sean’s Panorama, Onde, Luxe and Bourke Street bakeries), Ibrahim Kasif (ex Fish Face) and Marty Campaign (ex el Coctel) have taken over this 100 year old site and upped the charm to provide a sleek drinking hole. There’s something about warehouses which seem super awesome or maybe it’s just a personal penchant for exposed beams, bricks and industrial chic but the space just feels NYC cool.

Large Cappuccino $4.50

The two of us settle down at the window bay and are handed a single page drinks menu. I’ve yet to have my caffeine hit so played it safe whilst Jen is keen to sample the daily juice.

Daily Juice: Watermelon with Mint $4

Campaign delivers this tall glass to our table, it’s refreshing and visually intense with the added flourish of a mint sprig making it appear more like a cocktail.

The food can vary daily, the short chalkboard menu lists sandwiches and salads but we were adamant about trying the slow roasted pork sandwich. Noticing our indecision regarding salad choice (I’m failing to make all the tough decisions) the waitress suggested that she could serve a half and half: my face lit up at this compromise, it’s a fantastic solution and I lamented that not everyone could offer me half and half of everything in life.

Salad of cauliflower, quinoa, broad beans and fennel + Salad of sugar snap green bean, broccoli, hazelnut and orange vinegarette $10

Our pretty plate of greens arrive and Jen notes it’s really fresh and delicious. I love their creativity in mixing beans with hazelnuts but would say my preference lies with the cauliflower and broad bean combination. They didn’t overdo it with the quinoa which added a beautiful texture without trying too hard (unlike some other chefs, guys please take note just because it’s the super food of the moment doesn’t mean you have to use it with everything) and I’m stoked to say it’s the best quinoa dish I’ve had to date.

Slow roasted pork shoulder with cabbage and salsa verde sandwich $11

But of course munchkins we were here for the slow roasted pork sando. The floury ciabatta made fresh that morning by Cancio is light yet has enough chew resistance, the pork shoulder meat tender and slathered with the salsa verde. It comes sliced and served with half a gherkin and two slices of radishes pickled with beetroot juice.

Little details: small chunks of roast pork, dessert spoon at the ready, second hand chairs, South American scenes and tapestry

Luckily we avoided potential disaster by sharing instead of ordering two sandwiches so we still had a small empty corner in our stomachs shaped like a slice of their cake of the day.

Orange cake $7

My eyes widen when we were presented with this cake slice, it was quite a generous serving and yet homely at the same time (I’m sure if my grandma wasn’t Asian she would bake me something like this). Sliding our forks in we mused over why there wasn’t any syrup but one taste and it was obvious: the cake was already exceptionally moist with small squares of orange peel folded through. They’ve also managed to keep the sugar content down and let the natural sweetness of the orange shine. We polished this off in moments and as Campaign walked past to ask us how our cake was he laughed when he noticed our spotless plate. Somethings are just too good and we thought it best not to leave any evidence behind.

Three out of five

The Verdict
This two week old small bar has yet to catch on big so you can still have a quiet soothing lunch with your mates and sip a summer juice before heading back to the studio. I confess to being a little disappointed that the pork to bread ratio wasn’t as luxurious as that of the photos posted on their Facebook page but it still tasted amazing with my friend pining for the sandwich hours later. I’m definitely keen to come back one evening to try a few cocktails while nibbling on some beautiful Iberian bar food.

a. 109 Regent Street Chippendale (walk down the driveway and there should be a door to your left)
t. 8971 7336
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It’s pretty handy having good friends living in the city. It becomes infinitely convenient to have a cold beer while waiting for your appointment, parking becomes a non issue and it’s a kind comfort to know you have a place to sleep off the booze when you miss the last train home. For those not blessed with this golden goose of friendship you’ll at least always have Darlie Laundromatic. While they probably can’t offer you a soft spot to rest your head, they’ll certainly make you feel at home as you sip your $5 Tsing Tao tinnie in the courtyard and line your stomach with some fine morsels while you wait for the afternoon to pass.

Just a jig away from Shady Pines, the Darlie has been open since July and they’ve built up a quiet circle of friends: the teetering blue and green laundromat themed small bar attracts an easy going local crowd. We bump elbows and share friendly jibes with our neighbours whilst waiting for the other half of our party to arrive.

Raspberry and Ginger cordial with Vodka soda $7.50

The terrace bar is decorated as a kitschy style hangout, so what’s more quaint than home made cordial? We tried the raspberry with ginger and was surprised to find it had that lingering ginger warmth without being too sweet (although I would have welcomed a heavier hand with the vodka). They also offered pear & maple cordial which was a bit disappointing as it erred on the bland side.

Danish Dog: lightly toasted bun with remoulade, crunchy onions, pickled cucumber and relish  $4.50

The food menu includes bar snacks, salads and steak sandwiches but most people are here for the food item of 2011: hot dogs (mini ones no less just to up the hip factor). I opted for the Danish dog and tried my best to savour this cutie but it was difficult not to cram it down in one go.

Laundry Dog: lightly toasted bun with mustard, caramelised onion, cheese, grated dill pickles and harissa aioli $5

Agatha opted for the dog of the house, made all the more tasty with the addition of caramelised onions and slight burn from the Harissa. We both nodded with agreement: these were easily some of the best hot dogs we’ve had.

The tiny bar counter

At this point more people started floating in so we all wiggled along the communal table to make room for each other.

Cordial with soda $4

If you happen to be driving fear not, you can always try the cordial sans vodka. It’s an extra large serving of cordial arriving in a tall milkshake glass (of course).

Mini Laundry Burger: with mustard, caramelised onion, cheese, grated dill pickles and Harissa aioli $5 + Sour Apple cordial with Vodka soda $7.50

We flirted with the idea of ordering the rustic ploughmans platter or the BBQ pork & mango salad but settled on the mini burgers featured on the specials board. If the hot dogs were good these burgers were amazing: the mini patty deliciously juicy, we finished the sliders in record time with the residual kick of Harissa aioli lingering on our tongues.

Mini Cheese Burger $5

Since we’re running late for a gig, the four of us regretfully had to skip the prospect of some ice cream sandwiches and strawberries with cream. As we rush out the door another couple wandered in, holding the door for us whilst we fumbled with our jackets and handbags. Whoever said community was dead obviously just needed an afternoon with the laundry.

Three out of five

The Verdict
A perfect haunt for lazy evenings or a great pit stop to meetup with friends before a night out, you won’t have to feel out of place at this casual home away from home. The folks have also saved any need for deliberation before bringing your friends via providing options for vegetarians, vegans and the gluten intolerant alike. If you find yourself at the Laundromatic make sure you order a glass of the home made cordial with your hot dog sliders, we’d easily down a score of these again.

Darlie Laundromatic
a. 304 Palmer Street Darlinghurst
t. 8095 0129
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I’m a food research fanatic: if I know we’re heading out I’ve got all the best nearby dining options mapped out ahead of time in case I find myself in a food emergency (you never know when it’ll strike). The new Honeycomb however is situated on a quaint albeit slightly awkward corner away from the shops, bars and cinemas of Paddington and Kings Cross, so it’s been on my radar for a while now (since I spotted it on Lee Tran Lam’s blog) but I was lying in wait for a good excuse to go.

Auspiciously, my momentarily benevolent sister offered to take me out for lunch to celebrate my old age and so the two of us ladies rock up at Andy Bunn’s newest venture one late Saturday arvo and nestle in at a table along the cushioned window bay.

San Pellegrino Limonata $5 + Cappuccino $3.5

I expected the traditional black board menu to take pride of place on the wall but maybe in a small move away from drawing one too many parallels with Cafe Sopra it’s been taken down and replaced with a slim folded paper menu. The clientele so far seems to be mostly locals dropping by for a coffee and panini with their Herald or a glass of wine with pasta during their weekend catchup. The service is simple and friendly and our chirpy Smartie-blue shod waitress is quick to greet us, seat us and recite the daily specials.

Wagyu bresaola with pear, parmesan, watercress $23

It was a really hot afternoon so we opted for the easy simplicity of the bresaola dish; the sweetness of the thick balsamic and pear slices a classic match for the rich marbled sheets of beef.

Orrechetti with prawn, chilli, garlic & lemon $24

While we’re here we couldn’t miss out on the pasta. The chunks of prawns were fantastically fresh and a perfectly sized pairing to the orrechetti.

Cabbage salad with reggiano and aged balsamic $16

Tossing up between the plethora of salads and sides we left the choice up to our waitress who suggested the cabbage salad. We didn’t expect much from cabbage (who does) but little did we realise this was a famous Bunn creation: boldly peppered and served with a generous dousing of grated reggiano, the first mouthful was a pleasant punch to the palate.

Banoffee pie $14

Dessert time rolled round and we thought to ask our waitress which was her favourite (turns out it was a tie between the banoffee pie and the semifreddo). We tried to nudge her into declaring which was best but it was probably easier to ask the parents strolling by which of their children was the favourite.

In my experience a small serving of banoffee pie can fill you up quickly, the culmination of digestive biscuits, cream and condensed milk can weigh down the most avid sweet-tooth. Bunn’s baby however is really light, with no single element overpowering the other; the sweetness of the banana shines and the telling specks of vanilla bean in the cream has been said to bring a tear to a young girl’s eye.

The Verdict 
It’s now over a month old and this little hive is getting busy. Located on a quiet corner of Darlinghurst most of the fans are (still) locals just taking it easy. The menu is simple but varied and can cater to your desire for a bowl of muesli or a three course meal including lamb ragu, field mushrooms and honeycomb parfait. Completely without pretension, this is a idyllic place to visit if you’re keen to try Bunn’s Italian in a quiet nook of town without a queue in sight.

a. 354 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst
t. 9331 3387

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With a to eat list expanding faster than my wallet can keep up with, it’s rare to find a place you love enough to revisit so soon but barely a couple of months had passed and here I was standing outside 10 William Street and feeling pretty excited.

As the rule of thumb goes if you have a hard time finding it, it’s probably going to serve up some amazing dosh. The exterior of this Fratelli Paradiso sibling is fairly spartan: a glass front with an open door luring you into the narrow wine bar within. The interior is fitted with a leather sitter which runs the perimeter of the front room, small green and white cafe tables provide a good rest for tired elbows whilst a collection of Thonet bentwood chairs and stools compliment the understated cream paneling.

Aperol Spritz $15

Our waiter revisits us a few times but noticing our alarmed eyes (a wine list which comes in a binder should freak out any casual wine drinker) he suggested we start off with “what everyone in Milan is drinking poolside this summer”. Moments later we were sipping away at a couple of Aperol Spritzes, made none too sweet, balanced out with the slight bitterness from a sliver of lemon and cradling a stirrer speared with two large green olives.

Olives $6

The olives were beautifully firm with a long drawn out taste that lingered on your tongue, so good in fact we had to order a whole bowl. Moments later our last member wanders in and settles down with a Spritz in hand. We eagerly signal that it’s time for the show to begin!

Seared tuna, sweet corn, leek $19

First to arrive is the tuna, decorated with the dark smokey cross hatch of the grill and resting on a bed of pureed sweet corn. A drizzle of olive of olive oil, a small bush of micro herbs, a line of balsamic and topped off with fried strings of leek: it was delectable and now I could see why this sold out the last time I was here.

Sopressa panzerotti (Cured pork neck with fried bread) $17

I had no idea what to expect with the special as all I heard was “pork neck” and “fried bread”; somehow I imagined a dish of roasted springy neck meat paired with a slightly oily loaf (don’t ask why). Instead what came out was a fanned out mat of cured pork neck shavings and a pile of light crunchy pillows of ‘bread’. We were instructed to wrap the shavings around the bread before popping them in our mouths, it was divine! We started pondering how these Italians turn the humble pairing of meat and bread into something so sophisticated and delicious.

After finally settling on a bottle of ‘textural’ French white (the lovely waiter left us the bottle for a moment so I could photograph it – so nice *sniff*) it was time to move onto the main attraction.

Pasta al forno $21

A simple dish of rigatoni swathed in the aroma of four cheeses: the different textures and contrast of savoury with sour (possibly from the Pecorino and Mascarpone) was cleaned up in minutes.

Angus sirloin, potato, rocket $24

The steak was simple but well executed, it arrived already divvied up with a small side of rocket and roast potato.

Maccheroni braised oxtail ragu $21

The dishes here are on the small side and we felt there was still room for more so we added an old favourite: the pasta with oxtail ragu. Spearing the maccheroni onto our forks we gobbled down the last of the al dente pasta and rich sauce before guiltily realising we overdid it a little. Sensing the stretch of our belts, the general consensus was to stand firm in the face of temptation. This means no dessert tonight.

Our waiter stops by and asks if we’ll be having dessert, he senses another flash of indecision and starts monologuing about the wonders of tiramisu and how after starting work here he ate one every night and gained three kilos. “The only tiramisu better than this is one” he declared, “I had at a friend’s house, they were first generation Italians and theirs was drenched in Marsala it was the best thing on earth”.

Tiramisu ‘Fratelli’ $7 & Moscato di Trani Rivera 08 Pugua $12

After such high praise and drool inducing talk we crumbled like the feeble-willed eaters we were and ordered the Tiramisu with a glass of Moscato. I momentarily slipped away to the Narnia-esque bathroom and came back to discover the dessert had arrived but some eager eaters couldn’t resist “sampling” the cream layer. Fratelli’s version was much wetter than most, with a generous layer of coffee infused cream & mascarpone on top to ensure each spoonful was as fattening (i.e. delectable) as the first.

It was amusing watching everyone’s euphoric reactions over the Tiramisu, they were so impressed it was only adequate we facebooked the news as fast as possible. Spread the word folks but maybe just amongst your besties, after all we’d like a spot at the table too.


The Verdict
It’s been a year since the brothers Paradiso have opened this little wine bar and 10 William Street has lost none of its charm. A varied and dense wine list coupled with the daily chalkboard menu based on using the freshest produce delivers a winning combination not enough Sydney-siders have cottoned on to. Don’t come with a full stomach and make sure you leave room for the tiramisu. My only word of warning is keep an eye on the bill, it adds up fast or you can just turn away and close your eyes to savour another sip. No one will blame you.

10 William Street
a. 10 William Street Paddington
t. 9360 3310

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Taco Tuesdays, a sweet sound to any cheapskate’s ears. After imbibing a few drinks at the preview of Justus magazine, we eagerly tottered down to the Norfolk to get our taco on.

Despite arriving fairly late, the garden area is still packed out so we settle for a newly vacated table at the front. The menu does offer a selection of fairly traditional pub grub (burgers, schnitzels, steak, fish and chips) but it’s no secret everyone’s here for the soft shell tacos.

Pork soft shell taco: braised pork neck, onions, cabbage, apple & Nopales Mojo Verde, coriander $3 (normally $5.50)

We placed our order at the bar and it’s not long before the waitress swoops over with a giant tray and starts offloading these babies and break neck speed. The first to greet my stomach was the pork taco: deliciously soft and flavoursome pork neck married with the fresh crunch of cabbage and apple.

Beef: beef brisket, queso fresco, scallions & lime, salsa mojo $3 (normally $5.50)

I didn’t try the beef but can only assume they were quite good if the rate at which they were consumed provides some indication of tastiness.

Chicken: chargrilled chicken thigh, red onion & cucumber salsa, guacamole, lettuce, chipotle mayo $3 (normally $5.50)

The chicken is probably the lesser surprise and sticks to more or less the simple flavours of onion, avocado and mayo.

Fish soft shell taco: grilled fish, achiote paste, lettuce, pico de gallo, lime $3 (normally $5.50)

What I was really looking forward to was the fish taco, a delicious strip of grilled fish marinated in achiote paste (generally a blend of spices including annatoo, Mexican oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, all spice, garlic and salt) and served with a dollop of what I assume is tomato, white onion and chilli. People don’t normally associate fish with tacos but this is by far one of the tastiest combinations finished off with a small wriggle of heat. They’re so good I’m keen to make some myself and found quite a fetching recipe from Food Safari to try out.

The waitresses spend all night running around handing out the never ending taco orders, perhaps a good time to ask management for a pair of skates?

Fried Chicken Wings: with hot sauce and red eye mayo $13.50

The multitude of additional bar snacks on the menu were just too tempting, although we were here for the tacos we couldn’t help but slip in an order of fried chicken wings: hot out of the deep fryer and speckled with pepper and chilli we finished these off as quickly as possible while tossing the hot morsels from hand to hand.

Despite being advertised as snacks, a few tacos each were enough for the three of us to reach full capacity and after the finger lickin’ tasty ending of some friend chilli chicken, the question of dessert doesn’t even arise.

The Verdict
It’s a cheerful and easy place with casual bar staff and a running special for every day of the week. The times I’ve visited, the place has been fairly packed out and can get a bit stuffy so the outdoor area at the back is especially sweet, lit up by hanging lanterns and some colourful fairy lights. Don’t try to be an individual and just come on Tuesdays for the Tacos like half the neighbourhood has, after all who can say no when something so delicious is only $3?

The Norfolk
a. 305 Cleveland Street Surry Hills
t. 9699 3177
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