Alex Harmon takes in another night of al fresco dining before we're all locked away for winter...
It’s the original small bar in town, and unlike its inner-city counterparts, this one isn’t hidden away. Mrs Sippy spills out into Bay Street for ample opportunity of being seen. Très Double Bay.
Aptly, we commence with cocktails; mine combining watermelon, mint, vodka, pinot noir and my favourite fairytale – the Red Riding Hood ($18) is big and bad (in the best possible way).
The menu is made up of entrées, mains and share plates, although I’d recommend sharing everything - especially the Chicken Liver Parfait ($18)...
...a kind of fluffy pâté that goes superbly with apricot chutney and crisp sourdough.
Seared Scallops ($21) could be harder to share because they’re so good, bouncy and fresh with spiced cauliflower and almonds.
Marinated Tuna ($24) is pretty but a little flavourless – lashings of horseradish and beetroot help.
It’s guilt-free, but if you’re feeling bad, the Wagyu Beef Pizza ($25) hits the mark with a buttery garlic sauce and red cabbage for crunch and colour.
And to really indulge, go the Dark Chocolate Pot ($16) with peanut brittle ice-cream and honeycomb. I tried sharing this but didn’t get much of a look-in. I couldn’t help but say to my date: “My, my what a big mouth you have.”
37 Bay Street, Double Bay
Ph: (02) 9362 3321