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Review - Iris Black




Iris Black, sibling to SaltVine on Crown Street, feels a little older and a little more sophisticated.



New signage and some dark geometric wallpaper are the only signs that anything much has changed from the venue’s Black Penny days.



By keeping the grungy neighbourhood bar aesthetic, and not wasting money on a big refit, it seems to have slid rather seamlessly into the repertoire of Surry Hills’ post-work drinkers.



It doesn’t hurt that the wide windows onto both Cleveland Street and Bourke Street let in a lovely golden afternoon glow; adding warmth to the darkly lit space.



You can tell a lot about a place by their Charcuterie Plate ($24). Iris Black’s caters for the health-conscious with meagre bread, tart pickles and good quality olives accompanying three, high quality meats. There’s jamon Serrano, chorizo Pamplona, and my personal favourite, Cabecera de Cerdo. The latter is a Spanish thinly sliced air-dried pork neck that melts on the tongue like a Communion wafer, with a clean, slightly salty finish.



Good bitterness in the Family Tree ($18) (sounds like my own) makes this Italian-inspired gin cocktail a good match to fatty meats. It’s made on Four Pillars Gin, with Italian small-batch bitters and blood orange syrup balanced by lemon. Your hot-day go-to is the Water Buoy ($18) that takes the old vodka-cranberry combo. and makes it seem wetter with watermelon liqueur.



Beef Short Ribs ($20) might not come on the bones you were expecting, but the rib meat hunks are so achingly tender, they fall into long strands when nudged with a knife. They’re teamed with beetroot two-ways, asparagus spears and a quenelle of horseradish cream. There’s nothing I don’t like about this plate.



Beef calls for wine, and the jammy dark raspberry notes of The Other Wine Co. Grenache ($60/bottle, $13/glass) answer.  Also from South Australia's McLaren Vale, the Mollydooker ‘The Violinist’ Verdelho ($45/bottle, $10/glass) is another surprise from the short list. While it wasn’t my first choice (it's tough having unavailable wines when your list is only eighteen bottles strong) it impressed with good oak and butter, drinking like a very worked wine.



The white is your better bet for Scallops ($19), which were cooked correctly, but lacked that toothsome fresh bite I want to see with seafood. The dish is not cutting any new ground, sent out on a corn puree with an over-thick Parmesan sail. “At least there’s not three. It makes me really angry,” my dining companion adds, referring to the predominance of trios on tapas plates.



To my palate, this kitchen seems to perform best when they’re cutting their own path. King Trumpet Mushrooms ($18) are tender, cross-hatched mushrooms you drag through a clever matcha green tea sauce, a crunchy egg yolk crumb and a mound of pickled enoki, which help to cut against the intensity. More than 1800 reviews in, I've not eaten this dish before.

While staff are warm and friendly, they would do well to remember that hygiene doesn’t stop at the kitchen; diners need to wash their hands as well. This is hard to achieve when you find the men’s bathroom completely devoid of all paper products.

Iris Black has the makings of a good locals bar.


Iris Black
435 Cleveland Street, Redfern
Ph: (02) 9319 5061

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Travel - Byblos Restaurant & Bar




The air is still. I’m sitting on a large covered deck in the middle of a park, looking at a dried up water feature surrounded by drought resistant plants.



The surrounding hills echo with the disorienting hum of cicadas, singing through the hottest part of the day. None-the-less I’m smiling; the environment feels utterly Australian and makes me crave an ice-cold beer.



A cuisine-appropriate Almaza Pilsner ($9) hits the spot, and, for the designated driver charged with getting you back to Sydney in one piece, House-Made Mountain Lemonade ($6). Spiked with orange blossom, the latter is a tart yet floral lemonade, while the pilsner is refreshing and inoffensive.



Labelled, Lebanese Street Food ($19), a plate of red capsicum-spiked hommous topped with nicely charred chicken hunks, olives, chopped tomato and a crown of watercress, was both interesting and new.



While designed to be a feast for one person, the Byblos Tasting Plate ($30), was easy to share, providing us with a good menu overview. A marinated, spiced and char-grilled beef skewer is teamed with shish tawouk sitting on pile of flavoursome Lebanese rice. The sautéed chicken chunks are cooked in spicy tomato, while the rice is made texturally interesting with crisp vermicelli, almonds and pine nuts.



Flash-fried cauliflower florets dusted with za’atar are good run through the garlic sauce (toum). A mint-heavy cabbage salad rounds out the plate, and eats particularly well on this hot summery day, tasting of lemon, garlic, sea salt and sumac. Despite also coming with a trio of dips – labneh, toum and hummous – this whole plate eats better with rice than bread, largely because the bread isn’t as fresh as it could be. Yes it’s a little thing, but when bread is such a vital component of a Lebanese meal, it’s a little thing that affects your meal a lot.

For fewer than sixty bucks, our lunch at Byblos Restaurant & Bar in Gosford was solid without being exceptional.


Byblos Restaurant & Bar
124 Donnison Street, Gosford
Ph: (02) 4324 6006

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Review - Dear Delicious




Located directly between Dulwich Hill’s light rail and its train station, Dear Delicious is well placed to fuel you up for the journey ahead.



With leafy green plants and a sheltered bar area constructed from recycled and repurposed materials, this pallet playground is the perfect place to reflect upon the type of world you wish to live in.



In light of our Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, saying that governments will soon cease to provide commuter transport services, I'm a bit consumed with the importance of an effective, well-run public transport system.



Fuelling my philosophical pondering is a warm mug of Ginger & Turmeric Nectar ($6.95) from the Original Mugs range at Dear Delicious.



It’s poured over coconut milk, and excellent thinking fuel as I await my dining companion, who - rather appropriately - is arriving by train.



Over a coffee and some breakfast in this lovely al fresco garden, we give the issue some more consideration. It's really the kind of space that inclines you to relax and wax lyrical.



The café’s interior has a rustic general store feel, with a mishmash of different types of furniture, and a counter full of freshly made sandwiches, wraps, slices and granola yoghurt bowls, ready to grab and eat on the run. On the back wall there are shelves of take-home products running from tea to olive oil to bamboo drink canisters.



The eat-in menu goes the extra mile to keep breakfast interesting. The Handmade Burrata Bomb ($18.95) is a lovely salad built around a glorious knot of oozing white cheese. Sitting around this jewel is a crown of confit salmon, beets, pickled baby fennel, orange segments and snapping fresh herbs and greens. It’s a healthy yet decadent bowl that keeps my fork coming back.



Cardamom poached pears are the highlight of a Creamy Forbidden Millety Buckwheat Pudding ($16.95) made on almond milk. It’s creamy and satisfying, and kept texturally interesting with a scattering of pistachios.



And if you’re feeling naughty, the Strawberry Rose Dear Mess ($15.95) is a perfect breakfast add-on. It’s an eye-catching and summery collection of sweet soils, curds, gels, fruits and fluffy coconut yoghurt adored with sails of strawberry gum-spiced meringue. The bright colours and edible blooms look right at home in this green garden setting, and the energy boost should be enough to get you to your next destination, however you choose to travel.


Dear Delicious
245 Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill
Ph: (02) 8068 1668

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Review - SaltVine




Crown Street newcomer, SaltVine, is already winning over the Surry Hills after work crowd, undoubtedly bolstered by a half-price bill offer on Dimmi that is running until the end of January. The restaurant is building upon Sydney’s love of modern Lebanese mezze, stoked by fine dining street-mate Nour, but at a much more moderate price point.



The early popularity comes at a price – with every table full, the small two-person front of house team are looking a bit stressed.



While I look longingly at the top shelf booze awaiting their upcoming cocktail list, they’re making a jug of Beirut Sangria ($20) with a Lebanese Cabernet Sauvignon blend and an air of desperation.



The resulting drink is distinctly Lebanese but a little heavy on aniseed (from the Arak) for my palate. As the Almaza pilsner advertised on the bar neon is also unavailable, I try a few of the Lebanese wines on their short, eight bottle list, where nothing is pricier than $36. The salmon pink Rose de Ksara ($34/bottle, $10/glass) isn’t a sugar bath, though it’s quite acidic for a rose. As for the Fakra Blanc de Blanc ($36/bottle, $10/glass), while I know the region is famous for its oil reserves, I’d prefer not to taste petrochemical funk in my wine. I wouldn’t say either are great food wines.



The kitchen seems to be coping with the crowds as mezze dishes come out quickly. That said, the presentation of my Scotch Meshwi ($26) is a little less inspiring than the Instagram photo that enticed me into ordering this dish. The flavours are good, with tender scotch fillet cooked just to blue served on sweet carrot puree with a pat of hot paprika butter melting on top. I'd have preferred the gristly bits of the steak to have been trimmed.



Where SaltVine does excel is with Shankleesh ($16) – a Lebanese cheese salad where olives and lightly pickled fennel help to balance out the chalkiness of the cheese. Juicy orange segments, baby herbs, red capsicum and hunks of almond add more complementary flavours and textural interest, making this the best version of this popular salad I’ve tried.



The Beetroot Tahini Dip ($12) cleverly combines two elements of traditional Lebanese mezze – an earthy dip and pickled turnip - into one smartly presented bowl.



I’m also enamoured with the saffron labneh under my Lamb Kibbeh ($18). The crisp footballs of lamb mince and bulgur wheat are good quality, but could have been more heavily seasoned.



The only real miss were the Syrian String Cheese Cigars ($16) that were more like empty spring rolls. There’s too much pastry, too little cheese and a nigella seed-topped tomato harissa sauce that’s way to close to sweet chilli for my liking.



It’s still early days here, so it will be interesting to see how SaltVine settles once they have their cocktail list up and running, and correct systems and staffing levels in place.

SaltVine
535 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 8937 2191

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Travel - The Edible Garden Cafe Restaurant




After a week of eating out on a short break in the Northern Rivers, I was ready for some simpler food. Spying a sign to The Edible Garden Café Restaurant on the road to Lismore, I was instantly intrigued. There’s nothing I like better than a short distance between garden and plate. Barrels of bright blooms herald the entranceway to a small courtyard of al fresco tables.



The restaurant itself is a large corrugated iron shed with exposed wooden beams and long farmhouse tables.



On the counter, a gorgeous old cash register immediately catches my eye.



It’s a surprisingly large interior – more designed around functions than café guests. A group of golfing seniors illustrate this point, with long tables of cackling women getting raucous on bottles of BYO wine. We take a window seat as far away from them as possible, achieving both a slight breeze and views into the leafy green garden.

From the short, six-item luncheon menu we decide to share Hearty Gourmet Sausages ($17.50) and the Signature Pumpkin Salad ($17.50) to get the most out of the garden-fresh produce.



My always hungry dining companion asked to add on a side of Bread ($7) without realising that an avalanche of food was about to descend. It arrives on a monstrous square slate with green olives, olive tapenade, olive oil, dukkah and fresh tomatoes.



Presented on a long, platter-sized bit of slate, the signature salad features cumin and maple syrup roasted butternut pumpkin with baby spinach and other leaves, spiced nuts, crumbled goats’ cheese and lashings of fig balsamic dressing under scattered edible blooms. It’s generosity overload, with way more salad than one person could handle.



We’re almost thankful the country-style pork, apple and sultana sausages come on a plate, albeit one full to the brim with seasonal roasted vegetables. There are green beans, pumpkin, onions, zucchini as well as potato mash and a rich red wine jus. Nothing is too cheffy - it's all cooked the way your grandparents would relate to.



We take a walk around the property to work off this feast, which came to the princely sum of $42. With artfully placed saddles and carriages, it’s more wedding function centre than it is working garden – we struggle to find any vegetable beds at all. However it’s hard to complain after eating such a generous lunch of simple, honest food, served up at a reasonable price.


The Edible Garden Cafe Restaurant
12 Converys Lane, Wollongbar
Ph: (02) 6628 8994

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Review - The Woods Pantry




My stomach drops a bit when I realise that to find The Woods Pantry, I have to drive into the enormous Bunnings car park at Villawood. It wasn’t quite where I was expecting to find this little pocket of 'hipster in the suburbs' café. After circuiting the hardware giant and driving through another gate, I find the café dwarfed in a cluster of indoor climbing, laser skirmish, bowling and go-kart racing centres.



I start to breathe easier when I spy Astroturf, a casually parked lime green bicycle and Campos umbrellas – the signs and signifiers of an environment that is much more my speed...



The interior is airy and spacious, with orderly white tiles juxtaposed against exposed multi-shade bricks, and polished concrete floors softened by hanging basket ferns.



I only wish they’d gone the full street art route rather than relying on kitsch kitchen illustrations to draw your eye away from the windows looking onto the car park surrounds.



While my dining companion sticks with the advertised Campos in the form of a clean-tasting glass of Cold Drip ($5.00), I’m tempted into their daily fresh juice by friendly staff. The vividly orange blend of Carrot, Apple and Orange Juice ($7) is vibrant and refreshing, and a perfect companion to the Toasted Cauliflower Salad ($15).



Turmeric-tinged cauliflower on a bed of pearl cous cous and hummus is kept interesting with toasted almonds, dried apricots, bright green baby spinach leaves and bright magenta pomegranate arils.



The menu – in case you hadn’t already surmised – is classic café brunch fare with an Arabic twist. Appropriately they’ve swapped out bacon and pork for Moroccan lamb, and sujuk, a dry, spicy Turkish beef sausage. Even your standard Smashed Avocado ($16) has been given a more exotic edge with the addition of tabouli, dukkah, sumac and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses over the (sadly set) poached eggs.



A tart collection of passionfruit, blueberries and pomegranate with a dab of tangy yoghurt helps to prevent the Vanilla French Toast ($15.50) from descending into over-sweet. Apple matchsticks and pistachios add some crunch, with seasonally appropriate blueberries rounding out the pretty dish at this cafe which punches above what you might expect in a suburban family entertainment precinct car park.


The Woods Pantry
Unit 5A 824-850 Woodville Road, Villawood
Ph: (02) 9727 4753

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Travel - The Belle General




Keeping the bones of the old-fashioned general store it used to be, The Belle General has a relaxed charm that suits its location opposite Shelly Beach.



The interior is a mismatched collection of plastic chairs covered in fine, hand-stitched leather, and repurposed wood tables, benches and banquettes, with chalkboard and butchers’ paper specials menus.



It’s the kind of cafe that gives the impression nobody will bat an eyelid if you and the dog both pull up at an outside table with sandy feet.

 

Allpress coffee is well made in a Flat White ($4) making it the best coffee experience I’ve had on this Northern Rivers trip. Unfortunately in an Iced Coffee ($7), it wasn’t quite as impressive. A friendly floor team of sun-kissed, blonde youngsters deliver our drinks, which also include a wonderful cold-pressed Carrot Juice ($7.50) made with carrots, oranges, lemons, ginger and organic turmeric.



Breakfasts here nudge more towards rustic than fancy, with the chalkboard special of Ham and Roast Mushrooms on Grilled Sourdough ($18) arriving under a poached egg and a handful of undressed leaves. The ham is great, but the good-looking mushrooms are lacking in both salt and texture, having been stewed in rather than fried.



Expect to find all your healthier Sydney favourites, from dressed up granola to a breakfast bowl salad, plus a host of gluten and dairy-free options. The emphasis on sourcing local, high quality produce also means they make a standout bacon and Scrubby Farm Gully eggs. Build it anyway you like, starting with a base of Eggs on Sourdough ($10.50) and adding on organic, free-range Bacon ($4) and a pot of Chilli Sauce ($1.50) if you so desire. Only the sourdough doesn't exceed Sydney heights.


The Belle General
12 Shelly Beach Road, East Ballina
Ph: (0411) 361 453

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Review - Dante's Grill & Tapas Bar




Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” my dining companion whispers as we climb the stairs into Dante’s Grill & Tapas Bar.



It’s a quote from Italy’s most famous poet, Dante Alighieri, from Dante’s Inferno, the first part of The Divine Comedy.



Appropriately the darkened doorway opens up into cavernous surrounds, with rich red curtains, distressed exposed brick walls, candlelit lanterns and waterfalls of dripping wax.



The questions now haunting me are what does an Italian poet have to do with a quasi-Spanish tapas bar in Cremorne; and why are Duck Pancakes ($17/3 pieces) on the menu? Curiosity turns out to be a bit of a theme for the evening...



I was afraid of how hard it might be working in a kitchen, so I went and did it,” explains owner Tae Pang. Two years ago, the former chartered accountant walked past a Spanish restaurant in Crows Nest that was being run by two Nepalese men, and decided to ask for a job. With no hospitality experience he began his journey as a kitchen hand and delivery driver, progressing through fryer and grill before running the whole line.



Two years later Pang has segued from cook into restaurateur. He's heading up his first restaurant, with three more in the works, joking he is “still in hell.” Moving out of the kitchen, he's hired two chefs who have collaborated on the menu, under the brief: “What’s a good small plate to have a wine with?” Which is precisely how the duck pancakes came to be...



Yet the Dante’s Grill and Tapas menu eats better than it initially reads. Starting with a generous serve of paprika-dusted Calamari Pimentos ($17) the Sharing Banquet ($49/person) lets you avoid making your own selections.



While the opening calamari dish is sized to satisfy (and ensure you don’t gnaw off your leg), most of the following tapas are bite-sized, from pumpkin, sage and cheese-stuffed zucchini flowers, to accessible cod croquettes that are heavier on potato than bacalao salado (intensely flavoured, salted, dried fish).



Most dishes seem to come surrounded by flaked almonds, including the Haloumi ($15), which proves to be my dish of the night. It’s accompanied by black currants, green basil oil and house-pickled zucchini – unusual bedfellows, but they work against the golden, salty cheese.



Seared scallops and black pudding served on cauliflower puree is a more usual combination, but it’s well executed and enjoyable to eat.



Cheese-stuffed meatballs are lean and flavoursome against a Neapolitan sauce and sticky black lashings of a Pedro Ximinez sherry reduction.



Only a beetroot salad with dry sheep’s feta, baby spinach leaves and walnuts wants for a bit more interest.



If tapas plates and shared meals aren’t really your thing, Dante’s also functions as a grill. The kitchen also turns out well-cooked, high quality steaks. My glistening 350g Rib Eye ($36) arrived with crisp kipfler potatoes, green beans and herb butter, cooked to a perfect medium-rare. The beef is tender, and nicely crosshatched with marks from the grill.

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Despite Dante's being a tapas bar, I can’t say the drinks were a highlight. From the combative list of cocktails, I’m stunned into Stupefy ($17), which takes tequila and Midori and then muddles them with strawberry, lime and mint into a drinkable affair. My dining companion stands on Principle ($15), despite it being labeled a ladies’ drink. It’s basically your standard lychee martini, but pleasantly it was balanced rather than over-sweet. From the succinct selection of six wines, the reasonably mainstream Frontera Pinot Noir ($12/glass) was inoffensive and cuisine-appropriate, especially when my usual Spanish mainstay – sangria – was nowhere to be seen.

Dante's Grill & Tapas Bar
Shop 16 (Upstairs), Cremorne Plaza
332 Military Road, Cremorne
Ph: (02) 8384 4508

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Travel - The Bank Cafe




Lismore is a town still orientated towards a flood. Even nine months after the event, time here is still divided into before the flood and after the flood in people’s narratives. The Bank Café was one of the first venues to re-open after Cyclone Debbie, with owner Brad Rickard promising locals affected by the flood “a night to blow off a bit of steam”. The evening was an extension upon their regular Friday night series – Buns & Hops – where live music, craft beer and a clever list of burgers, attract in the crowds. With my dinners sewn up with bookings at the region’s extensive list of fine dining restaurants, I only had time to visit The Bank Café for breakfast...



The venue itself is a curious mismatch of styles. Royal blue feature walls, a long orange banquette, and a retro television set in a wooden cabinet help to give it a homely vibe. At the same time, the high Edwardian ceiling and dangling art nouveau lights, give the large airspace space a sense of grandeur. At the rear you'll find wooden signboards for the treasury building it once was (hence the name).



It’s a big space, and packed on the morning I visit, with just one poor waitress on the floor. She’s a little ray of sunshine despite this undoubtedly daunting task. When I ask where I find juices in the extensive menu, she fires back: “I hide them at the back because I like the attention of being asked.



My resulting Orange, Carrot and Ginger ($6) juice comes very quickly, all things considered, but I’m not quite so lucky with my coffee.



While my dining companion’s strong Flat White ($4.30) arrives in good time, ten minutes passes without the appearance of the other. When we catch her in flight to point out the mistake, it’s quickly and apologetically rectified. The house beans are a bit bitter in the flat white, but scrub up better against more milk in my Latte ($3.80). Both coffees drink a bit thinly, lacking the level of complexity and body we both prefer.



While I stick to a breakfast designed by the café itself, my dining companion builds his own adventure, starting with Scrambled Eggs on Organic Sourdough Toast ($9.50). He adds Bacon ($4) and Hollandaise ($2), though the highlight of the plate turns out to be the house-made Potato Rostis ($3/2). These generously proportioned shredded potato cakes are the best I’ve had in ages. They’re both tasty and super-moist, meaning I'm kicking myself for not ordering my own set.



The Charred Corn and Chive Fritter Stack ($13) I did order is a heaving plate of food for the spend. The rustic vegetable fritters are accompanied by two poached eggs, a mound of bacon, smashed avocado and feta, rocket, cherry tomatoes, aioli, Stone & Wood sauce and mixed herbs, under a wedge of lime.

We leave well-fueled after joining the payment queue where a group of school girls each pay separately, adding to the poor waitress’s work load. She handles it with a warm and genuine smile for every paying customer.


The Bank Cafe
67 Molesworth Street, Lismore
Ph: (02) 6622 6100

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Review - Whirly Bird




Sydney's hip chicken spot explosion continues with Whirly Bird joining the burgeoning flock currently populated by Le Coq, Juicy Lucy, Belles Hot Chicken, Butter, Chicken Institute and Thirsty Bird.



Whirly Bird has slotted into the vacancy left by 84 Union St. in Pyrmont. Keeping the bones of the former bar, the cosmetic refit includes a chequerboard ceiling, dangling dome lights and large half-moon mirrors, in the style of a retro American cafeteria. It’s enhanced by a soundtrack plucked from the fifties and sixties, with a good dose of surf instrumental.



At Whirly Bird, Anthony Prior, formerly of Keystone Group, is collaborating with two other ex-Keystone colleagues, Rollo Anderson and Liam Doherty-Penzer, from The Rook.



The pair have collated their musically inspired cocktail magic inside record covers – mine features accomplished baritone, Harry Secombe.



Sgt. Peppers ($17) arrives with an appropriate Beatles coaster. It's a quaffable blend of Pisco, guava and bitters with a grapefruit twist. Pink peppercorns nudge it from being a pretty drink to something a bit more serious. Appearing under a Tom Waits’ coaster, Frank’s Wild Years ($18), envelops you in a cloud of ‘coffee and cigarettes’. It’s a Scotch-based cocktail that drinks smoothly and inclines me to want another.



Both cocktails are a little on the small side, so you might want a Wild Yak Pacific Ale ($9/400ml) chaser if you’re actually thirsty (water is for wusses after all).



While you can head down the bar snacks or burger route, it’s actually very easy to construct a well-priced, reasonably healthy sharing meal here. With spit roasted quarter chickens on offer, we're able to pit Butterflied & Spiced ($10/quarter) and Whole Brined Overnight ($12/quarter) against A Bunch of Crispy Bird ($18/5 pieces) without blowing the budget. Wild fennel, sage and liver stuffing gives a meaty complexity to the juicy, flavoursome brined bird.



Lemon, peri peri and marjoram keep the butterflied version light and bright, combining into a lovely chicken jus.



With our fried bird, we had trouble choosing between the chilli, honey caramel, and Whirly Bird’s house-made barbeque sauce, so we asked for both, with the chilli honey caramel proving the best. While the pieces of this one seem small, it’s because they have been really well manicured. I kept expecting to find little bones, but they’re not there.



Half-serve sides mean two-ups like us don’t feel like inconveniences in a bar geared towards groups. White Guy Kimchi Slaw ($5) - a salad taming the Korean staple - keeps my dining companion’s obsession with fermentation at bay.



I’m kept happy with some greens in the form of Sprouts, Cabbage and Broccoli ($5) cooked in miso and sesame oil with a crisp eschalot topping. My only gripe – even with an empty bar, the fast-paced kitchen ignored our charming Italian waitress’s instruction to go slow and not bring everything at once. She was profoundly apologetic.

While it would be easy to dismiss Whirly Bird as just another hipster chicken joint, it's actually a good spot to eat a well-priced and surprisingly honest chicken dinner.


Whirly Bird
84 Union Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9660 7134

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