A gently melodic tinkle heralds the arrival of Restaurant Manager Jessica Mead, wafting across the floor in a bright Camilla Franks kaftan.
Her welcoming smile and down-to-earth nature suits this little slice of Ibiza, pitched to become the crowning jewel of Darling Harbour.
The blue-tiled Mediterranean kitchen produces arguably the best food I’ve had in an area better known for family-style dining and the odd tourist trap.
Sibella Court’s blue and white colour scheme continues into roughly hewn fabric awnings, shading a balcony overlooking the waters of Cockle Bay.
With several styles of seating, it beckons as the perfect place for sundowners.
Start with draught Peroni ($9) or craftier Moon Dog ‘Love Tap’ ($10) as the sun goes down and The Star lights come up.
While the brand speaks to me of lazy Sunday sessions; down to providing everything you need in one killer cocktail - El Jalisco ($19) featuring Don Julio Reposado, chilli, ginger, chorizo and a Laphroaig rinse – it’s also a credible restaurant.
Dining as a twosome, I skipped over shared mains in favour drinking snacks from Crispy Cased Berkshire Pig Jowls ($24);
...to vibrant Snapper Tartare ($24) set off by fennel and Yarra Valley caviar;
...to a pretty Blackmore’s Wagyu Bresaola ($28).
Make sure you check out the loos…
Café Del Mar
Rooftop Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf, 35 Wheat Road, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9267 6700