Sydney’s Southern Californian Infusion

Scrumptious menu selections are scrawled on old surfboards that hang from rustic walls, while neon lights cast a colourful glow over the bustling margarita bar. As sun-kissed wait-staff greet you at the door and lead you through the dimly lit bar to be seated at your table your SoCal experience begins…

It is the Nostalgic memories of a Southern Californian surf-trip that has inspired the balmy-summer-night atmosphere that surrounds.  You’ll find that founders, Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts, bring their SoCal experience to life in Northern Sydney, in spectacularly enticing way.

Tables laced with Tabasco, tequila, salsa and Tacos hint towards a menu heavily influenced by the ‘Mexican’, while fresh-seafood, dishes infused with North American flavours and fine Californian wines emphasise the SoCal mix.  Head chef, Zac Smart, serves up a creative selection of share plates and sliders, which is perfect, as you’ll want to try as many of his tasty temptations as you possibly can.

We enjoyed the Mexican slant that California is famous for all the way, starting with corn chips and guacamole and a serve of divinely naughty, thick and crispy sweet potato fries that melt lusciously in your mouth.  Then we were onto, pulled pork quesadillas with fennel, onion & pimento puree, and, Baja fish tacos with chilli slaw and pineapple salsa… needless to say, we were back for more before too long.

To start, to finish, or to accompany you the whole way through, We recommend the Classic Margarita – made to perfection with Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime, a dash of sugar and a half salt rim.  For those sworn off (or banned from) tequila there are plenty of beers, ciders and cocktails on offer to help you wash down those Empanada’s.

From the moment you step through the door you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported.  The mood is set to SoCal care-free and the palm tree-lined terrace offers the perfect place to sit and enjoy endless temptations over hot summer nights.


1 Young Street

Neutral Bay 2089

Originally published on Madame Sydney


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