One day, if you haven’t already, you will meet someone whom you have an immediate connection with. A connection so strong that they complement you in every way, making you even more amazing than you already were. This incredibly passionate encounter is rare, but it’s exactly the kind of connection that occurs between the food and booze pairings at these Sydney restaurants.
Check them out below and restore your belief that soul mates do, in fact, exist!
Blackrock Brasserie’s beergustation (now closed)
Welcoming a unique dining concept to Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, this culinary hub is built around the fine art of beer making. Featuring an innovative, seasonal menu that brings to life ingredients from the brewing process, Blackrock serves exceptional food made from the finest and freshest ingredients. In order to truly appreciate the flavours of this duo, we recommend trying their famous ‘beergustation’, which features a tasting paddle of every home brewed beer available paired with a tasting dish for a humble $30 per head. Courses include prawn cocktails, pork belly hash cakes, beef shin and mushroom pie and a chocolate and stout brownie with muscovado cream. Each dish utilises beer as the framework in which flavours are crafted on, and you’ll finish your meal with a new-found appreciation of beer.
Red Lily's beer and clam nights
If you didn't already know that beer and clams go together like Vegemite and avocado (it works!), then you should head over to Red Lily in Darlinghurst and see for yourself! Dishes such as tua tua clams in tamarind and basil sauce and storm clam fritters with chilli and peanut sauce are carefully matched with a refreshing local craft beer and are guaranteed to satisfy your seafood and beer lovin’ soul. This culinary experience is $60 per person and spots are extremely limited, so get in touch with them now to secure your spot, the next one is scheduled for June 22-23.
The Owl House’s cocktail degustation
Situated on Crown Street in Darlinghurst, this dimly-lit bar is one of the few bar/kitchen hybrids in Sydney where the food and booze tastes equally as good as each other. This becomes clear through their cocktail degustation, which allows you to indulge in six-courses expertly matched to a cocktail. Take the freshly shucked oyster with elderflower and pomegranate sorbet for instance, which is paired with a Singapore Sling cocktail featuring cherry gin, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, fresh lime, pineapple grenadine and bitters. The degustation at The Owl House may set you back $135, but the memories of your happy taste buds will last a life time.
Yayoi’s sake pairing menu
There’s no need for any metaphoric analogies when it comes to sushi and sake—this pair is a match made in foodie heaven and Yayoi absolutely nails it! Located in Bridge Street Sydney, this Japanese restaurant offers two degustation menus, The Kayaba, which comes with 10 courses for $80 per head, and The Yozakura, featuring 10 courses for $65. Our favourite dish in both would have to be the salmon teriyaki, which comes with vegetables and salmon roe and goes down perfectly with a cup of their cold sake. Whichever degustation you choose, prepare your belly for an unforgettable foodie experience.
Sepia’s tasting menu with matching wines
Being the brainchild of two of Sydney's highest regarded food identities, Martin Benn and George Costi, it is no surprise that the Sepia tasting menu is a food and wine match made in heaven. With a seasonal menu drawing inspiration from Japan, this Sydney restaurant offers a 5-course ($160 per person), and a 9-course tasting menu ($190 per head). With their modern-meets-lavish interiors and delicious seasonal dishes, Sepia is more than just a restaurant/wine bar, but a destination on its own.
Cheese and wine flights at GPO Sydney
The historically beautiful GPO building in Sydney has a cheese and wine room offering over 100 seasonal Australian and European cheeses and 250 international and Australian boutique wines (we know, AMAZING). For a truly unique food and booze-pairing experience, the array of GPO flights offer three delicious cheeses skilfully matched with three sensational wines or whiskeys. These flights range from $35-$42 per head and make the perfect Friday night activity to wind down a long working week.
Images: Ellen Ji at Blackrock Brasserie