100 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo, 2000 NSW
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|MON||12:00pm - late|
|TUE||12:00pm - late|
|WED||12:00pm - late|
|THU||12:00pm - late|
|FRI||12:00pm - late|
|SAT||4:00pm - late|
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From the Efendy group, Baharat is a cocktail bar and spice shop inspired by Taksim's nightlife and street bars, and the fragrant spice markets of Istanbul.
Led by top Turkish chef and MasterChef Turkey co-host Somer Sivrioglu, the Efendy Group is behind some of Sydney's best Turkish dining, including the original Efendy Balmain (currently closed while the group scopes out a new location), Anason in Barangaroo, and the beautiful Maydanoz at Wynyard.
Baharat is a reimagining of the group's polished kebab bar, Tombik. Sivrioglu and team realised the location was a prime spot for a fresh and casual drinks offering, and queued up some of Turkey's top bar talent to deliver a super unique and very authentic Turkish cocktail bar experience, spice included.
Behind Baharat are bar manager Emre Bilgin (ex-Geyik, a famous hole-in-the-wall bar in Cihangir) and assistant bar manager Berk Abdullahoglu (ex-Kaia, a dive bar in Bebek). A series of delightful house cocktails includes the "Bici Bici" with vodka, banana, sour cherry, and rose water, and the "Raisin Hell", with bourbon, Dark Matter, Cypriot raisins, and hazelnut bitters.
The group is well-known for showcasing incredible Turkish wine, and at Baharat you can sip Karasakiz (a light-bodied, soft red) and Narince (a floral white wine), alongside some other more familiar varietals grown in Turkey.
To snack, group executive chef Arman Uz is dishing out stone-baked bread with sides of hummus and babaganoush. There's crispy falafel, a spicy Turkish-style sandwich, and a menu of pide with toppings like Anatolian three-cheese and pastirma with kashar cheese. The menu is also available for takeaway.
As for the spice shop, Sivrioglu explains, "Ourspice shop is a place of wonder, where customers can explore the depth and variety of Turkish spices. We believe that every spice has a story, and we are dedicated to sharing those stories with our customers, imparting knowledge and promoting cultural understanding!”
Baharat will open on Friday 28 April, 2023.
Image credit: Steven Woodburn