The crowded, warm, and cheery Tapavino, tucked away in one of Sydney’s side streets was the perfect place to catch-up with a high school friend on a rainy and wintery (by Sydney standards) evening. My friend Tracy chose the place, and golly, I was so glad she did, because everything about it was amazing!
Firstly, I loved the bustling atmosphere–Tapavino‘s one of those places where you need to cosy up with your company and raise your voice to be heard, but you’re happy to do so because of the positive energy and good cheer surrounding you. It’s where you’d go to meet an old friend, with whom you can talk about everything and nothing, or perhaps spend a hearty evening in the comfortable company of a loved one. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Tapavino reminded me of the well-loved bars in Europe, where the delicious food and wine form just the beginning of a great evening.
I realised that evening I’d never had white sangria before, so Tracy and I got a glass each—it was fruity, fresh, and simply delightful!
From the jamón/ham bar, we got the jamón serrano, burrata, pickled onion ($20), which was a good start to the evening.
Tracy and I had both been eyeing the half-shell seared Queensland scallops, morcilla, and chilli ($22), and boy, was it rich and glorious!
And we needed some veggies, right? Nothing quite like some baked globe artichoke, smothered with cow’s milk cheese ($14).
This doesn’t look like much, but golly, were we full by the end! Of course, there’s always room for dessert, so Tracy and I shared a delicious dulce de leche tart ($12), with a generous dollop of cream.
Visited on: Tuesday, 22 September 2015. Dinner.
Spent: $50 per person (the sangria was roughly $15 each)
Overall: Although I initially thought this was a little on the pricey side, I ended up enjoying every moment of dinner, and was thoroughly fed and watered by the night’s end. Our waitress was also very helpful, and gave us a few suggestions based on what we’d wanted to order, whittling down our kazillion desired dishes to what ended up being spot on. 8.5/10.
Monday – Friday: 12:00-23:30