Review of Balcon by Tapavino
Balcon is brought to us by the guys behind much loved CBD Sherry bar, Tapavino. As with Tapavino, Balcon by Tapavino is also serving Spanish tapas style dishes, but they’ve taken their own unique rustic slant here.
Located upstairs from hotspot Hubert, Balcon by Tapavino feels much larger than its older sibling and offers indoor and alfresco seating options. The tables are set close together meaning you’ll likely be sitting elbow to elbow with your fellow diners and possibly inadvertently overhearing their conversations, but it all adds to the charm of this buzzing tapas bar.
Plenty of wine bottles line the interior walls with exposed bricks, warm woods and red accents creating a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.
Executive Chef Todd Garratt (ex owner of The Wine Library, Buzo and Vincent) heads up the kitchen which offers a brunch, lunch and dinner menu featuring dishes from Northern Spain.
Naturally jamon plays an important role on the extensive menu, served alone or to compliment other dishes. Individual tapas portions include pigs ear, pimento, broad beans and potato skins or maybe fried chicken wings is more to your liking. There’s seafood of course – such as the kingfish tartare with nashi pear and fennel pollen, or more heavier meat dishes such as the braised lamb shoulder with honey wine and olives. It would be a crime not to finish with a cheese course and they offer a number of options including one of my favourites, Manchego.
The wine plays just as an important role, with an exclusively Spanish list on offer showcasing artisan drops each with their own unique terroir style. We suggest you’re going to want to enlist the help of your sommelier to assist with your choices if your Spanish wine knowledge is not up to scratch!
We think the Tapavino guys have done it again! They’ve created an inviting wine bar, with a buzzing vibe and an interesting food and drinks menu. It’s the perfect spot to visit as a couple, or as a group. Good to know they also have a private dining room seating up to 14 guests.
Address: 17 Bligh Street, Sydney
Phone: +61 2 9223 6176
Hours: Mon – Fri – 11am – 11pm, Sat – 6 – 11pm
Website: Balcon by Tapavino
Images courtesy of Balcon by Tapavino.