Initially, we were aiming for Vietnamese street food at Phamish, but they weren’t open yet and we had to come back at 6pm, so we headed to a bar we went to 2 years ago and that we loved. The reasons for this is that there’s no loud banging music playing so you get to talk instead of scream out loud, and it’s a getaway in the city, where you’re in the city but fell you’re away from it!
Hard to believe we’re steps away from Oxford street righto? Monsieur orders a 2010 Loose End ‘roscato’ Sparkling moscato Rosé AUD 8 because Rosé is always fresh and Sydney is experiencing a major heatwave at the moment.
The rosé is crisp and fresh. I get the Pugu cocktail AUD 16 made of brokers gin, orange curaçao, lime juice and bitters shaken and strained, servec in a coupette with flamed orange zest.
Though my cocktail is good, it isn’t as sweet as I thought it would be, and Monsieur’s choice turns out to be sweeter. The orange curaçao adds a very subtle touch to the cocktail, and I’m glad I get to eat the zest.
Right next to us, there’s a lovely herb garden, wish I had some parsley on my pâté…! We get the sharing plate house-made duck liver pâté AUD 20, that comes with pâté, 8 pieces of bread that are displayed so as to have the shape of a heart (how sweet!). The pâté’s good (as good as we remembered 2 years ago!) not gamey, and highly recommended. It comes with genuine french gherkins (real sour cornichons that are not sweet!) so Monsieur is extremely happy about it
Overall, we’re very happy with the cocktails and food, though the Pugu was meant to be part of the special cocktails (AUD 16 from 3pm to 6pm, AUD 18 afterwards) and they charged us the wrong price but amended it. The bill came down to AUD 44 which is reasonable, though we will be back when they have Jazz playing downstairs (providing it’s real Jazz!!)