There’s barely room to swing a cat in this tiny, loud addition to the portfolio of tapas restaurants in Sydney, owned by chefs and owners Ben Millgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz, who also own hugely popular Argentinean restaurant Porteno. With a colourful mural on the wall that proclaims ‘Full belly, content heart’, and a gregarious vibe, the place can fill up quickly with Surry Hills locals, who converge in throngs in a clatter of small plates and clinking glasses. There’s plenty of bread and oil to go around, and the way to do Bodega is to order wide and varied. Try the perennial favourites – the Argentinean-style empanadas, piquillo peppers stuffed with Bacala, a salad of octopus, and a Spanish chorizo and kipfler potatoes. All plates range from $6 up to $32 – around three should fill you up. Wash it down with excellent cocktails like the Surly Temple, a tangy refresher made with fresh passionfruit, mint and lime shaken with Zytnia Vodka, Liquor 43 and orange. All in all, fun and tasty stuff.
- Shop 1/216 Commonwealth Street,
- +61 2 9212 7766
- Opening Times
- Open: noon-2pm Thurs-Fri, 6-10pm Mon-Sat.